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Your Support is Essential to Our Work



When the last tree is cut, the last fish is caught, and the last river is polluted…
you will realize, too late, that wealth is not in bank accounts and that you can’t eat money.”
Alanis Obomsawin Member of the Abenaki Tribe


Below are examples of what your investment can accomplish

Gifts up to $500
Support our four-acre volunteer-run Native Plant Demonstration Garden — the largest in Sonoma County!

Enrich a child’s summer with the gift of a Camp Tule Scholarship ($250).

Provide a Learning Toolkit ($100 each) for a young Explorer at Camp Tule.

Sustain our ability to take care of sensitive habitat so wildlife can thrive.

Gifts between $500$2,500
Amplify our success in sparking community action through dynamic education programs.

Train docents to inspire community members to become Laguna stewards.

Expand our Native Plant Nursery to reestablish more endangered plants.

Improve connectivity for wildlife throughout the Laguna Watershed.

Gifts of $2,500 or more
Expand equitable and inclusive representation in the environmental field.

Protect vernal pool wetlands.

Restore natural wetlands along the Laguna de Santa Rosa.

Sponsor teen & young adult mentoring and summer jobs programs.

“Lots of people use this trail, but they walk right by the plants,” 11-year Lucas Chernin of Rohnert Park sighed on a recent hike along the Laguna Headwaters Trail. Lucas is a graduate of Camp Tule, a nature immersion summer program offered by the Laguna Foundation for children ages 6-11.  Each summer, Camp Tule explorers spend their days outside along the Laguna de Santa Rosa, tuning their senses in to each moment as they hike in nature, climb on trees, and make personal and group discoveries—all the while refining their appreciation for the plants and animals of the Laguna.

When asked what he thought people should learn about the Laguna, Lucas immediately responded, “It is pretty, but that is the least important…We should learn about [its] history, so it doesn’t get lost.”

Lucas is right. We cannot afford to let the history and importance of our wetlands get lost.

Wetlands play a vital role in the health of our community. The Laguna de Santa Rosa’s wetlands capture, store and filter runoff while also providing critical habitat for salmon, otters, and bald eagles as well unique plant species. The Laguna de Santa Rosa serves as a natural detention basin that can lower the Russian River’s downstream flood levels by more than 10 feet. As the climate changes and winter storms become more intense, we will need these wetlands more than ever to store floodwater and protect downstream communities like Guerneville and Monte Rio.

Today, the ecological communities of natural wetlands are threatened and disappearing three times faster than forested areas. Here in Sonoma County, historical land-use changes have led to a 60% reduction in the Laguna’s original expanse. This loss of wetlands has led to a collapse of our water quality and driven our salmon to the edge of extinction. Simultaneously, a majority of Sonoma County’s human population (over 250,000 of us!) live within its 254-square mile watershed, adding much stress on this unique ecosystem.

The Laguna today is just a fragment of what it used to be, and much of it has lost or is in the process of losing its ecological functions. Restoration and conservation are imperative for it to endure.

For several decades, the Laguna has been filling in with sediment and polluted with excess nutrients, which have impaired the Laguna’s ability to function properly. We can do something about it.

We know that if we protect and restore the Laguna, we will have reduced flooding, healthier water, sustainable and diverse agriculture, abundant recreation, and climate resilience. We also know that we will be protecting habitats where salmon, steelhead, salamanders, river otters, mink, bald eagles, herons, and countless other native animals and plants—many endangered or threatened—will survive and thrive. And Lucas’ generation will have a healthy, thriving Laguna to fish and swim in.

And, as we experienced this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us—children and adults alike —will thrive with access to nature and the outdoors!

I look forward to meeting you soon, on the trails or at events, as we begin to safely emerge from the pandemic.

Thank you for considering a gift today,

Anne Morkill
Executive Director

P.S. Today, I ask you to invest in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, the only non-profit organization singularly dedicated to the restoration, conservation, and stewardship of the Laguna de Santa Rosa and the only one committed to teaching children like Lucas about its tremendous value to our quality of life in Sonoma County.

P.P.S. If you would like to consider creating a legacy for the Laguna in your estate plans, please contact me to learn about our planned giving program!