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September 2016

Explore the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail

September 18, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, 6303 Highway 12,
Santa Rosa,
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Join the North Coast Nature Journaling meet up this month at the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail in Sebastopol. We will keep our eyes open for wonderful bird encounters while practicing drawing the beautiful landscape scenes this location provides. Last time I was there I saw 5 species of raptors including a family of Great Horned Owls. We will explore whatever other curiosities nature has in store. Bring sketching and watercolor supplies, binoculars, and a potluck lunch to share. A…

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October 2016

Oakland Nature Festival!

October 2, 2016
Lake Merrit Rotary Nature Center, 600 Bellevue Ave, Oakland, CA 94612
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Come join me at this cool event in the East Bay! I will be teaching a skull drawing workshop and John Muir Law's will be teaching a bird drawing class. Meghan Walla-Murphy will be teaching a bird language class in the morning. This free festival is a celebration of the nation’s first wildlife refuge & the biodiversity in the heart of the Oakland. Come meet & enjoy dozens of environmental organizations, wildlife rescue groups, live animals, local merchants, and nature artists…

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February 2017

Explore Ragle Ranch, Sebastopol

February 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
ragle ranch park, 500 Ragle Rd, Sebastopol, CA 95472
sebastopol, ca 95472 United States
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Join the North Coast Nature Journaling meetup this month at the Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol! We will stay out of the mud but still have fun drawing oak trees, observing bird behavior, and whatever else we discover. Last time I was there I saw 2 species of centipedes, listened to a frog chorus, and found mistletoe fruit stuck to my shoe! Bring sketching and watercolor supplies, binoculars, and a potluck lunch to share. Layered clothing, and a foldable chair…

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March 2017

Discover Salmon Creek!

March 19 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For the magnificent month of March we will meet at South Salmon Creek, just North of Bodega Dunes campground on Hwy 1. This is a very fun location to observe coastal wetlands, waterbirds, and to explore animal tracks including red foxes. This will be the perfect trip to learn more about animal tracking, how to draw tracks, and how to frame and paint 5 minute landscape sketches. We won't hike long distances but the terrain is slightly challenging because it…

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April 2017

“Easter Egg hunt” Hood Mountain!

April 16 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hood Mountain Southwest Entrance, 8006 Pythian Rd
santa rosa, CA 95409 United States
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I plan on going despite some rain in forecast. Do you want to go on an "Easter egg hunt" with a bunch of curious and fun nature nerds? What better way to spend part of your Easter? Bring a friend or some family members for a healthy, outdoorsy, brain-stimulating way to spend the holiday. The North Coast Nature Journal Club will hike around Hood Mountain regional park, using our nature journals as a lens for engaging with the natural world.…

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May 2017

Delve Deeper at Bodega Dunes

May 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Bodega Dunes Campground, 3095 CA-1, Bodega Bay, CA 94923
Bodega, CA United States
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In the month of May the North Coast Nature Journal Club will be going to one of my favorite locations, Bodega Dunes! This is another great spot to learn the usefulness of a tracking perspective and how reading tracks can accelerate your learning as a naturalist and nature journaler. We will also get a chance to explore the edges of seasonal ponds, coastal wildflowers, the digs of coyotes and badgers, and perhaps osprey and other raptor activity. Last time I…

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June 2017

Nature Journal Field Trip to Sacramento Valley

June 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
CA-99, W Elkhorn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95835, CA-99, W Elkhorn Blvd,
sacramento, CA 95835
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On June fourth I will be participating in the Bay Area Nature Journal Club field trip with Jack Laws! I'm always excited to go Nature Journaling with Jack. Last time I went with him we saw four peregrine falcons including a dramatic hunt and kill. For this month the trip will be to the Sacramento Valley Rice Country for some exciting bird action! The rice farmers of the Sacramento Valley have worked closely with bird conservation groups to maximize the wildlife…

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Scope Out Schollenberger Wetlands!

June 18 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Schollenberger Park, 1400 Cader Ln
petaluma, CA 94954 United States
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In June, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will scope out the marshes of Schollenberger park near Petaluma. This convenient park provides ample opportunities to sketch water birds and learn about California's coastal wetlands, the most endangered of all our ecosystem types. There will also be expansive views of the long extinct volcano that is Sonoma mountain. We will focus on drawing and learning about the plants and birds that inhabit this area and we will also practice composing and…

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July 2017

Nature Journal Homework

July 15 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In July, I will be Nature Journaling in Tanzania so there will be no official meetup of the North Coast Nature Journal Club. However, I will come up with some fun homework exercises for practicing while I am gone!

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September 2017

Draw Majestic Elk and Epic Landscapes!

September 17 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tomales Point Trailhead, Pierce Point Ranch, Pierce Point Road, Inverness, CA + Google Map

In September we will hike out on Tomales Point 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. We will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in your journal. There will also be plenty of opportunity for…

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