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PROGRAMS: ECO ADVENTURES

Winter/Spring 2014 Scheduled EcoAdventures

EcoAdventure Hikes with Stewards Naturalists

Naturalists: Cindy Gillease, Suzanna Mayo

Fees apply: $15 for non-members, $10 for members, $20 for families - No one is turned away for inability to pay.
Under 16 years - FREE

Orientation to Wildlife at Armstrong Redwoods - Family Hike
Sunday, March 30 (11:30-1:30) 

Join us in the grove group picnic area for an Orientation to Park Wildlife. Family-friendly and non-strenuous, we discuss redwood forest critters using pelts and stuffed specimens while you picnic or enjoy some “tree snacks” on us. The talk culminates in a short walk to the waterfall to hunt for signs of wildlife.

Introduction to Natural History of the Sonoma Coast
Sunday, April 13 (11:30-2:00)
Pack a lunch and meet at the Shell Beach trailhead to learn some geology and history, view marine mammals, and enjoy coastal redwoods and wildflowers. This strenuous hike from Shell Beach to Red Hill (and back) will provide lots of opportunities for views and exercise.

Beach to Bluff Family Hike
Sunday, April 27 (11:30-2:00)
A n easy, family oriented stroll on the Kortum Trail, this walk is designed to introduce the wildflowers and wildlife of our Sonoma Coast. Naturalists will also provide history and geology information and help spot migrating whales. Meet at the Shell Beach parking lot.

Registration required online

BirdArting

SONOMA COAST BIRDING SKETCHBOOK HIKES WITH JONQUI ALBIN
March 1-July 12, 2014

BirdArting

Classes & Exhibits
Hosted by: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Instructor: Jonqui Albin with Guest Birder Guides

A nature appreciation experience. Drop in or progressive learning. Age 18 up. All skill levels welcome.

BirdArtingHike/Class Program: short classroom bird drawing, carpool to different Habitat each session; sketch and identify birds with Guest Birder Guide; and wrap up with show and tell review.
Take-Home: Best images on paper and memories. Plus, from sketches, one or more may be suitable for framing. And, these images are also used as inspiration for further drawing, painting or sculpture.
Location: Meet at Armstrong Woods State Park, Guerneville, CA. Get classroom directions at Gate. (All class/events, expect Bird Rescue Drawing*)
What to bring: Be prepared to hike on hike days. Bring water, snack and your sketchbook.
Materials available for $5 fee
Rainy-Day: No cancelation (option); indoor real bird drawing class and creative session!

$25 drop in or progressive learning at 20% off 2 or more. Limited to first 20 signups.

BirdArtingCLASS LIST

April 13, 9-12 PM: Bird Sketching Hike – Wings, Feet Action – Meet at Stewards Classroom
May 11, 2-5 PM: Bird Sketching Hike – Face/ Feathers Details – Meet at Stewards Classroom
June 8, 10-1 PM: Bird Sketching Walk – Creative Journal – Meet at Stewards Classroom; NO HIKE

June 7, 10-noon: Wire Bird Crafting Workshop –Line Drawing/Mobile – Stewards Classroom
June 7, 1:30 - 3:30 PM: Wire Bird Crafting Workshop – 3D Sculpture – Stewards Classroom

BirdArtingDiscover you can draw fleeting moments.

Register Online or call (707) 869-9177
For Information about the classes call Jonqui at (707) 338-8729 - Visit Jonqui's website

 


 

UC California Naturalist Certification Program
(Sonoma Coast)

BearThis 6 week, 40+ hour class will introduce you to the wonders the Sonoma Coast and engage you in the stewardship of California’s natural communities.

Through the University of California Naturalist Program, participants become active members in a growing movement of conservation, citizen science, and volunteer activism.  Our unique ecosystem offers a landscape where temperate rain forest meets Mediterranean chaparral.

SkullParticipants will explore the redwood forests, oak woodlands, and riparian habitats of California’s coastal mountains. Class lectures and field trips will venture from coastal ranges to the ocean, informing about coastal prairies, estuaries, and marine tidal zones.

This course combines science curriculum, journaling, guest lecturers, daily field study, off site trips, and local cultural knowledge. The California Naturalist Program promotes environmental literacy and stewardship through discovery and action.

BadgerLocation: Armstrong Woods State Natural Reserve ~ Stewards Office
Class dates and time:  May 6, 8, 13, 20, 22, 27, 29   June 3,5,10 (all classes 6:30 to 9 pm)
Field trips: May 17-18 (overnight campout) and June 1st (9 to 4)
COST:  $425. ~ Plus California Naturalist Handbook book approx. $30.

For more info: David Berman:  david@stewardscr.org  Meghan Walla-Murphy:  phoksumdo.mwm@gmail.com

CrabRegistration required online

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Junior Ranger Programs at Bullfrog Pond Campground 

10:00 to 11:00 am, Sundays June through August 2014 

No registration needed, camping or day-use fees required 

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Sun., June 1, 2014 Local Animals and Plants of Austin Creek and their Adaptations
View taxidermied critters, field guides and pictures of local, interesting plants and animals.
Study animal adaptations and compare and contrast how different animals live and why we put these
animals into certain groups (mammal, amphibian, bird, etc).

Sun., June 8, 2014 Bullfrog Pond Life
Explore the pond with nets, magnifying glasses using simple containers. Search around the pond for life and learn to use a field guide to look up and talk about what you find.

