In Grateful Appreciation to Our Generous Donors
$25,000 and above
Ken and Susan Churchill
Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria
Gallo of Sonoma
Nathan Ohrbach Foundation Schulz Fund of Community Foundation Sonoma County
Dan Smith and Joan Marler Soroptimist International of Santa Rosa
Rick Theis and Carolyn Johnson Steve and Raini Vallarino
$5,000 and above
Brad and Rosalie DeMeo
Dick and Lynne Carlile
Jim Murphy And Associates
Jess Jackson and Barbara Banke Tom and Sally Lambert
Glenn and Franny Minervini-Zick Nancy Peter and Jeffery Orth Petersen Builders, Inc.
Rotary Club of Sebastopol
Jim and Sandy Shelton
Guy and Michelle Smith
Clay and Anne Stephens
Vic and Karen Trione
Kirk and Pat Veale
Laguna Environmental Center
Stop by for a visit!
The Laguna Environmental Center is a site where visitors can come to learn more about the Laguna de Santa Rosa, a Wetland of International Importance.
Location: corner of Occidental Rd. and Sanford Rd., 900 Sanford Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95401
DRIVING DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101, take Hwy 12 West towards Sebastopol (Go 3.4 miles)
At the first streetlight, turn right on Fulton Road, then take the first immediate left onto Occidental Road (Go 3.2 miles). Turn right on Sanford Road. Laguna Foundation driveway is first on the right.
Weekday Hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Stop by for a visit and take a self-guided tour of our native plant landscape and the Children's Playscape. The site and Heron Hall is wheelchair accessible. No dogs allowed please, only service dogs. During the week, Heron Hall is often used for meetings and trainings. Call ahead to see if the hall will be open if you want to view the art exhibit and gift shop, (707) 527-9277, ext. 107.
Laguna Environmental Center Open Houses with Special Themes
Occasional Saturdays, 10am- 3pm (click here for upcoming Open Houses)
In addition to the special Open House themes and activities (e.g., Ducks, River Otters, Owls), stop by to learn about the natural and cultural history of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and historic Stone Farm by taking a guide-led tour or exploring the Children's Playscape and native plant landscape on your own. Birdwatch from the observation deck. Bring a picnic and take in the stunning views! Enjoy the gift shop in Great Blue Heron Hall and the beautiful art exhibit Natural Inspirations: The Russian River Watershed in Fabric, group exhibit by the Pointless Sisters (on display through September 13). This is a working farm, so please leave your pets at home. The site is wheelchair accessible. No RSVP necessary for the Open Houses. We look forward to seeing you!
Pathways lead visitors through a series of interpretive signs that educate visitors about the natural and human history of the area. Landscaped with native plants the site includes beautiful views, spots to have a picnic, a living willow tunnel and children's playscape, a bridge over a swale, a pond planted with wetland plants, and an observation deck suitable for bird watching, photography, or just enjoying the quiet and the vistas.
Check out our nature and Laguna-related walks, talks, and classes for all ages here.
Great Blue Heron Hall
The barn style building (pictured above) is designed to fit naturally into the site and its 140 year agricultural history. The building houses our Education Program and is a spot for a variety of educational uses including those for students and the general public as well as for docent training and meetings. Field guides to the Laguna, watershed maps, Laguna Foundation ball caps and other items are for sale in the gift shop. We also rent out the hall for educational purposes (meetings, conferences, trainings, seminars, and presentations). Visit our Heron Hall Rentals page.
Thanks go to the California Coastal Conservancy which has provided primary funding for this educational facility. Thanks also go to the City of Santa Rosa which agreed to partner with the Foundation by executing a generous long term lease on the property. Additional support came from the donors listed on the left and many others.
Would you like to help us complete the project? We would like to purchase additional picnic tables and benches and develop a “playscape” area for kids and we are trying to raise those funds by offering Naming and Dedication Opportunities. For more information, please contact Bev Scottland, Director of Development at (707) 527-9277, ext. 106.
Banner Photo credit: Owen Scott Shirwo, Photography