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DOCENT AND COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

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Redwood Ecology SeminarStewards partners with archeologists, biologists, botanists, geologists, historians, naturalists and other skilled educators, State Parks staff and volunteers to offer Educational Seminars. These seminars are designed to educate members of the public and prepare docents for volunteering with the State Parks "Volunteer in Parks" Programs.

Community members and visitors will find these seminars to be very enlightening and may attend for a fee of $20 per seminar which helps cover the cost of our professional trainers and funds free environmental education programs for school children. Payment is required at the time of registration to secure your place.
Members of Stewards are asked for a $10 fee. The commitment for each program varies depending on whether the program is seasonal or year-round. All new volunteers are required to attend ONE of the general orientation sessions.

2013/14 Community Education Seminars &
Docent Orientations

Listings for some sessions are incomplete and may change. 

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED - To register for seminars use our Online Reservation Form. Time and location details will be confirmed upon registration.

If you would  like more information or to register for orientations, please  contact: Margaret Pearson Pinkham, Volunteer Manager, at margaret@stewardscr.org or (707) 869-9177 ext. 1#.

State Parks Volunteer Docent/Stewards General Orientation – Session 1

Saturday, January 25, 2014
9 am - Noon, Armstrong Redwoods
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
General Orientation about all volunteer opportunities available in Russian River Sector State Parks. 
One General Orientation is REQUIRED for all new volunteers. (Also 3/15/14 and 5/3/14)

Salmonids and Fishing on the Russian River
Saturday, January 25, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Guerneville Veterans Hall
Instructors: Instructors: Justin Smith, SCWA Fisheries Biologist,
Nick Bauer, USACE Fisheries Biologist,
Bruce MacDonell, Wild Steelhead Society
Join us for an exploration of the life cycles and biology of Russian River Salmon and Steelhead. We will address the current habitat restoration efforts throughout the basin and the work of the Coho Recovery Project. We will also learn about fishing along the Russian River.

Tidepool Education and Roving Program Orientation
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
9 am – 4:00 pm, Armstrong Redwoods/Shell Beach
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Introduce school groups to the amazing life in the intertidal zone. Roving Naturalists are available on low-tide weekends to ensure the preservation of the fragile intertidal resources.

Exploring the Intertidal Zone Field Seminar
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
1 pm - 4:00 pm, Shell Beach

Instructor: Karl Menard, Bodega Marine Lab
Join a lively session of tidepool exploration and learn techniques for interpreting this fragile resource with the public, especially children. Bring waterproof boots, a change of clothes, and dress in layers.

Seabird Monitoring Orientation & Training
Thursday, January 30, 2014 
9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District,
Site Visit in the afternoon

Instructors – Seabird Protection Network Staff
Help protect seabirds from disturbances that affect their breeding season. Stewards is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management/ California Coastal National Monument to implement a seabird monitoring program on Sonoma Coast in order to protect threatened seabirds. Citizen monitors receive a stipend to cover gas/meals.

Seal Watch Orientation 
Saturday, February 8, 2014
9:00 am - 4:00pm, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Help protect the harbor seals at the mouth of the Russian River during the pupping season (March to Labor Day)

Pinnipeds of the Sonoma Coast
Saturday, February 8, 2014 
9:00 am - 11:00 am, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District 

Instructor: Dr. Sarah Allen, Ecologist 
Learning about the pinnipeds from Dr. Sarah Allen is always a treat. This seminar includes information about harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals and whales.

Pinniped (Harbor Seal) Monitoring Orientation 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 
9 am - 2 pm, bring lunch, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District

Instructors: Dr. Joe Mortenson, Jessica Martini-Lamb, SCWA, Andy Pecharich, SCWA
Join Stewards’ pinniped monitoring program. Volunteers collect data required by the Sonoma County Water Agency to ensure the protection of harbor seals during Russian River estuary activities as they pertain to mandated work by the Biological Opinion. Stipends provided to cover mileage/meals.

Armstrong Tour Guides Training
Saturday, February 15, 2014
9 am – 4 pm, bring lunch, Armstrong Redwoods
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Learn to share fascinating redwood ecology tours and/or activities with adults and school children. Docents need to be available on weekdays for school groups. Roving docents greet visitors along the trails on the weekends. Mentoring and resource materials provided.

Art of Interpretiation: Engagement with all Age Groups
Saturday, February 15, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm. Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 
David Berman, Stewards Program Director
Interpreters teach, entertain and provoke to awaken curiosity. Kristina Stanton will talk about and demonstrate the art of effective interpretation. David Berman will focus on interpretive techniques to use with children. Be prepared for an engaging day, valuable for all docents and teachers of all levels.

The Art of Tracking: Seeing Patterns on a Landscape 
Saturday, February 22, 2014
9 am - 3:00 pm, Bodega Bay Fire District and Sonoma Coast State Park 
Instructor: Meghan Walla-Murphy, Biologist
In this field seminar, Meghan will share the discipline and mechanics of tracking while she delves into the Art of Seeing. Most people are astonished by what can be elucidated about animal behavior with these techniques. Meghan will also address tracking as a non-invasive way to research and conserve wildlife that leaves both observer and observed at peace.

Armstrong Redwoods Visitor Center Orientation
Saturday, March 1, 2014
9 am – Noon, Armstrong Redwoods
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Learn to interact and inspire visitors from all over the world about the natural and cultura resources by staffing the Visitor Center (VC) at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve. The VC is open year-round, 7 days a week.

Redwood Ed: Teaching about Redwoods
Saturday, March 1, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 pm, Volunteer Office, Armstrong Redwoods

Instructor: Mike Roa, Environmental Ed educator and writer 
This hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop will provide background knowledge, skills and resources to help teach about the coast redwoods. Participants will receive guides on CD. Good for docents, outdoor educators and teachers.

