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NATURE NEWBIES

Introducing our FREE nature newbies workshops and events designed for nature-curious individuals interested in building their confidence to explore outdoors, learning nature observation basics, and experiencing the healing benefits of nature. No experience is necessary, all workshops will be introductory level with friendly and welcoming instructors. All workshops are open to ages 14 and up. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

RSVPs are required. Please email info@friendsofthedunes.org or calling us at (707) 444-1397.

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OBSERVE

Sunset Stroll

Join us for a leisurely stroll through the dunes. Get in touch with your observation skills as we search for signs of animal life and learn plant identification basics. We will meander our way to the beach to view the sunset and the rising Harvest Moon.

September 29 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

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FLOW

Winter Solstice Yoga

December 21 from 4:30 to 5:45 pm

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

Celebrate the changing of seasons and connect with the healing power of nature! Bring your yoga practice to the dunes as we move our bodies and connect with our breath at the Humboldt Coastal Nature for a sunset asana. This yoga class will be perfect for beginners and seasoned yogis alike. We will be covering the fundamentals of a sun salutation. Snacks and tea will be provided. Please bring your own yoga mat and mug. 

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IMMERSE

Forest Mindfulness

January 13 from 10 am to 1 pm

Samoa Dunes & Wetlands Conservation Area

Tune into the mental and physiological benefits that nature can provide when you allow yourself to slow down outdoors. Join naturalist and Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide, Justin Legge, for an Introduction to Forest and Nature Mindfulness. You will come away with a better understanding of the practice and the ability to incorporate some concepts into your own health and well-being routine.

Art & Nature Series

Our Art & Nature series is perfect for those that want to slow down and tune into the wonders of nature. No previous art or outdoor experience is necessary for this three part series, introductory level instruction and supplies will be provided. Each workshop will cover beginning art techniques, an overview of supplies needed, and will incorporate time to practice and experiment with these new techniques. Snacks and some supplies will be provided, plus attendees will be entered into a raffle to win art supplies. Participants may sign up for individual workshops or the entire series. 

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OBSERVE

Nature Journaling Basics

Spring 2024

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

The art of Nature Journaling requires us to slow down and take a closer look. We notice much more detail than if we had snapped a quick photo. Documenting our observations through art and writing also helps retain information. Join our friendly instructors as they share tips, techniques, and materials that help connect with our non-human neighbors by creating and maintaining a Nature Journal.

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CREATE

Watercolor in Nature

Water is essential to life, and also to art! As a versatile medium, watercolors are a great tool for creative depictions of our natural surroundings. During this workshop, explore beginner level painting techniques, learn about the different materials available, and practice new skills. Some beginner level materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

Spring 2024

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

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DISCOVER

Art in the Field

Take your artistic nature observation to the next level with this workshop focused on art outdoors. This is the final workshop of the series where we get to go outdoors and create art! We will learn tips about the art of plein air and field sketching. Participants can enjoy a beautiful day outdoors while gaining inspiration for nature.  No experience is necessary.

Spring 2024

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

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