Sun., June 15, 2014 Planet Earth and the Rock Cycle
Learn about what the earth is made out of and what it is doing thru a drawing activity. Learn about the 3 types of rock and how they are made. Play a rock ID game, learning how to ID common rocks of the area.

Sun., June 22, 2014: Introduced Plants and Animals
Learn how plants and animals came to this area because of humans by playing a matching game.
Learn about the impacts of each introduced species.

Sun., June 29, 2014: Our Solar System
Learn about the planets in our solar system by playing games with pictures.

Sun., July 6, 2014: Local Animals and Plants of Austin Creek and their Adaptations
View taxidermied critters, field guides and pictures of local, interesting plants and animals.
Study animal adaptations and compare and contrast how different animals live and why we put these
animals into certain groups (mammal, amphibian, bird, etc).

Sun., July 13, 2014: Bullfrog Pond Life
Explore the pond with nets, magnifying glasses using simple containers. Search around the pond for life and learn to use a field guide to look up and talk about what you find.

Sun., July 20, 201:4 Planet Earth and the Rock Cycle
Learn about what the earth is made out of and what it is doing thru a drawing activity. Learn about the 3 types of rock and how they are made. Play a rock ID game, learning how to ID common rocks of the a

Sun., July 27, 2014: Local Animals and Plants of Austin Creek and their Adaptations
View taxidermied critters, field guides and pictures of local, interesting plants and animals.
Study animal adaptations and compare and contrast how different animals live and why we put these
animals into certain groups (mammal, amphibian, bird, etc).

Sun., Aug 3, 2014: Bullfrog Pond Life
Explore the pond with nets, magnifying glasses using simple containers. Search around the pond for life and learn to use a field guide to look up and talk about what you find.

 

Stargazing in Austin Creek SRA

2014 dates - June 27, July 25-26, August 23
8:00 pm at Vista Point
(map link below) 

Stargazing

Linda Sinkay and Jim Goodenough will guide us in a unique and memorable evening of viewing dozens of night sky objects, including planets, nebula, galaxies, stars and star clusters. Their Orion telescopes are state of the art and viewing in location like Austin Creek will be a magical experience.

$15 per person (Under 16 Free), non-members of Stewards - Become a member
$10 per person, Stewards' members
$20 per family

Meet in Austin Creek State Recreation Area at Vista Point at 8:00 pm. Download map .

Reservations limited and payment is due upon making your reservation. We also encourage you to consider camping for the weekend at Bullfrog Pond Campground.

For more information, please contact: stewards@stewardscr.org or (707) 869-9177.

Registration and Payment ahead of time required. 

 

Customized EcoAdventures

Stewards offers the following customized and guided EcoAdventures for groups upon request. Some activities are offered free of charge. Fees are requested for special adventures that we organize for your group. Adventures can be arranged to include lunch at local restaurants. Reservations are requested at least two weeks in advance and payment by check or credit cards is required one week prior to your adventure.

For more information, please contact: stewards@stewardscr.org or (707) 869-9177.
EcoAdventure fees help Stewards provide FREE environmental education programs for school children.

Registration is easy on our online group reservation form .

PaddlingPaddling the Russian River
A variety of paddles are offered along the Russian River and in the Jenner Estuary. Learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. Observe river otters and marine mammals frolick in their natural habitat. View a variety of bird life (including nesting osprey and blue heron). Our enchanting Full Moon paddles are especially popular.
Paddling adventures are offered during the spring, summer and fall. Kayak rentals are available upon request. 

 

HikeHiking in Russian River Area State Parks
A variety of hiking adventures are offered at Armstrong Redwoods, Austin Creek and Sonoma Coast State Parks. Enjoy old growth redwoods, oak woodlands and magnificent views of the Russian River and coastal areas. See and learn about the wide variety of local flora and fauna.
Hiking adventures are offered year-round.

 

Whale WatchingWhale Watching
Witness one of nature’s most spectacular sites - whales migrating. Join docents at Bodega Head for an interpretive talk and viewing of the Pacific gray whale migration. Learn about these magnificent cetaceans while you watch them breach and play.
Docents are available on the weekends from January through May for whale watching. Special docent-led viewings can be arranged upon request.

 

sealsSeal Watching
Sonoma County’s largest harbor seal rookery can be viewed at Goat Rock State Beach.
Pups are born in March and April and reared through the summer months.
Docents are available on the weekends March through September for seal watching. Special docent-led viewings can be arranged upon request.

 

HorsesHorseback Riding  
Ride gentle horses through the giant, old growth forest of Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve with naturalist Laura Ayers. Age and weight limitations apply.
Horseback adventures are offered during the spring, summer and fall (rental fees apply).

 

TidepoolingTidepooling on the Sonoma Coast
 Our coastal tide pools are teeming with intriguing intertidal life. Roving Naturalists are available at specific beaches on low-tide weekends to safely introduce visitors to these fragile wonders.
Tide pool adventures are offered on low-tide weekends during the spring, summer and fall.

 

Voluntourism"Voluntourism"
Interested in volunteering for a project in one of our State Parks while visiting this beautiful area? Voluntourism packages are being developed with local hotels. Spend half a day removing invasive plants, working on a trail or cleaning up our beaches.
Voluntourism packages are offered year-round.


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Photo: Eco adventure Photo: Whale watch
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