Spring Lake Regional Park
Deepen your connection to the natural world through writing and sketching. Explore, observe, and identify the inspiring flora and fauna of our Regional Parks. Each session includes instruction on artistic techniques. Please bring your own journal; some art supplies provided. All ages and artistic abilities welcome. For more information, call Regional Parks at (707) 539-2865.
January 5 -Riverfront Regional Park - Redwood Grove Picnic Area
Skull Studies - Explore a Regional Parks collection of animal skulls and skeletons. Learn about anatomy and function of body parts, practice seeing objects in relation to each other and think about proportion as we visually study the specimens. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
February 2 - Spring Lake Regional Park -Shady Oaks Picnic Area
California Newt Life Cycle Studies - The California newt makes seasonal use of ponds to breed, lay eggs and develop through metamorphosis. Explore the pond and observe the newt’s life cycle, while trying to capture the unique textures of newt skin, larvae gills and egg translucence. This program includes a 1-mile loop hike to get to the pond and back. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
March 8 - Ragle Ranch Regional Park – Gazebo Picnic Area
Arthropod Studies - Experience a Regional Parks collection of arthropods. Carefully study the unique bodies of our native butterflies, dragonflies, beetles and more! We will have some microscopes for micro-observations of the insect structure for our journals. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
April 5 - Crane Creek Regional Park
Wildflower Studies - Revel in the seasonal beauty of wildflowers. Practice identifying the flowers and observe the symmetry and patterns of nature through sketching. This program will include a half-mile hike. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
May 3 - Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail
Tide Pool Studies - Explore life on a rocky shore at low tide. Practice drawing the resident echinoderms or the scenic beauty of the coast itself. This program includes a 1-mile hike to get to the tide pools and back. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy beachside after the program.