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October 2017

Sketch at the Reptile Expo!

October 22, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sonoma County Fairgrounds

On October 22nd I will be geeking out with my nature journal at the reptile expo in Santa Rosa at the fairgrounds!! It will be a great opportunity to see a diversity of willing models from around the world. As you might know I am passionate about sketching snakes and really look forward to drawing some of the endlessly fascinating color patterns on their skins. Look for parking at the Veterans hall across the street. 1351 Maple Ave, Santa Rosa,…

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November 2017

Second Chance Elk at Tomales Point!

November 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, Pierce Point Road, Inverness, CA + Google Map

In November we will hike back out to Tomales Point for a second chance or a double dose of the Tule Elk! We went once in September and it was awesome! There should still be some of the mating season behavior at this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your…

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December 2017

Explore Sunset at the Laguna!

December 17, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm

In December we will meet at the Laguna de Santa Rosa trail during the most exciting and most beautiful time of day! The crepuscular hours are when many raptors can be seen hunting and many mammals are out in the open. Every time I walk this trail near sunset I'm surprised by how many birds I see and by the incredibly lit landscapes. Last time, I saw a family of owls! We will focus on techniques for drawing and painting…

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February 2018

Capture the Beauty of Bodega Head!

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bodega Head

For the month of February, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will be heading out to Bodega Head in Sonoma County! I am really excited about the opportunities that this spot will provide. We will focus on techniques for drawing and painting quick landscapes and how to crop and choose a good composition.  There are many beautiful coves, rock formations, and charismatic trees to draw. While we are working on these, there will probably be cool bird sightings mixed in,…

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March 2018

Discover the Grove of Old Redwoods

March 11 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grove of Old Trees, 17400 Fitzpatrick Lane
Occidental , CA United States
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For the month of March, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will be discovering the grove of old redwood trees in Occidental! I am  excited about the journaling opportunities at this forested location. We will focus on techniques for drawing ferns, trees, and simplifying bark patterns. We will also be on the lookout for interesting amphibians that may be living in the redwood duff and birds that might visit. We won't cover much distance and we will probably have long…

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April 2018

Sketch and Journal at Shell Beach!

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
CA United States

In the month of April, the North Coast Nature Journal club will be heading back to the beautiful ocean with our sketchbooks and watercolors as well as our observation skills and our learning intentions. This site will provide a perfect opportunity for practicing the drawing of compelling landscape scenes including rocks, water, and coastal bluffs. We will go over several techniques specifically designed to help you portray these subjects with line work or in watercolor. There is also a secret…

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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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