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

Celebrate World Wetlands Day
February 2, 2016!

Since 1971, wetlands all over the world have been designated by the Ramsar Convention to highlight the importance of wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Complex received this unique distinction in 2011.

Help us spread awareness about the importance of wetlands. Join us for World Wetlands Day 2016 – and beyond!

Click here for more information.
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We are hiring for an Adminisitrative Assistant!

We are looking for a part-time assistant who will work with the Administrative Manager to support the Foundation programs and admistrative needs. The position will begin at 8 hours per week with room for more hours in the summer months. This position is ideal for a college student or an individual looking for a few additional hours a week.

Click here for the full job announcement and to find out how you can apply! PDF file opens in new window
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Looking for an Internship?

The Laguna Foundation offers a range of internship opportunities. Whether you are interested in working outdoors, the administrative side of environmental non-profits, education or science, our programs offer professional work experience that will help you find a career after graduation. Click here for more information.PDF file opens in new window
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Don’t miss the next Laguna Keepers Day on February 20!

Join us for another fun day of restoration at the Laguna Uplands Preserve! Click here for details.
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Laguna Guides Training 2016

The Laguna Guides training program is a fun and engaging way to learn about the diverse habitats, flora, fauna and ecosystem services of the Laguna while making new friends!

The next 8-session training course will occur in May-June 2016 with Wednesday evening classes and Saturday field trips. Laguna Guides volunteer year-round, primarily on evenings and weekends. Click here for details and application.

Public Education

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2016 Schedule

Join us for fun indoor and outdoor learning adventures! New walks, talks & classes added often! See full schedule here. Coming soon:

  • River Otters! Family-Friendly Open House, February 13. Details.
  • River Otters Are Back!, presentation with Megan Isadore, February 13. Details.
  • Drawing the Colors of Winter and Spring, workshop with Nina Antze, February 20. Details.
  • Behind the Scenes Laguna Walk, with Kevin Munroe and Wendy Trowbridge, February 27. Details.
  • Badgers, presentation with Susan Kirks, March 3. Details.
  • Laguna Headwaters Exploration, March 5. Details.
  • Spring Stories for the Young at Heart, storytelling with Ane Carla Rovetta, March 12. Details coming soon.
  • Spring Birding in the Laguna Series, with Lisa Hug, March 20, April 16, May 22. Details.
  • Amazing Dragonflies, presentation with Kathy Biggs, March 24. Details.
  • Weave a Coiled Straw Basket, workshop with Charlie Kennard, April 3. 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! California Flora:
Botanical Paintings in Colored Pencil by Nina Antze, through April 24.

Heron Hall Exhibit 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
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