Inspired Forward

Inspired Forward 

In response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December of 2012 LandPaths immediately initiated a pilot program for teens, Inspired Forward, linking them to the outdoors through hiking, working to improve a landscape, cooking a healthy meal together and then engaging in a dialogue about true leadership, citizenship and a vision for a positive future.



Inspired Forward is designed to reach our ever-so vulnerable teenage and young adult population, and cultivate with them a positive and healthy path forward.   Inspired Forward brings the need for more positive and leadership-based experiences for youth together with the opportunities presented by the land—recreation, learning, adventure, local food, quiet contemplation, and community.

Central to LandPaths’ mission is to involve and engage all sectors of the community in their local environment.  One of our goals is to address the need for more teen and young adult engagement, drawing upon LandPaths strengths in creating inspiring outdoor experiences, and working with partner organizations that traditionally serve this population—middle and high schools, and other youth-risk programs.     

In the News:

Listen to the North Bay Report on KRCB with Bruce Robinson, reporting on the Inspired Forward Program during his outing at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve with students from Roseland Accelerated Middle School. 


Sonoma County’s LandPaths Ignites Teens' Passion for Nature - The Press Democrat


Click here to read A Year in the Field with Inspired Forward (2014) on the LandPaths blog.







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Inspired Forward is funded in partby Youth Outside, the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District of Sonoma County and donations from individuals such as yourself. 

Please click here to donate.

“I want to be successful in life...I want to have a good future not a bad one.I would want to do this again. The experience gave me an open mind on exploring further...It was relaxing and makes you forget any problems that you had and focus more on looking around. If there was an opportunity to go hiking again, I would definitely take it.  ~Inspired Forward Teen


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