Orientations, Trainings & Seminars (OTS)

Stewards proudly 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 throughout the year.

Some events require a registration fee. These fees cover the cost of our speakers' time and materials needed, as well as provide funding for free environmental education programs for school children. Note: Stewards does not turn anyone away for inability to pay. For more info, contact Jazzy.

Most events require registration to secure your place. To register for an event, click on the "Sign Up Now" button below each event description (login required) or call our office at (707) 869-9177.

Want to see what's coming up? Download a free copy of our 2017 OTS Brochure!


2017 OTS Schedule

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Watershed Education Volunteer Training

Part 1 Meets: Friday, October 6, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, location TBD
Part 2 Meets: Tuesday, October 17, 1:00 pm - 3 PM, potluck at the Group Picnic Area, Armstrong Redwoods SNR
Instructor(s): Stewards Staff & Docents

Come join Stewards’ Watershed Education Program! Our hands-on school program is primarily geared toward 5th/6th grades. Watershed Docents teach about the water cycle, surface erosion, water quality, and benthic macroinvertebrates. Students receive a classroom visit prior to their fieldtrip, and then get to explore either Willow or Fife Creeks. Watershed Docents should be available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays during the Fall (mid-October through early December) or Spring (March through early May). Part 1 will be a training strictly for new volunteers to review our existing curricula. Part 2 will be a potluck/brainstorming session focused on adapting the existing lessons for older/younger grade levels, as well as an opportunity for our experienced docents to model field lessons and for new docents to ask them questions. If you cannot make either training but are interested in becoming a Watershed Docent, please email Sarah.

SOLDS OUT - EcoAdventure: Pelagic Seabird & Whale Watching Expedition

Fee: $160 members, $200 non-members
Meets: Sunday, October 8 (weather dependent), 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM, boat departs from Bodega Bay Harbor
Instructor(s): Naturalists Peter Pyle, Steve Howell, and Sarah Allen

Join Stewards for a full day boat trip out to Cordell Bank on the 65 foot New Sea Angler. This marine sanctuary is a feeding destination for many migratory marine mammals and seabirds. Early Fall is the best time of year for humpback and blue whales. We may also encounter Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoise, California and Steller sea lions, elephant seals, and numerous seabirds (including shearwaters, petrels, albatrosses, etc). Boat may encounter challenging ocean conditions (personal discretion advised for those prone tomotion sickness). Plan to arrive early - the boat will depart at 7 am sharp.

Note: Space is limited to 40 passengers.

Geology of the Sonoma Coast

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, October 14, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Goat Rock State Beach
Instructor(s): Scott Lawyer (Geologist & Stewards Operations Manager)

Learn about unique geologic history, landforms, plate tectonics and their significance on our coast during this popular and engaging seminar with Scott Lawyer.

Archaeology & History of the Sonoma Coast

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Sunday, October 22, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Instructor(s): Tom Origer (Archaeologist)

Join this popular field seminar about the fascinating changes that have taken place from an archaeological and historic perspective on the Sonoma Coast. This seminar will start inside and transition outdoors.

CANCELLED: Emerging Climate Research

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Thursday, October 26, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, AR Volunteer Center (Stewards Office)
Instructor(s): Deborah Zierten (Education and Interpretation Manager, Save the Redwoods League)

Rising temperatures mean less coastal fog. Save the Redwoods League’s scientists are industriously studying impacts of climate change on redwood growth, carbon storage, and forest biodiversity. Come learn about recent findings that show how our ancient coast redwood and giant sequoia forests are faring as our climate changes.

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Birding for Beginners

Fee: $16 members, $20 non-members
Meets: Saturday, November 4, 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM, Location TBA (Sonoma Coast State Park)
Instructor(s): Jazzy Dingler (Wildlife Biologist & Stewards’ Programs Manager)

Calling all early birds! This pre-dawn excursion will include an easy to moderate walk to spot a variety of resident and migratory bird species – you can expect to see and hear songbirds, shorebirds, and hawks. Learn birding basics: how to spot birds, places to go, finding the best field guides and optics for taking up a new hobby, etc.


Whale Watch Volunteer Training

Meets: Saturday, November 4, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM, Bodega Bay Fire Protection Distric t& Bodega Head
Instructor(s): Stewards Staff & Docents

Assist the public in viewing the annual Pacific gray whale migration. Docents are at Bodega Head on weekends January through May.


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