Laguna Beach and its neighboring communities are fortunate to be surrounded by beautiful protected coastline and undeveloped canyons.
Laguna Meadow
Back in the late 80’s and early 90’s, when the community, environmental groups, cities, and county came together to purchase and protect the canyons in perpetuity, the land was designated as wilderness parks. It is one of the most sensitive habitats in the world. Designated as a biodiversity hotspot, just like the Amazon Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, our coastal sage scrub is some of the last of its kind and supports native flora and fauna, including several endangered species. In fact, the wilderness parks were originally not open to the public. The only access was through guided hikes led by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc., and later Laguna Canyon Foundation.
Today, much has changed. We now have the pleasure – and responsibility – of experiencing the trails independently and without a guide, a welcome respite from our ever-changing world. With increased trail use, urbanization and drought, the world is changing dramatically as well for the plants and animals of the canyons, who are doing their best to adapt and survive. How can we continue enjoying the parks while respecting the native habitat? It is a delicate balance we all must take to heart.

Almost thirty years ago, Laguna Canyon Foundation was created to protect what we love. That has not changed. Now more than ever, we are committed to this work.