What We Do

Our Mission

The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation works to restore and conserve the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and to inspire public appreciation for this Sonoma County Wetland of International Importance.

For 25 years, the Laguna Foundation has been the voice for Sonoma County’s most spectacular land and water asset - The Laguna de Santa Rosa.

Working closely with our partners and collaborators on conservation, restoration and education programs, we focus our efforts to:

  • Collaborate with landowners, government agencies, businesses and the agricultural community to improve water quality and groundwater resources for all.
  • ———Protect threatened and endangered plants and animals by restoring habitat.
  • ———Attract ground-breaking scientific research to the Laguna watershed.
  • ———Bring together technical experts, land managers and policymakers to create effective climate adaptation strategies that preserve natural resources, biodiversity, and ecosystem services.
  • Remove invasive species including water primrose, pepperweed, Harding grass and pennyroyal.
  • ———Educate and inspire people of all ages to appreciate the Laguna through school programs, workshops, and volunteer opportunities.

What's New

Learning Laguna
Docent Training 2017!

We are recruiting new volunteers to teach our 2-4th grade school program. Mark your calendar and sign-up now for a fun learning journey and rewarding volunteer experiences. Training takes place on Mondays between March 13-May 22, 2017. Details here.

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Watershed Report Recap

Dr. Wendy Trowbridge, Laguna Foundation's Director of Restoration and Conservation Science, recently presented The Watershed Report: Laguna Watershed Year in Review at the Laguna Environmental Center. Click here for a recap of Wendy's presentation. 

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Garden Volunteer Day!
Friday, Nov. 4, 9am-Noon

Share your passion for wildflowers by helping our native plant garden thrive! Volunteers are essential in beautifying our site. Details here.

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Laguna Stewardship Day!
Saturday, Oct. 22, 9am-Noon

Help care for the Laguna and restore critical wildlife habitat by becoming a Laguna Steward (formerly Laguna Keeper)! Each month (on a Saturday) we offer a different opportunity to take part in ensuring a brighter future for the Laguna. Details and season schedule here.

Public Education

group bird watching

Amphibians of the S.F. Bay Area Workshop
November 18-19, 2016

This two-day workshop is designed to provide an overview of the life history, ecology and conservation of frogs, toads, and salamanders that occur in the San Francisco Bay Area. Details here.

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Join us for fun indoor and outdoor learning adventures. New walks, talks & classes added often!
Full schedule here.

Coming soon:

  • History of Sonoma County's Narrow Gauge Railroad, presentation with Dr. Mara Vejby and Dr. Jay S. Reti, November 3. Details.
  • Climate Change and the Laguna: North Bay Climate Ready Highlights, presentation with Dr. Lisa Micheli, November 12. Details.
  • History of Agriculture in Sonoma County, presentation with Dr. Mara Vejby, December 1. Details.
  • Papermaking with Plants of the Laguna de Santa Rosa, two-day workshop with Jane Ingram Allen, December 3 and 4. Details.
  • Discover the Laguna Discovery Trail, natural history walk, December 10. Details.

Environmental Center

Rent our Facilities

Hold your event in a very special place! Great Blue Heron Hall at the Laguna Environmental Center is the perfect setting for your next meeting, educational event, retreat, or workshop. For more information, click here.

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NEW Heron Hall Art Exhibit!

Photographs of the Laguna, by Joan Humberstone, in Memoriam. On display through January 3, 2017. Details here.

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In addition to occasional
Open Houses (details here), the Laguna Environmental Center is open to the public for
self-guided tours and picnics

Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

Directions to the LEC


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