LandPaths' Happenings Blog

LandPaths is Hiring!

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LandPaths is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and creative individuals to help with the facilitation of our summer outdoor youth programs.  Please click below for a PDF of each job description.  Thanks for spreading the word!

Bilingual Camps Specialist

Camps Specialist 

Owl Camp Specialist


Posted at 10:03

LandPaths and Neighbors Break Ground at Andy's Unity Park Community Garden

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One of LandPaths' very first events of 2018 was a workday to break ground on the Andy's Unity Park Community Garden, which is located within the forthcoming Andy's Unity Park - a new Regional Park in the Moorland neighborhood of Santa Rosa.  

"Andy’s Unity Park grew from a community’s commitment, perseverance and belief in the healing power of a park. The plan for the park remembers the life of Andy Lopez, who was tragically killed at the site and also celebrates community unity and youth empowerment while providing a much needed neighborhood park with a variety of features for neighborhood residents and families to gather and play." - County of Sonoma Website

The neighbors in Moorland advocated for a community garden to be built as part of Andy's Unity Park and LandPaths was asked by the community to oversee the garden portion of the park, after being inspired by our efforts at Bayer Farm. 

Last Saturday, January 6th, in collaboration with neighbors, members of the Moorland Neighnorhood Action Team and Sonoma County Regional Parks, LandPaths held the first workday at Andy's Unity Park Community Garden. Neighbors broke ground, spread compost, planted seedlings, and shared food together.  5th district Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and her family joined in with shovels and wheelbarrows.

The park is still under construction and this event did not mark the opening of the park, which is scheduled for April 7th, 2018 and to which everyone is invited! Until then LandPaths plans to host organized workdays in the garden portion of the park, which we will advertise on our website. For more information, contact Jonathan Bravo at 

Posted at 11:20

LandPaths' Vamos Afuera Goes to Yosemite!

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Haga un Click aquí para ver más fotografías de este viaje. 

Click here to see more photos from this year's trip.

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¡A través del programa de Vamos Afuera con LandPaths, un grupo de 30 Latino/as del Condado de Sonoma compuesto de familias enteras y 15 jóvenes aventuraron al Parque Nacional de Yosemite! En esta excursión guiada completamente en español el grupo pasó cuatro días y tres noches deleitándose en las maravillas de este estimado parque nacional. Para la mayoría del grupo, este viaje a Yosemite fue el primero e incluso fue su primera experiencia en un campamento nocturno. Aunque la organización de LandPaths puso de su parte el plan logístico y recursos financieros para hacer este viaje posible, fueron los participantes del programa de Vamos Afuera quienes tomaron la iniciativa para hacer este viaje realidad por el segundo año consecutivo.

A través de acción de conservación dirigida por la comunidad, LandPaths no sólo puede promover la justicia ambiental sino también fomentar el amor a la tierra aquí en el Condado de Sonoma y más allá a través de diversos programas como Vamos Afuera. Gracias a todos los participantes y patrocinadores que hicieron este viaje posible. 


For the second year in a row, the LandPaths’ Vamos Afuera program ventured out of Sonoma County with a group of multi-generational Latino/a Sonoma County residents to Yosemite National Park!  The group this year was comprised of whole families, including 30 adults and 15 kids. In this four day excursion, led completely in Spanish, the Vamos Afuera group spent four days drinking in the wonders of this treasured National Park. For most it was their first visit to Yosemite and their first camping experience ever! Although LandPaths provided some of the logistical and financial resources to make this trip possible, it was the participant-based initiation that set this trip in motion and made it a reality.

Through community-led conservation action, LandPaths is able to not only promote environmental justice but also foster a love of the land here in Sonoma County and beyond through diverse programs such as Vamos Afuera. Thank you to all the participants and the sponsors who made this trip possible.  


Un fuerte agradecimiento para Straus Family Creamery, Cali Kicks Martial Arts Academy y Bay Area Wilderness Training por apoyarnos en este viaje. 


