The Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation


Mission Statement

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 our 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.

Program Details

Laguna Foundation's Programs

Restoring the Laguna Restoration in the Laguna primarily means removing invasive non-native species and reestablishing once prominent riparian forests. Riparian, or stream-side forests, are important because they provide wildlife habitat and habitat connectivity, supply shade which keeps the water cool for fish, and improve water quality by filtering out pollutants.
Much of the restoration work we do is accomplished by volunteers. Over the past twenty years, our Laguna Stewards volunteers have planted thousands of native trees, grasses and shrubs, removed acres of invasive plants, and maintained plantings once they are in the ground. Thanks to these volunteers, the Restoration Program is able to stretch funding we receive and accomplish much more with each dollar. If you would like to join the Laguna Stewards on one of their work days you can simply sign up and we will send you a monthly schedule of work days. You can also make a financial contribution to our tree planting and restoration efforts.
Inspiring And Educating Our Kids - The Learning Laguna Program A recent study has shown that only about 20% of children in Sonoma County receive ANY environmental education. We believe that, in order for our children to grow up to be responsible stewards of the environment, they must be exposed at an early age to the wonders of nature. We do this in both the classroom and the field through our acclaimed Learning Laguna Program which utilizes highly trained volunteer docents. Each year, teams of docents visit approximately 40 2nd-4th grade classrooms and lead discovery field trips to the Laguna for more than 1,300 children annually. Our Docents also lead walks for the general public in the Laguna. If you are interested in taking a hike with us, sign up for our E-news and you will receive regular announcements.
We hope you will consider supporting our Laguna Learning Program by volunteering to become a docent or making a donation to the program so we can provide all of Sonoma County’s children with an awe-inspiring trip into the Laguna to experience its wonders.
Understanding And Protecting The Laguna - The Conservation Science Program We believe that land stewards, public policy makers, and our own restoration and education managers, should base their actions and decisions on the best available scientific knowledge. Our Conservation Science Program supplies that scientific, place-based information by conducting scientific studies and disseminating the information through our Laguna Ecosystem Database. The program is supported by volunteer Citizen Scientists who help gather data that is necessary to assess the natural state of the ecosystem. If you are interested in conservation science, we hope you will consider becoming a Citizen Scientist by signing up as a volunteer or making a donation to the program.
A Place For Education And Celebration - The Laguna Environmental Center The Laguna Environmental Center consists of the renovated farmhouse (circa 1865) which is now the Foundation’s offices, our new conference facility Great Blue Heron Hall and the surrounding landscape of native plants, interpretive signage, a wetland demonstration pond, wildlife spotting decks, a traditional farm garden and orchard, a picnic area, and a native plant nursery.
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900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
United States
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