Our Program and Work Areas

The Laguna Canyon Foundation - Working at the interface between land and community!

Through our various work areas and in order to fulfil our mission, the Laguna Canyon Foundation strives to foster a sense of stewardship in every visitor who enters the park. Whether organizing a docent lead geology hike, leading an educational program explaining adaptation to youth groups, or funding a interpretive exhibit on the original JuaneƱo Native Americans, we work to promote a connection, a love, between land and community. It is not enough that we protected this land from development - we must now work to help Keep it Wild!

Program Areas


The LCF is committed to fostering a love of the environment and nature's wonder in our children. We specialize in providing field-based, environmental education programs and activities for both disadvantaged youth and children who live in surrounding communities.

Land Preservation and Stewardship

LCF continues to coordinate significant land acquisitions - adding several hundred acres of open space over the last two years alone! Additionally, working with our partners, volunteers, local colleges, and our native plant nursery, LCF is resorting lost habitat damaged by years of misuse and ranching.

Park Volunteers & Public Activities

LCF coordinates volunteer activities for Laguna Coast and Aliso and Wood Wilderness parks. Volunteers lead nature and fitness hikes, maintain trails, and help Park Rangers staff the Nix Nature Center. LCF volunteers are the soul of the organization!

Park Support

Through targeted fund raising, LCF provides supplemental funding to support various park events such as "Weekends at the Nix Center" and capital projects such as interpretive exhibits, informational brochures and wilderness signs.

Programs Highlights

Weekends at the Nix Center
Educational family events that are free to the public! With special presentations, live animals, music, crafts and activities for all ages!
Trailside Chats
This monthly educational program keeps our crew of 200 volunteers in touch with each other and informed about the latest natural science research.
South Coast Wilderness Education

Our South Coast Wilderness Education Program provides free field trips for third and fourth graders in urban schools.