Forest to the Sea Nature Store
Welcome to the Forest to the Sea Nature Store!
Located on the corner of First and Main Street in downtown Guerneville, the Forest to the Sea Nature Store is a local nonprofit-owned and volunteer-run gift shop dedicated to promoting, restoring and protecting your State Parks!
If you’re looking to get lost in the woods, play out at the coast, find a unique gift for the nature lover in your life, or support Stewards’ environmental education programs, you’ve come to the right place. Our staff will happily provide park and volunteer opportunity information tailored to your interests, as well as help you pick out the perfect keepsake.
Members of Stewards receive a 20% discount on store items, tours, and special event tickets. All proceeds go towards stewardship and education programs in YOUR State Parks.
What are you waiting for? Join the cause and become a member today!
Gills Rock Pottery | www.gillsrockpottery.com
"I first started making pottery when I was a second semester junior at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. I knew early on I was involved with something I would be doing for a very long time. It was during that time I was introduced to the pottery and teachings of Marguerite Wildenhain, a Bauhaus trained potter. I would go on to study with Marguerite at her school, Pond Farm, located in Guerneville, California. Her wisdom and inspiration had a profound effect on the direction my life would take.
Deneen Pottery | www.deneenpottery.com
"We are a second generation family business established in 1972 by Peter and Mary Deneen in Saint Paul, MN. While our early days were in a two-car garage, today we occupy over 17,000 sq/ft and employ over 50 skilled craftspeople. Our goal has remained unchanged: create functional, beautiful, hand-thrown stoneware for our clients."
- Peter and Mary Deneen, Pond Farm students
Peter Deneen began his lifelong journey with ceramics while studying pottery at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. During this period he also began attending Marguerite Wildenhain’s Pond Farm School (located in northern California) in 1968. Peter went on to earn his M.A. from the University of Iowa in 1971.
During this time, Peter caught the inspirational fire of the Bauhaus movement of Walter Gropius in Post World War I Germany. The main thrust of the Bauhaus “was to create an environment which would nurture the bond between art, industry and trade through education; to insure the cooperation of industry and artists in the field of mass production.”