Archeology and History of Sonoma Coast
Saturday, March 8, 2014
9 am – 2 pm, bring lunch, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District

Instructor: Tom Origer, Professional Archeologist
Join this popular field seminar about the fascinating changes that have taken place from an archeological and historic perspective on the Sonoma Coast.

State Parks Volunteer Docent/Stewards General Orientation – Session 2
Saturday, March 15, 2014
9 am - Noon, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 
Facilitated by Staff 
General Orientation about all volunteer opportunities available in Russian River Sector State Parks. 
One General Orientation is REQUIRED for all new volunteers. (Also 1/25/14, 5/3/14)

Wildlife of Western Sonoma County 
Saturday, March 15, 2014
1 pm - 4 pm, Armstrong Redwoods, Stewards office/Volunteer Center
Instructor: Bill Nay, SC Wildlife Rescue
Learn about the fauna, from banana slugs to mountain lions inhabiting our forests, woodlands and grasslands, by exploring stories told by Scats and Tracks, a few skulls, pelts and sounds. Learn about rehabilitating and releasing wildlife.

Geology of Sonoma Coast 
Saturday, March 22, 2014
9:30 am - 3 pm, bring lunch, Shell Beach and Bodega Head
Instructor: Rebecca Perlroth, Geology Instructor, SRJC
Seminar will take place at Shell Beach and Bodega Head. Learn about unique geologic formations, landforms, geologic history, plate tectonics, and their significance on the Sonoma Coast.

Redwood SeminarPlants of the Redwood Understory
Sunday, March 23, 2014
1 pm – 4:00 pm, Armstrong Redwoods, Stewards' office/Volunteer Center 

Instructor: Sherrie Althouse, Co-Owner California Flora Nursery 
Coastal redwoods, renowned for incredible size and beauty, provide unique habitat for animals and plants. 
We will explore the plants that are adapted to the deep shade of the redwood forest floor where massive root 
systems and a thick layer of acidic redwood duff dominate. (Easy hike)

Jenner Visitor Center Orientation
Saturday, March 29, 2014 
9:00 am to Noon, Jenner Visitor Center
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Interact with and inspire visitors from all over the world by staffing our visitor center on the beautiful Russian River estuary in Jenner.

Cultural History of Sonoma Coast
Saturday, April 5, 2014 
1 pm – 4 pm, bring lunch, Armstrong Redwoods, Stewards Office/Volunteer Center

Instructor: John Schubert
Learn about the cultural history of Sonoma Coast State Park, including the Kashaya Pomo, Russian American Fur Company, ranching families and logging operations.

Introduction to the Coastal Prairie 
Saturday, April 19, 2014
9:30 am – 2:30 pm, bring lunch, Shell Beach

Instructor: Jim Coleman, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center 
Come learn about the most diverse and endangered native grassland in North America and four of the threats to its existence: urbanization, shrub encroachment, invasive species, and conversion to agriculture. Then hike through some of the remaining 1% of California’s native prairie along the Kortum and Pomo trails.

State Parks Volunteer Docent/Stewards General Orientation – Session 3
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9 am - Noon, Armstrong Redwoods
Facilitated by Staff 
General Orientation about all volunteer opportunities available in Russian River Sector State Parks. 
One General Orientation is REQUIRED for all new volunteers. (Also 1/25/14 and 3/15/14)

The Legacy of Pond Farm Pottery
Date and Time: Saturday, May 3, 2014
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 
Instructors: Anthony Veerkamp, National Trust for Historic Preservation and
Laura Parent, State Parks

Learn about the inspiring story of internationally renowned ceramic potter, Marguerite Wildenhain and Pond Farm Pottery.

Austin Creek Public Assistance Orientation 
Saturday, May 10, 2014
9 am – Noon, Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 
Facilitated by Staff and Volunteers
Join volunteers on foot, bicycle and horseback (Mounted Assistance Units) as they patrol the upland trails of Armstrong Redwoods and the backcountry in Austin Creek to aid park visitors and ensure the preservation of the natural resources.

Birding on the Sonoma Coast 
Sunday, May 18, 2014 
9:00 am to Noon, Goat Rock State Beach 
Instructor: Lisa Hug, naturalist and birding guide
Explore birds of the Sonoma Coast near the mouth of the Russian River. Learn about gulls, grebes, loons, common murres and more!  

Harbor Seal Viewing by Kayak 
Sunday, May 31, 2014
9 am – 12:30 pm, Jenner Boat Launch 
Instructors: Davie Berman and docents
Explore how to view harbor seals safely by boat, with special consideration for keeping appropriate distance and being mindful of tides, wind, and water conditions at the mouth of the Russian River. Kayak rental fees apply.

Seal Watch Orientation 
Saturday, May 31, 2014
1:30 - 4:00 pm
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Help protect the harbor seals at the mouth of the Russian River during the pupping season (March to Labor Day)

Whale Watch Orientation  
Saturday, November 15, 2014
9 am–1:30 pm, bring lunch, Bodega Bay Fire District, Bodega Head 
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Assist the public in viewing the annual gray whale migration. Docents are at Bodega Head on weekends January to May.

Redwood Ecology Seminar
TBD 
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve 
Instructor: Brendan O’Neil, State Park Environmental Scientist
Redwood ecology is a fascinating science, from the soil to the canopy the Coast Redwoods, Sequoia sempervirenshave a wonderful story to tell. 

Sonoma Coast Environmental Living Training 
TBD
Stewards' office
Facilitated by Staff and Docents
Inspire school groups as they live cultural history by stepping back in time. This program offers insights into the natural history of the coast as it pertains to the cultural groups who lived there, the Kashaya Pomo, Russians, loggers and ranchers.

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