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

Community Education Program Manager

We are looking for an exemplary environmental educator and program manager to create and run a year-round selection of engaging walks, talks and classes for the community. Click here for more details.

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


Exploring Colgan Creek
Laguna Watershed Perspectives Walk
Sun., Jan. 13, 9:00am-12:30pm

From Climate to Creatures

Presentation with Dr. Jeffrey Dorman, Farallo 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

Around Your Watershed

Laguna Foundation Board of Directors Pledges $75,000 Matching Grant!

The Board of Directors will match all gifts to the Laguna Foundation received by December 31, thereby doubling the value of your donation.

Turn $75,000 into $150,000! Let's move closer to restoring the waters of the Laguna to a clean, swimmable, and fishable condition. Click here for more information.


Join Us in our
Season for Stewardship!

Join us for a morning of stewardship and camaraderie at either event – or both! All ages and abilities welcome.

Garden Volunteer Day
Friday, January 4, 2019, 9am – noon

Laguna Stewardship Day
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 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, 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?


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.