Deepen your connection to the natural world through writing and sketching. Explore, observe, and identify the inspiring flora and fauna of our parks. Each session includes instruction on artistic techniques. Please bring journal, pencils, pen, watercolor palette, and folding chair to allow for distanced seating. All artistic abilities welcome! The cost is $10 per person in county, $12 out of county and registration is required. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members, at Andy's Unity Park and the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail. For more information, contact Ellie Muelrath at Elspeth.Muelrath@sonoma-county.org.
Saturday, Aug. 28 • 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Birdwalk Coastal Access Trail
Landscapes and Vistas – Enjoy the sweeping vistas of the saltwater marsh while learning tips and tricks to capture landscape observations in your journal. We’ll experiment with texture, color, light and shape as we create quick mini-landscapes.
Sunday, Sept. 26 • Andy’s Unity Park, Jeff Bodwin Community Garden
Sketching in the garden – How does your garden grow? The garden is the perfect place to use close observation skills. Hunt for insects, leaves, flowers and fruits and learn how both the kitchen and the garden can be a source of inspiration for your nature journaling practice.
Sunday, Nov. 28 • Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, Highway 12 entrance
Wetland Observations – Get up close and personal with the flora and fauna of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. We will explore the diversity of the wetland ecosystem while also practicing incorporating maps into our nature journals.
Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 • Taylor Mountain Regional Park, Kawana Terrace entrance
Sketching Trees – Meet the fascinating world of oak woodlands while sketching trees, mosses, barks and lichens. We will learn techniques for recording observations while meeting the many species that rely on an oak tree habitat.