Warm thanks to Straus Family Creamery,  Cali Kicks Martial Arts Academy and Bay Area Wilderness Training for generously supporting this trip.

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Posted at 10:02

So What Says LandPaths to Hate?


On Friday evening, August 11, I had the joy and honor of attending a dinner at LandPaths’ Bayer Farm & Community Garden in the Roseland District of Santa Rosa.  It was a celebration – ten years to the week when we first planted a handful of radishes, marigolds and broccoli starts – replete with a pop-up farm stand, salsas and sauces from across the Americas and Asia, stewed goat and salads, ‘agua fresca’ and fresh corn tortillas off the grill.  It was also ten years to the week when LandPaths’ desire to be a more diverse, inclusive, and culturally open organization turned to action, our thought became a willful and sustained commitment.  This dinner – truly reflective of the breadth of cultures and ethnicities comprising Sonoma County - was attended by well over 150 people.  We gathered in love of community through shared food and place. 

As we have all since learned, on this very same evening a torch-filled march exposing a slice of the hate and divisiveness that still exists in America took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The following day brought tragedy and injury to many others at the hands of hatred. The juxtaposition of the ‘great love and joy of place and community’ that took place at Bayer Farm with the harrowing and heartbreaking events in Charlottesville was as disturbing as it was revealing.  We have something to do, and personally, as a community leader, I am impelled to respond as the director of a Community Conservation organization to these events. HOW? 

It is, simply, to act from the values that underpin our work, and that we express and support in our community each and every day – healing land, knitting communities together, and nurturing a sense of belonging through shared experience, meaningful work and a common purpose.  We must continue – through such vehicles as the Bayer Farm, our field-based programs for kids and adults, through access to our nature preserves as “community hubs” to support the evolution of a fair and just community around land, acting with humility and yet boldly to heal both the land and each other, creating a healthy and whole community.  

There is a real, and, underscore, vital need  to continue to build tangible and visible ‘antipodes to the hate and intolerance’ that shook Charlottesville and the world.   In response to this hate and fear, over the next months, LandPaths will reach out to existing and new partners, to seek out opportunities to put thought into action, that our work may help bend the “arc of history toward justice.”  We ask that you consider joining us – on a monthly basis – to dine outdoors, to break bread together and celebrate the bounty of natural and agricultural beauty that is our region. Click below for events now scheduled.

Craig Anderson
Executive Director of LandPaths

Click here to join the LandPaths' Community Potluck on September 9th at Rancho Mark West.

Posted at 14:04

iREAD Outside - On a Beautiful, Handmade Quilt!

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This past Thursday, members of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild and the Pointless Sisters delivered 25 handmade quilts inspired by children’s literature and the outdoors, to Bayer Farm to kick off LandPaths' iREAD Outside summer program. What a unique and heartfelt donation!

iREAD Outside is a weekly LandPaths series for young children and families, combining the wonders of being outside, visiting local parks and preserves throughout the County, with the joy of reading.  These outings demonstrate and support reading tools for parents and caregivers, while also creating positive associations with reading—it can be fun!  

These lovingly stitched quilts tie the experience together, providing a beautiful and cozy place to enjoy a book together. In the end every single quilt will be given away to families participating in the iREAD Outside program, along with hundreds of books donated to LandPaths through our Nature Book Drive.  

According to the Community Foundation Sonoma County, (whose generous support makes this program possible), significant research shows that reading aloud to children from day one is the single most important thing a parent can do to help a child enter kindergarten ready to succeed. In Sonoma County, however, only 57% of parents read to their children every day.  By getting families outside, mixing reading with hiking, nature games and picnics, this program helps to eliminate some the obstacles parents may feel - whether real or perceived - in engaging their children in reading.

Please join us on one of our literary adventures! Upcoming themes and locations for iREAD Outside include:
iRead with the Butterflies- Hallberg Butterfly Gardens, Graton
iRead by the Creek- Rancho Mark West, Santa Rosa
iREAD on the Ridge - Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve


Warm thanks to our generous supporters who help bring the iREAD Outside Program to life!

Posted at 11:36
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