Owl Campers Find New Ways to Connect with the Land

Owl Campers Find New Ways to Connect with the Land

This year, Owl Campers joined together to raise a traditional tipi near the organic garden. The tipi was designated is as a safe place, a place for sharing stories and leaving your troubles just outside the door.


Campers gathered inside the tipi for morning circle and songs when the weather was chilly.  The cozy, communal enclosure made for some of the most enjoyable, heartfelt, extended song circles in Owl Camp history. Apprentices (older campers taking on leadership roles) gathered small groups of younger campers inside the tipi for brief, nature-based "lessons," and kept their audiences spellbound. Two very energetic young campers, Kevin Kingsnake and Daniel Duck disappeared for a short while during free time one day.  They were found in the tipi, respectfully and attentively fixing and adding fresh flowers to the cardinal direction altar in the middle of the circle.  Click here to read more.

Warmest of Thanks to Our Owl Camp Donors & Volunteers!

Warmest of Thanks to Our Owl Camp Donors & Volunteers!



A special thanks to William H. Hurt Foundation and Amy's kitchen for their generous support of Owl Camp!  


In addition we'd like to thank: Calpine Corporation, Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club, WLW Investment Trust, Jedd Parker, Alicia Nourse, Amy Booth, Andrea Record, Annette Musson, Arlene Weis, Clair Buck Werner, Craig Meltzner, Dante Benedetti, Forrest Jang, Gretchen Braren, James R. Greene, Jennifer Greene, Joan Hackeling, John W. Knight, Dan Nuebel, Lee McCarthy-Smith, Craig Anderson, Meg Porter Alexander, Marc Alexander, Margaret Hamill, Meg Beeler, Thomas Tersch, Jane M. Witkowski, Mirin Lew, Patricia Butler, Paula Hackeling, Richard Radcliffe, Sue Kavinoky, Rose Frances, Sophia hicks, Spring Maxfield, Steve Meacham, Steve Harper, Theresa Kelley, Tracy Mattson, Barbara Smoak, Donna Greer, Karen Thompson, Lee Hackeling, Abigail Zoger,& many anonymous donors!




We'd like to extend a very special thanks to Jim & Betty Doerksen, co land-owners of Rancho Mark West (with LandPaths), land stewards, public access champions and naturalists, for their boundless support of Owl Camp in addition to many other LandPaths programs.


In addition we'd like to thank: Pepperwood Preserve, Friedman's, Western Farms, Bird Rescue Center, Richard Baril, Dolores Barrett, Kelly Simon-Coghlan, Cindy Duim, Jennifer Jaffe, Sara Ganas, William Heyman, Gabe Mulcaire, Chris Iverson, Randy Urry, John Branscome, Amanda Tuttle, Joanie Jay Bird, Stephen Knuttel, Lesaya Luna Moth Howard, Anthony Domenici, Daisy Schadlich, Jennifer Foege, Jim Moir, Jim Weathers, Linda Weathers, Matt Lopez Madrone


If you don’t see you name and you should please contact our office—we do not want to miss thanking you!  


Explore the Big Outside

Extrava-CAN-za! LandPaths' Weekend in Place Sept 26th-28th

Join us for a special weekend retreat – a weekend away- but one right in our backyard at Rancho Mark West.  Learn how to "put away" the fall harvest including fiery salsa, make new friends and dive into some of the best of what LandPaths community is all about.  Camp beneath the stars at this historic rancho, dine in the barn, eat from the beautiful corral garden, enjoy guided movement and  morning silence.



Saddle Mountain Creek Stewardship, Día de Trabajo en el Arroyo de la Montaña Saddle, Sept 27th

Give nature a hand! Come and join us at the stunning, 960-acre Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve for a day of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun! We’ll be removing invasive blackberry and making space for new willow trees! We'll walk a short distance down into the creek & begin clearing blackberry.  Following our stewardship we’ll share a potluck lunch!  There is some unsure footing.  Families are welcome.


¡Dale una mano a la naturaleza! ¡Ven y únetenos a explorar la majestuosa Reserva Ecológica de Espacio Abierto de la Montaña Saddle en el día custodial, fortalecimiento comunitario, un poco de ejercicio y algo de diversión! Estaremos removiendo zarzamora invasiva y creando espacio para más sauces. Nos adentraremos hacia el arroyo y comenzaremos limpiar la zarzamora invasiva. Hay zonas desniveladas así que por favor use zapatos adecuados y tenga mucha precaución.  Como parte del día custodial compartiremos el almuerzo.