Obi Kaufmann at Yosemite National Park

Saturday Jul 28 2018   2:00 PM
Parsons Memorial Lodge  Yosemite National Park Rd, Wawona, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his best-selling The California Field Atlas to the Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series. Obi will be giving a presentation on conservation, art, and restoring California’s natural world, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. Follow Obi on instagram @coyotethunder and catch up on his latest essays at www.coyoteandthunder.com.

The annual Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series in Tuolumne Meadows offers a wide variety of public programs celebrating the arts and sciences, featuring writers, musicians, naturalists, historians, adventurers, and other presenters. Parsons Memorial Lodge, one of the oldest rustic stone structures in a national park, was built by the Sierra Club in 1915. The series, which has run for more than a quarter-century, honors the lodge’s founding purpose to serve as a vibrant gathering place to share powerful ideas. Through talks and presentations, the weekend series inspires visitors to explore Yosemite’s natural and cultural history, learn about efforts to preserve and protect natural resources, and gain a deeper appreciation for the park and our planet.

Free and open to the public. Allow 30 minutes walking time to Parsons Memorial Lodge from either Lembert Dome parking area or the Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center.

Lake Del Valle Nature Journal Field Trip with John Muir Laws

Sunday Jul 29 2018   10:00 AM
Del Valle Regional Park - East Shore Trail Trailhead  7000 Del Valle Rd, Livermore, CA  map

A walk along Lake Del Valle, sketching, and exploring nature with friends. We will look for birds and practice quick field sketches. Bring a daypack with binoculars*, a spotting scope if you have one, your favorite journaling supplies, a bird book (Sibley’s is the best), water, sunscreen, hat, a bowl, and spoon, and a potluck treat to share at lunch.The program is wheelchair accessible and is open to all ages and ability levels.

Directions: From Interstate 580 in Alameda County, exit Central Livermore/North Livermore Avenue (exit 52B). Drive south on North Livermore, which turns into South Livermore, passes through downtown, makes a sharp left curve, and turns into Tesla Road (about 3.5 miles from 580). Just past the curve, look for the brown “Parks” sign and turn right onto Mines Road. Drive about 3.5 miles, at which point Mines Road veers left. Follow the brown parks signs, and stay straight on Del Valle Road about another 3.5 miles to the park entrance kiosk, on the right side of the road. Park in the lot near the East Swim Beach and walk north (to the right) to the East Shore Trail Trailhead near the snack bar and marina. Meet at the East Shore Trail Trailhead.

No registration necessary. $20 suggested donation.

*If you do not have binoculars, Jack will bring Pentax Papillio 8.5s for purchase. You may bring cash or preorder online here. If you preorder, use the coupon code “donotship” to avoid shipping costs.

Richard Schwartz at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Tuesday Aug 07 2018  
Andorra Branch, Free Library of Philadelphia  705 E Cathedral Rd, Philadelphia, PA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Richard Schwartz at the Philadelphia City Institute

Wednesday Aug 08 2018   6:30 PM
Philadelphia City Institute  1905 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA  map

Join Richard Schwartz for a talk on his new book, The Man Who Lit Lady LibertyThe Man Who Lit Lady Liberty chronicles the life of actor M. B. Curtis, who achieved overnight success in Sam’l of Posen, a groundbreaking play that transcended the common stereotypes of Jewish characters current at the time, and who funded the lighting of the Statue of Liberty. Actor, producer, real estate developer, promoter, hotelier, benefactor, and murder suspect, Curtis reached the highs of celebrity and fame as well as the lows of failure, illness, and a faltering career. The Man Who Lit Lady Liberty rescues his story from the dusty archives of forgotten history and reexamines an actor whose creativity and cultural influence still resonate today.

Free and open to the public.

