Tracking and Journaling Elk!

In November, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will go back to Tomales Point for a second chance to see the elk during the tail end of their breeding season! We will have an opportunity to apply some of the tracking skills that we learned in  the last class to the habitat of these 200-500 pound ungulates.  Throughout the trip we will be surrounded by biodiverse coastal prairie, a vast view of the ocean, and scenic coves and cliffs. Can you believe this is available within a few hours drive from San Francisco? We have also seen coyotes lounging, bobcats patrolling,  harrier hawk fly-bys, and cruising peregrines, in addition to fascinating wildflowers and native bees. For the instruction aspect we will focus on how to apply a tracking perspective to add another layer of insight into your nature journaling. There will also be instruction on how to create compelling landscape sketches so be sure to bring your watercolors if you have them.Tule elk view of tomales bay

The weather is variable at this coastal location so wear layers and be prepared for everything. The hiking will be moderately strenuous due to the distances we will try to cover but the terrain will not be too technical. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring a folding stool, binoculars, and a potluck item to share on the trail. This location is not scooter friendly.

We will meet at 10 am at the Tomales Point trailhead parking lot at the very end of pierce point road near the old white barns. Look for people standing around with sketchbooks. This excursion will go longer than our usual meetup to take advantage of this special opportunity. 10am-4pm, potluck lunch at 12:30. Check this site the evening before the trip for weather updates. Our rainy day plan is to go to the Bear Valley Visitor center in Point Reyes where there are wonderful displays and covered areas to nature journal.

This trip is limited to 15 people. Email or message me directly to save your spot. Marley339 at gmail.com

$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

CANCELLED DUE TO LIBRARY CLOSURE! Tracking for Journalers: The Secret Language of Nature (Lafayette)

Do you want to take your nature observations to the next level? Do you want to see more animals and understand more of what is going on around you? Join this illuminating class to learn how tracking and nature journaling combined can make you a much more perceptive naturalist. We will go over fundamental tracking knowledge, awareness exercises to make you more observant, and specific ways to enrich your journal pages with a tracking perspective. Marley will also share photos, stories, and journal pages from tracking adventures on three continents.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.

No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.

Lafayette: Wednesday 10:30 -12:00
Lafayette Library and Learning Center
3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Lafayette, CA 94549 United States

Tracking for Journalers: The Secret Language of Nature (Tiburon)

Do you want to take your nature observations to the next level? Do you want to see more animals and understand more of what is going on around you? Join this illuminating class to learn how tracking and nature journaling combined can make you a much more perceptive naturalist. We will go over fundamental tracking knowledge, awareness exercises to make you more observant, and specific ways to enrich your journal pages with a tracking perspective. Marley will also share photos, stories, and journal pages from tracking adventures on three continents.

All ages and experience levels are welcome.  No registration necessary, $20 suggested donation.

Tiburon: Tuesday, 10-11:30
Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary
376 Greenwood Beach Road
Tiburon, CA 94920 United States

 

Elk Adventure!

In September, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will pass through the mists of time and go back to the Pleistocene! We will stand spellbound with our journals watching 500 pound tule elk thrashing coyote brush with their giant antlers and listening to the otherworldly bugling of more elk in the distance. We will be surrounded by biodiverse coastal prairie, a vast view of the ocean, and scenic coves and cliffs. All of this only a few hours drive from San Francisco. The elk will be on their most dramatic rutting behavior this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals. We have also seen coyotes lounging, bobcats patrolling,  harrier hawk fly-bys, and cruising peregrines. For the instruction aspect we will focus on learning how to draw ungulates, how to draw antlers, and how to creatively depict action sequences in our journals. There will also be plenty of opportunity for painting landscape sketches.

The weather is variable at this coastal location so be prepared for everything. The hiking will be moderately strenuous due to the distances we will try to cover but the terrain will not be too technical. Wear comfortable hiking shoes, bring a folding stool, binoculars, and a potluck item to share on the trail. This location is not scooter friendly.

We will meet at 10 am at the Tomales Point trailhead parking lot at the very end of pierce point road near the old white barns. Look for people standing around with sketchbooks. This excursion will go longer than our usual meetup to take advantage of this special opportunity. 10am-4pm, potluck lunch at 12:30.

Be prepared for Nature Journaling goosebumps and a good dose of charismatic mammalian megafauna!

$20 suggested donation. No one turned away for lack of funds.

10 Landscape Painting Tips on a Hot Day!

Did you see my last video and want to learn more? In this one I share the technical side…Let me know where you are at in your learning journey. What do you need help with?

 

Enjoy and Journal at Heart’s Desire Beach!

In August, the North Coast Nature Journal Club is in for a treat! We are going to escape the heat but still get outside at Heart’s Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park! This gorgeous and sheltered beach is nestled between a biodiverse forest and the scenic Tomales Bay. In addition to endless botanical subjects to investigate we will have expansive vistas waiting to be painted.

We will focus on techniques for cultivating curiosity and organizing information on the page. We will also have ample opportunities to practice landscapitos in an incredible setting.

The temperature will be relatively mild but we will be in and out of the sun and despite the protected location wind will probably pick up as the day progresses. Hats will be useful and comfortable layered clothing is essential.  Wear comfortable shoes, bring a folding stool if you have one, a potluck item to share, utensils for yourself and water to drink. There is a bathroom on site. We will go for a short walk on fairly even dirt trails and some sand and end up at some picnic tables. Scooters can be accommodated but wheelchairs will probably not be able to work.

For more information about the location: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=470

We will meet at 9 am in the parking lot. (earlier than our usual start time) Look for people standing around with sketchbooks.  Bring a potluck item to share for lunch around 12:30. Bring food that you can carry with you on the trail.

$8 parking fee at this location

$20 suggested donation.

This class is limited to 12 people. Please email me to reserve your spot.

Learn to Nature Journal at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens!

 

I’m super excited to be collaborating with the biodiverse pollinator sanctuary Hallberg Butterfly Gardens! We will be offering an introduction to nature journaling course at their site in Sebastopol. Insects and pollinators are not only fascinating to study and draw but they play a huge part in our ecosystems and have been seriously endangered in recent years. As nature journalers, our observations can play an important role in citizen science and creating a record of these species in our areas.

Supplies will be included!  The class is offered at a sliding scale. $45 minimum to register. Please use the ticket link or contact us to sign up. info@hallbergbutterflygardens.org (707)823-3420

 

Scope Out Shollenberger Wetlands!

In May, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will scope out the marshes of Shollenberger 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! The Audobon Society and local docents report 225 species of birds! 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 executing small landscapes showcasing Sonoma mountain in the background.

Meet at the parking lot at 9:00. Earlier than our normal time! We are meeting earlier to beat the heat a little bit.

The address below might only get you to the intersection of Cader ln if you are following a GPS. From South Mcdowell blvd you will turn onto Cader lane/ Schollenberger park rd and continue to the parking lot. It could be a warm sunny day and we will be out in the open so plan accordingly. Sun hats, sunscreen, lots of water. The walk is very gentle, flat, and wheelchair and scooter accessible on a paved route. We will return to the parking lot before the potluck so you can keep bulkier food and beverage items in your car. Bring a light folding stool if you have one, we will do some more extended landscape and plant paintings at this location.

As usual be prepared to get super-curious in nature and connect with like minded people! Bring a potluck item to share for lunch around 12:30.

Suggested donation $20