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Orientations, Trainings & Seminars (OTS)

 

 

Redwood Ecology SeminarStewards partners with archaeologists, biologists, botanists, geologists, historians, and naturalists, as well as other skilled educators and State Parks personnel to offer a wide spectrum of hikes, seminars and presentations.

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 receive a 20% discount.

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.

Registration is REQUIRED.

We ask that you register for OTS prior to attending. This helps us gauge public interest and prepare the materials needed for each event. Registration also ensures your spot at the event as space is limited, and allows us to keep in contact with you should there be a change in schedule.

To register for OTS, please use our Online Reservation Form or call our office at (707) 869-9177. Time and location details will be confirmed via email after registration.

Most programs offer ongoing supplemental training and mentoring year-round.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.

2017 Monthly Schedule

JANUARY

Mushrooms of the Redwood Forest

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, January 7, 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM, AR Visitor Center
Instructor(s): George Riner (Mycologist & SOMA member)

It’s mushroom season! Come learn about the mycology of Armstrong Redwoods SNR. George will lead a walk-and-talk around redwoods, grassy areas, and other trees. Topics of discussion can include mushroom ecology, life cycles,habitat, toxicology/edibility, and other uses for mushrooms besides foraged food. The walk will end around noon, followed by an informal Q&A.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


Redwood Ed

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, January 21, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Instructor(s): Mike Roa (Naturalist & Retired Science Teacher)

This hands-on, interdisciplinary workshop will provide background knowledge and skills to help teach about the coast redwoods. Participants will leave with a variety of resources, including guides on CD and other great redwood samples and goodies. Instruction geared for docents, outdoor educators, and teachers.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


Bald Eagle Viewing & Photography

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Sunday, January 22, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Jenner Visitor Center
Instructor(s): Joan Bacci (Stewards Docent) and Thomas Reynolds (Photographer)

Join our long-time eagle watchers/photographers for the chance at an early morning glimpse of the bald eagles in Jenner! Joan & Tom will share tips for viewing and photographing these iconic birds (actual sighting not guaranteed). Bring your own binoculars, scope, and camera (if you have them). If not, we will have limited loaner equipment on hand. Rain will cancel.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.

 

General Volunteer in Parks Programs (VIPP) #1 & Docent/Public Relations 101 

Fee: FREE 
Meets: Saturday, January 28, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office) 
Instructor(s): Stewards Staff & Program Coordinators 

The General Orientation (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) covers available volunteer opportunities in the southern Russian River Sector of the Sonoma-Mendocino State Parks District. We will also provide guidance on how to professionally interact with the public when confronted with an adverse circumstance (12:30 -3:00 PM). Taking one General Orientation is REQUIRED for all new volunteers. 

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.

 

Mobile Marine Education Van/Steward Ship & Early Childhood Program Volunteer Training #1

Fee: FREE
Meets: Sunday, January 29, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Instructor(s):
Stewards Staff & Naturalists

Learn to staff the “Steward Ship,” our Mobile Marine Education Van at schools, special events, and along the Sonoma Coast. Volunteers interpret marine artifacts, facilitate hands-on activities, perform retail transactions, and assist with community outreach! We will also focus on how to effectively engage children ages 5 and younger.

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.

FEBRUARY

Marine Mammal Seminar

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, February 4, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructor: Dr. Sarah Allen (Marine Ecologist for National Park Service)

Find out about Dr. Allen’s life work and passion! This classroom seminar will cover topics relevant to California’s marine mammals (harbor seals, sea lions, elephant seals, and gray whales).

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


General Sonoma Coast Volunteer Orientation

Fee: FREE
Meets: Saturday, February 4, 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructors: Sonoma Coast State Park Lifeguard, Dr. Sarah Allen, Ph.D. (National Park Service), Phil Warren (Marine Mammal Center), Bill Standley (Bureau of Land Management), Sage Tezak (Seabird Protection Network & NOAA Marine Sanctuaries), Hollis Bewley (Stewards' Seabird & Tidepool Program Coordinator)

This volunteer training is for anyone belonging to a Sonoma Coast volunteer program (Whale Watch, Pinniped Monitoring, Seal Watch, Seabird Monitoring, Tidepool, or Steward Ship), or interested in joining one. Training will include ocean safety, marine mammal/seabird identification, and information about our affiliates at the Marine Mammal Center, California Coastal National Monument, and Seabird Protection Network.

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.


UC California Naturalist Certification Course

Fee: $475.95 members, $594.95 non-members (includes tuition & certificate, handbook is $34.95 extra)
Classroom dates: Tuesday, February 14, 21 & 28, Tuesday, March 7, 14, & 28, Tuesday, April 4 & 11, Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Field Trip dates: Sunday, February 12 & Sunday, April 2, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Locations TBD
Campout: Saturday - Sunday, March 11 - 12, Bodega Dunes Campground
Instructors: David Berman (Sonoma County Water Agency), Meghan Walla-Murphy (Ecological Consultant), Guest lecturers TBA

This 40+ hour course combines classroom and field experiences. Discussion topics include geology, water, weather, soils, plants, forests, wildlife, interpretation, environmental issues, and citizen science. Students commit to weekly homework assignments and complete a capstone project of their choosing.

Sign up for California Naturalist through our E-Store under Special Programs.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


Seabird Protection & Citizen Science Monitoring Program Volunteer Training - Classroom

Fee: FREE
Meets: Saturday, February 25, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructor: Hollis Bewley (Stewards’ Seabird Program Coordinator) and Stewards Staff

Citizen science volunteers monitor nesting seabirds off the Sonoma Coast (April – August) and document disturbances that compromise successful breeding. Monitoring and field training dates TBA.

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.

 

Wildlife of Western Sonoma County

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Sunday, February 26, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Instructor: Father Nayture (Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue)

Learn about our local fauna from the banana slug to the mountain lion. Attendees will learn by exploring stories told by scat, tracks, skulls, pelts, and sounds.

For more information, contact Jazzy Dingler via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 1#.


Pinniped Monitoring Program Volunteer Training

Fee: FREE
Meets: Monday, February 27, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office) & Jenner Visito Center
Instructors: Dr. Joe Mortenson (Biologist and Author), Jessica Martini-Lamb (Sonoma County Water Agency), Andrea Pecharich (Sonoma County Water Agency), Stewards Staff

Pinniped Monitoring Program volunteers collect data to ensure the protection of harbor seals during Russian River estuary activities as they pertain to mandated work required by the Sonoma County Water Agency for the Biological Opinion. This orientation involves classroom training (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) and a site visit to review equipment and monitoring protocols (1:00PM-3:00 PM).

For more information, contact Sarah Angulo via email or phone at (707) 869-9177 x 5#.


 

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