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The Foundation

Restore, Conserve & Inspire: Nurturing a Healthy Laguna

Founded in 1989, the Laguna Foundation is a place-based organization focused on the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the surrounding wetland communities. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit with the mission to restore and conserve the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and to inspire public appreciation of this Wetland of International Importance.

We accomplish this mission through:


  • Establishing tens of thousands of native trees and plants and removing non-native invasive species which improves water quality, restores lost habitat, improves bio-diversity and mitigates climate change.
  • Engaging volunteers in our restoration work.


  • Collaborating with land stewardship, resource management planning and implementation with a broad spectrum of stakeholders including private and public landowners, governmental agencies and non-profits.
  • Conducting conservation science research on endangered species, restoration effectiveness, and invasive species mapping to inform both our own and partner stewardship efforts.


  • Training volunteer docents to teach students in the classroom and visitors to the Laguna Environmental Center about the Laguna’s important role in our watershed.
  • Bringing school groups to the Laguna for an exploration of this unique habitat.
  • Educating community members about the Laguna’s complex wetland ecosystem through our public events that include workshops, lectures, guided nature walks and hands-on, science-based activities.

The Foundation has a small staff and we rely on the support of the community to help us achieve these goals. Please consider volunteering, becoming a member, or donating to the Foundation; pulling together as a community of nature enthusiasts, we can make a difference!