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March 2019

Dramatic Seascapes, Birds and Seals!

March 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

WEATHER UPDATE (7:20pm Saturday Night) Looks like a 35% chance of rain during the meetup. I'm still going and will be sketching and nature journaling. Probably will be a small group so bring your own lunch just in case there is not a cornucopia of a potluck 🙂 In April, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will head to the exciting coastal formation of Goat Rock at the mouth of the Russian River! We will learn about the recently flooded…

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April 2019

Nature Journal Full Bloom!

April 14, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In April, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will have the special opportunity to spend the day in a flower-filled apple orchard. We will enjoy the beauty of the blossoms, practice drawing the 100 year old trees, and learn about the endangered Gravenstein apple and how biodiversity is connected to our food system. We will also have a good opportunity to learn about the pollinators and other animals that call these orchards home. For the lesson portion of the field…

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Intro to Nature Journaling: Point Reyes National Seashore Association

April 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

In April, I am looking forward to my first collaboration with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association Field Institute. I will be offering a nature journaling workshop in the diverse ecosystems and dramatic landscapes provided by Point Reyes. This class will be ideal for beginners but will also be fun and informative for those who are already experienced nature journalers. Participants will leave this class motivated, more observant, and with the most powerful toolkit for learning in nature. In addition…

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May 2019

Scope Out Shollenberger Wetlands!

May 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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…

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June 2019

Pitcher Plant Bonanza!

June 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

In June, the North Coast Nature Journal Club is privileged to enjoy the peak of the pitcher plants at California Carnivores in Sonoma County! This nursery contains the largest collection of carnivorous plants in the world and June will be a perfect time to see the amazing species of pitcher plants at their best! If you think you have already nature journaled once at this location and don't need to go twice - think again.  We will focus on drawing…

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Learn to Nature Journal at the Hallberg Butterfly Gardens!

June 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

  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…

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August 2019

Enjoy and Journal at Heart’s Desire Beach!

August 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

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.…

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Nature Journaling Class at Pepperwood Preserve

August 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

I'm excited to be doing my first collaboration with the Pepperwood Preserve this year! On August 24th I will be teaching "Seeing More Through Nature Journaling" at their incredible 3,200 acre property. I went to a reptile walk there a couple months ago so I could nature journal and scope the place out. The vistas were impressive and fun to draw and I got in quick sketches of a blue-tailed skink, a pileated woodpecker, and a scorpion! There are only…

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September 2019

Elk Adventure!

September 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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…

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October 2019

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

October 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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,…

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