Greg Sarris at Museums of Sonoma County

Thursday Aug 09 2018   7:00 PM
Museums of Sonoma County  505 B St, Santa Rosa, CA  map

Greg Sarris will talk about his newest book, How a Mountain Was Made. In sixteen interconnected original stories, the twin crows Question Woman and Answer Woman take us through a world unlike yet oddly reminiscent of our own: one which blooms bright with poppies, lupines, and clover; one in which Waterbug kidnaps an entire creek; in which songs have the power to enchant; in which Rain is a beautiful woman who keeps people’s memories in stones. Inspired by traditional Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo creation tales, these stories are timeless in their wisdom and beauty. The figures in these stories ponder the meaning of leadership, of their place within the landscape and their community, not unlike how the artists in Time & Place: Human Impact and our Changing Environment ponder on the human role in the landscape, and similarly, how we consider the last 150 years in Lost Santa Rosa.

Free admission for members; $10 advance/$15 door for non-members. For more information visit the Museums of Sonoma County’s website.

The Joy in Nature Workshop with John Muir Laws (Aug. 28)

Tuesday Aug 28 2018   9:30 AM
Red Butte Gardens  300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT  map

John Muir Laws leads a one-day workshop on nature drawing and journaling at Red Butte Gardens.

Learn how to open the world through nature journaling with your family, students, or your own practice. Author and educator John Muir Laws will lead a full day interactive seminar that will inspire you and give you the skills to open your own journal and lead journaling activities with children. In this workshop you will:

  • Build curiosity and creativity while deepening your connection with nature and developing art skills.
  • Learn why talent and gift are destructive myths that stifle your growth.
  • Discover ways to sharpen your observation and memory.
  • Practice skills that expand your journaling capacity and enjoyment.
  • Discover drawing tricks that help you get the essentials down on paper.
  • Participate in activities you can lead with children to build journaling skills step by step.
  • Have fun outdoors integrating science, art, nature study, and gratitude.​

​Cost of workshop: $59. To register and for more info, go here.

The Joy in Nature Workshop with John Muir Laws (Aug. 29)

Wednesday Aug 29 2018   9:30 AM
Red Butte Gardens  300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT  map

John Muir Laws leads a one-day workshop on nature drawing and journaling at Red Butte Gardens.

Learn how to open the world through nature journaling with your family, students, or your own practice. Author and educator John Muir Laws will lead a full day interactive seminar that will inspire you and give you the skills to open your own journal and lead journaling activities with children. In this workshop you will:

  • Build curiosity and creativity while deepening your connection with nature and developing art skills.
  • Learn why talent and gift are destructive myths that stifle your growth.
  • Discover ways to sharpen your observation and memory.
  • Practice skills that expand your journaling capacity and enjoyment.
  • Discover drawing tricks that help you get the essentials down on paper.
  • Participate in activities you can lead with children to build journaling skills step by step.
  • Have fun outdoors integrating science, art, nature study, and gratitude.​

​Cost of workshop: $59. To register and for more info, go here.

Obi Kaufmann at Pegasus Books Downtown

Friday Sep 07 2018   7:30 PM
Pegasus Books Downtown  2349 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA  map

Growing up in the East Bay, Obi Kaufmann spent most of his weekends mapping Mount Diablo’s creeks, oak forests, and sage mazes. Into adulthood he would regularly journey into the mountains, spending more summer nights without a roof than with one. Based on decades of exploring the backcountry of the Golden State, Kaufmann’s lavishly illustrated atlas takes readers off the beaten path and outside normal conceptions of California. His book blends science and art to illuminate the multifaceted array of living, connected systems like no book has done before, and outlines the epic narrative of the California backcountry, which holds enough art, science, mythology, and language for a hundred field atlases to come.

Free and open to the public.

Obi Kaufmann at the Napa Library

Monday Oct 29 2018   7:00 PM
Napa County Library  580 Coombs St, Napa, CA  map

Artist, poet, and naturalist Obi Kaufmann brings his best-selling The California Field Atlas to the Napa Main Library Community Room. In conjunction with the Napa Bookmine, Obi will be giving a presentation on conservation, art, and restoring California’s natural world, followed by a Q&A session. Obi will be signing copies of the book and offering exclusive prints of his watercolor trail-paintings for sale. Follow Obi on instagram @coyotethunder and catch up on his latest essays at www.coyoteandthunder.com.

This event is free and open to the public.