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 28 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

Help Turn John & Heidi's $50,000 into $100,000
for the Laguna!

Local residents John Weinstein and Heidi Stewart will match all gifts to the Laguna Foundation received by December 31, thereby doubling the value of your donation.

Click here for more about this exciting match!

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Please check out our
one-page, information-filled, problem-solving tip-sheet on how you can step into recovery efforts. Help spread resources and find a way to make a difference.

As the refreshing rains of autumn move through the Laguna, we’re all looking for ways to find peace and recovery from October’s fires. There’s a balance between keeping all that occurred present and in our minds, while also stepping forward into hope, restoration and optimism for the months ahead. A water-full winter and life-filled spring are just around the corner.

The staff, board, and volunteer community of the Laguna Foundation experienced loss and change along with the rest of Sonoma County, but we’re finding our feet again! The Laguna Environmental Center and all of our restoration sites escaped major fire-damage – staff and volunteers were back in the field just days after the fires, and our office hours are now back to normal. Programs are up and well-attended, and our offices are humming with activity and visitors.

Community Events

group bird watching

    Laguna Stewards workday
    Saturday, Dec. 16, 9am-Noon

    Join us at Meadowlark Field in the Sebastopol Laguna Wetlands Preserve for a morning of Laguna Stewards restoration work. Details posted here.
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Check Out Our
Public Education Events

Join us exploring and learning about the Laguna Watershed through our walks, talks, and classes. New events added regularly. Full schedule here.

Coming soon:

  • Mushroom Foray and Identification, workshop with Darvin DeShazer, Dec. 17. Details.
  • Opening Art Reception for Rik Olson, January 13. Details.
  • Waterfowl of the Laguna and Pacific Flyway, presentation with Dave Barry, January 20. Details.
  • Sunrise Natural History Walk, with "Duck Man" Dave Barry, January 21. Details.
  • Before the Flood film screening, with Center for Climate Protection, January 25. Details.
  • Winter Color: Colored Pencil Techniques workshop with Nina Antze, January 27. Details.
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    Registration Opens January 1!

    Save the date for our exciting and informative CTS Terrestrial Ecology and Rare Pond Species Workshops: March 23-25, 2018. These workshops only happen once a year! Click here for more information.

Environmental Center

Holiday Hours

The Environmental Center and our Administrative Offices will be closed beginning Saturday, December 23, and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2. We hope you enjoy the holidays with friends and family and we wish you a very Happy New Year!

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Next Native Plant Garden Volunteer Day

Friday, Jan. 5, 9am - Noon

Share your expertise and passion for gardening by helping our native plant garden thrive! Details here.
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Heron Hall Art Exhibit

Form & Color: It's Wild Out There, Photography by Dave Strauss, on display through January 3, 2018. 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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Laguna In the News

November 2017
KRCB Radio
Interview with Dr. Mara Vejby “What’s in a Name: Stories Behind North Bay Place Names Presentation” on November 18

October 2017
KRCB Radio
Interview with Steve Bhaerman
"An Evening with Cosmic Comic Swami Beyondananda Comedy Performance" on November 4

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