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May 2018

Discover Sonoma Mountain!

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In the month of May, the North Coast Nature Journal club will be heading into the beautiful wooded hills east of Santa Rosa with our sketchbooks and watercolors as well as our observation skills and our learning intentions. This site is incredibly gorgeous this time of year, with verdant oaks,  lofty redwoods, dramatic creekbeds and waterfalls, and some incredible views of Sonoma County. We will go over several observation techniques that are useful with these particular subjects and do some…

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June 2018

Tracking Animal Sign and Bird Language at the Laguna!

June 3 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Laguna Foundation, 900 sanford rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401 United States

I love the Laguna de Santa Rosa in Sonoma County, and on June third I get to teach tracking and bird language there with the Laguna Foundation. My all time record for most species of raptors I have seen in one hour happened there! Because of the riparian areas there is also a large diversity of interesting mammals to track. In this workshop you will learn how a tracking perspective can help you learn more, see more, and have more…

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Survey Salmon Creek Beach!

June 10 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In June, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will head to one of my favorite spots, South Salmon Creek Beach! This is a very fun location to observe coastal sand dunes, wetlands, waterbirds, and to explore animal tracks including a resident family of red foxes! We won't hike long distances but the terrain is slightly challenging because it is mostly sand dunes. The weather is variable and can be windy. Be prepared for sun, sand, and wind. Bring sketching and…

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July 2018

Low Tide Adventure at Shorttail Gulch!

July 8 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

In July, we will hike a little-known trail through prime owl habitat down to a beautiful cove with shorebirds and tidal rocks! There are also great wildflowers, raptors, and hummingbirds along the way. This is one of my favorite new spots to nature journal in all of the North Bay. We will be there during a relatively low tide so that we can apply our journaling practice towards the fascinating web of life that exists where the waves meet the…

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August 2018

Enjoy the Beauty of Bodega Head!

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

In August, we will escape the heat and head to the  majestic coastal bluffs of Bodega Head! This is a great place to learn about the local geology that underlies our region. It is also a great place to practice the rock drawing skills that we learned in June at Shorttail Gulch. There are some impressive old cypress trees where we will practice several brush stroke techniques. If you have one make sure to bring one of those Pentel ink …

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September 2018

Draw Majestic Elk and Epic Landscapes!

September 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
McClure’s Beach Trailhead, McClure's Beach Trailhead + Google Map

In September we will hike out on Tomales Point in Marin County to see the elk herds during their rut and enjoy the overall epic scenes! The Tule elk will be on their most dramatic behavior this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. Last year it was great! We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your journal.…

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Come Draw Piles of Gorgeous Vegetables with Me!

September 11 - September 13
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

Come practice drawing and nature journaling in an information dense setting at the wonderful Heirloom Expo in Santa Rosa. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in nature, diversity, gardening, plants, and art. It is also a very affordable event. I will be going there with the focus of honing my drawing skills and practicing my nature journaling technique in a setting that is rich in information! Send me an email if you want to draw with me! Marley339@gmail.com…

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Nature Journal Jumpstart This Fall!

September 16 @ 9:00 am - October 7 @ 12:00 pm

Do you want to experience nature with fresh eyes? Do you want to notice, understand, and remember more of the vibrant world around you? This fun class will teach you the tools used by the greatest naturalists of all time. Using pencils, ink, and watercolor we will create sketches and take notes in the field. Come join a group of motivating people to learn more about nature while also practicing your artistic and scientific skills. The class will take place…

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October 2018

Capture the Essence of California Oak Savanna

October 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
helen putnam regional park, 411 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma,, CA 94952

In the month of October the north coast nature journal club will be exploring the rolling hills and oak savanna of Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma. We will practice several techniques for doing small watercolor landscapes to capture the essence and atmosphere of the place. We will also practice drawing three-dimensional trees with several tricks that will make your branches look like they're coming off the page. We will be hiking short distances up and down hill on this…

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November 2018

Second Chance Elk Rut!

November 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
McClure’s Beach Trailhead, McClures Beach Trailhead, Pierce Point Rd, Inverness, CA 94937 + Google Map

  EVENT CANCELLED due to likelihood of smoke!!! If you want some nature journaling home study inspiration or exercises for this weekend please email me: marley339@gmail.com. I will also probably post a video with some inspiration for indoor nature journaling.   In November we will hike back out to Tomales Point for a second chance or a double dose of the Tule Elk!  There should still be some of the mating season behavior at this time of year and we…

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