Restoration & Conservation

Regeneration is Happening!

This may look like a charred landscape, but regeneration is happening!

Sonoma County Parks and the Laguna Foundation are working together to restore the unique pygmy forest found in the serpentine soils at Hood Mountain Regional Park. Our restoration team is actively collecting Sargent Cypress cones (pictured) from Hood Mountain so the seeds can grow into seedlings in our native plant nursery then be planted into the bulldozer lines.

In 2017, the Nuns Fire went through the pygmy forest and then in 2020, the Glass Fire swept through again. Well-adapted to fire, it was heartening to see the native plants reemerging almost immediately. The exception to this regrowth was in the bulldozer lines created to stop the fire.

Community Education

Walks, Talks, and Classes

Whether you’d like to learn a new skill, enjoy the beautiful Laguna scenery, or attend a fun event with your family,we offer a variety of offerings to deepen your appreciation for the Laguna de Santa Rosa, connect with nature, and inspire a vibrant community dedicated to lifelong learning.


California Native Plants Open House & Garden Walk
Sat., Oct. 9, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Our Wild Watershed: Monarch Butterflies
Zoom Presentation with Angela Laws
Wed., Oct. 20, 5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Around the Watershed

Our Response To COVID-19

The Laguna Environmental Center and Heron Hall Gallery is open to the public by appointment only. While our staff continues to work a hybrid schedule, we can best be reached by email.

Art Exhibit Opening Reception

"The Russian River and its Watershed"
Oils, Pastels, and Drawings
by Richard McDaniel

Saturday, September 11. 3 pm – 5 pm.
FREE. No RSVP necessary.
Light snacks provided. Details here.

Next Heron Hall Exhibit


"The Russian River and its Watershed"

Oils, Pastels, and Drawings by Richard McDaniel

Opening Reception: Sat., Sept. 11. 3 pm – 5 pm.
Click here for more details.

Our gallery is open by appointment every first and third Friday from 9am-noon. Contact Maggie Hart.

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Hot Off The Press!
Spring 2021 Meanderings

Our latest issue of Meanderings is ready for you to explore. Check out the latest update on our exciting projects.

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