Restoration & Conservation

Utilizing Grazing Sheep to Suppress Invasive Plants

This spring, the Laguna Foundation received a grant from the Sonoma County Water Agency to establish a conservation grazing program to remove invasive species and plant native plants along the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail. The sheep that you can see right now, between Occidental Road and Hwy 12, are the first step in this critical restoration project.

As Karl Van Amburg reported from News of the North Bay, "Scientists have turned to an old but trusted tool to help restore ecological balance to Sonoma County's Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetlands."

Sonoma West Times & News, Jul 30, 2018
"Conservation Grazing at the Laguna de Santa Rosa" By E.I. Hillin, Staff Writer

Fire Recovery & Resilience Efforts

Our work continues as we help with replanting native species on fire impacted properties and collaborate with other organizations to develop a clearer understanding of the ecological impacts to the land. Click here for more information.

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture
"Wetlands Restoration IS working in the Laguna de Santa Rosa"
Video produced March 2018
Virtual tour of this amazing 22-mile long wetland complex in Sonoma County.

Community Education

Expressive Nature Photography
Workshop with Brenda Tharp
Sat., Nov. 17, 8:00am-5:00pm

Nature Journaling with Marley Peifer

Workshop and Field Trip
Sun., Nov. 18, 1:00-5:00pm


Film Screening
Thurs., Nov. 29, 7:00-9:00pm

Painting Mushrooms in Gouache

Workshop with Lucy Martin
Sat., Dec. 1, 10:00am-3:00pm

Weave a Willow Basket

Workshop with Charlie Kennard
Sun., Dec. 2, 9:30am-3:30pm

Traditional Environmental Knowledge & Climate Change
Presentation with Nick Tipon
Thurs., Dec. 6, 7:00-8:30pm

Wild Food & Medicine
Crane Creek Reg. Park Hike
Sat., Dec. 8, 10:00am-Noon

The Most Unknown

Film Screening
Thurs., Dec. 13, 7:00-9:00pm

Around Your Watershed

Help Us Kick-Off
the Season for Stewardship!

We are kicking-off our 2018-2019 Season of Laguna Stewardship Days and Native Plant Garden Volunteer Days! Join us for a morning of stewardship and camaraderie at either event - or both!! All ages and abilities welcome.

Garden Volunteer Day
Friday, November 2, 2018 9am – noon

Laguna Stewardship Day - Cancelled
Saturday, November 10, 2018 9am – noon

Volunteers Collect Almost 3,000 Pounds of Trash along the Laguna!

The Great Laguna Clean-Up on September 15, part of International Coastal Cleanup, was awesome! Thank you to the 90 volunteers of all ages who came out to pick up everything from microtrash and recyclables, to shopping carts and an old lawnmower! Thanks to Sonic for participating and providing lunch! Now, those hundreds of pounds of trash will not pollute the Laguna or flow out to the Russian River to the sea.

The Laguna Environmental Center is home to our administrative offices, native plant gardens, and Great Blue Heron Hall where we host a new art exhibit every four months. It is a great first stop for anyone looking to learn more about the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a Wetland of International Importance.

Open Hours
Our office and grounds are open
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm

Corner of Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd.
900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Heron Hall Exhibit

Laguna Stewards

"With Awe and Wonder: A Celebration of Nature’s Beauty"

Photography by
Brenda Tharp

On display now through December 21, 2018

What is the Laguna de Santa Rosa?


Meanderings Summer 2018

Check out our Summer issue of Meanderings to learn more about some of our exciting projects!

Click here to read the latest issue.