FREE workshops for Nature Curious people 14 and older!

Calling all Nature Newbies! Friends of the Dunes is offering FREE workshops designed for nature-curious individuals interested in building their confidence to explore outdoors and learn nature observation basics. No experience is necessary, all workshops will be introductory level with friendly and welcoming instructors. Deepen your connection with the natural world by slowing down and taking a closer look through the Art & Nature series, or get some steps in while walking in beautiful places (a.k.a. hiking) through the Introduction to Hiking series. All workshops are open to ages 14 and up. Snacks and supplies will be provided.


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.

  • Watercolor in Nature

October 22 from 10 am to 1 pm

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

  • Nature Sketching

November 19 from 10 am to 1 pm

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center


If you like to walk and enjoy nice views, you’ll love to hike! Though the term “hiking” might be intimidating for some, it’s as simple as walking in nature. The Introduction to Hiking series is perfect for those who want to get outside to explore all the amazing trails and outdoor areas of Humboldt County, but aren’t sure where to start. Join us in a welcoming environment to learn about the fundamentals of hiking. Our workshops will go over hiking basics such as: what to bring and wear, where to go, how to read a trail map, feeling safe and comfortable while outdoors, what wildlife might be encountered (and is it dangerous?), how to figure out what kind of tree that is, and much more! These Nature Newbies workshops will build off of each other, but they can also be taken independently depending on your prior knowledge and experience. Snacks will be provided and attendees will be entered into a raffle to win outdoor exploration supplies.


  • Hiking Basics (Level 1)

October 8 from 10 am to 1 pm

Humboldt Coastal Nature Center


  • Observational Tools (Level 2)

November 5 from 10 am to 1 pm

Ma-le’l Dunes North


  • Wayfinding & Navigation (Level 3)

December 3 from 10 am to 1 pm

Samoa Dunes & Wetlands Conservation Area

All workshops are free and open to nature-curious individuals ages 14 and up. For more information and full descriptions of each workshop, please visit RSVP is required for every workshop – please email [email protected] or call (707) 444-1397 to reserve a spot. More information about each workshop will be provided upon registration. Space is limited, so register soon!


Oct 08 2022


10:00 am - 1:00 pm