Restoration & Conservation

Visit the New Vernal Pool Trail!

"A short but innovative trail, which features Bluetooth 'beacons' geared to blind and other visually impaired people, recently opened on the western edge of Santa Rosa at the historic Baum family farm. A collaboration between the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and the Earle Baum Center, the .83-mile Vernal Pool Trail winds through an intact 17-acre vernal pool wetland complex at the Baum center and brings major recreational and other benefits to those with sight loss. It’s designed to educate people about the importance of vernal pools, one of Sonoma County’s most precious ecological resources, often home to the endangered Sebastopol meadowfoam flower (Limnanthes vinculins) and other rare native plants..."

    Walk the Vernal Pool Trail
  • The Earle Baum Center’s Vernal Pool Trail is designed to accommodate people with sight loss, but fully-sighted walkers are welcome to enjoy the trail and learn about vernal pools.
  • The EBC Vernal Pool Trail is located at the Earle Baum Center, 4539 Occidental Rd., Santa Rosa 95401; 707-523-3222;
  • The trail is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Please sign in at the office for directions and trail information.
    Visitors are asked to refrain from approaching working guide dogs on harness; instead, talk directly to the owner.

"Valuing the Vernal – New educational path teaches importance of seasonal pools that provide critical habitat"
By Suzie Rodriguez
The Press Democrat - November 18, 2018

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.

Community Education

Camp Tule Registration Opens February 1, 2019

We had so much fun with the inaugural year of Camp Tule in the summer of 2018 that we are already getting excited for 2019! The LEC's rich history, stunning viewscape, beautiful native plant gardens, and bountiful places to explore make it a magical site for fun, meeting new friends, and learning about our local environment.

Plan now to send your special 6-9 year old to one of the Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm sessions during the weeks of July 8-12, July 22-26 or August 5-9. More details coming soon!

From Climate to Creatures
Presentation with Dr. Jeffrey Dorman, Farallon Institute
Thurs., Jan. 17, 7:00-8:30pm

“California’s Wild Gold”

Opening Reception, Art Exhibit
Sat., Jan. 19, 3:00–5:00pm


Winter Colors
Colored Pencil Techniques workshop with Nina Antze
Sat., Jan. 26, 10:00am-3:00pm

Expressive Nature Photography
Workshop with Brenda Tharp
Sun., Jan. 27, 9:00am-5:00pm

Fresh Pressed Flowers

Workshop with Jan Lochner
Sun., Feb. 3, 1:00-4:00pm

Learning Laguna Docent Training Orientation

Mon., Feb. 11, 6:00-8:00pm

Around Your Watershed

Thanks to all of our generous donors, our year-end match campaign was a success!

Our Board of Directors are grateful to everyone who contributed to help turn their $75,000 match into $150,000 for the Laguna Foundation. These gifts will help to create a thriving and beautiful Laguna, where the waters are swimmable and fishable and wildlife plentiful. Thank you for helping to strengthen the Laguna Wetland ecosystem now and for the future.

Join Us in our
Season for Stewardship!

Join us for a morning of stewardship and camaraderie! All ages and abilities welcome.

Garden Volunteer Day
Friday, February 1, 2019, 9am – noon

Laguna Stewardship Day
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 9am – noon

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.

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

Faith Rumm

"California’s Wild Gold"
Mixed Media Nature Tapestries by Faith Rumm

On display through
April 29, 2019
Opening Reception
Sat., Jan. 19. 3-5pm

What is the Laguna de Santa Rosa?


NEW! 2017-18 Annual Report
& Winter Meanderings

Check out our latest publication, a combination of the Fall/Winter issue of Meanderings and our FY 2017-18 Annual Report!

Click here to read more.