Imagine a three-day walk with friends new and old, a walk (or paddle, or ride) that stitches together your local landscape beneath your feet, you beneath the open sky of forest and farm field alike…walking, sleeping at day’s end, then departing comemorning after a hearty, locally-sourced breakfast. Imagine that this journey unfolds over those days entirely apart from the automobile. This is but one aspect of the larger vision forTrekSonoma.
Given that humans traversed the landscape in this way for millennia, aside from the ease afforded by the automobile, why have we gotten so far from it? That’s a question we asked ourselves originally in 2009 when LandPaths piloted the first “TrekSonoma” exploration starting at Shell Beach’s high tide line up and over park and trail and road, all the way to journey’s end at Freestone three days later.
With a boost from seed funds from a dear friend of LandPaths, we are embarking on an ambitious schedule in 2015 – 2016 to pilot new TrekSonoma journeys. We will go only where we are invited to prove that the confluence of interconnected open landscapes, local businesses providing us food and shelter and our peoples’ thirst for the everyday adventure awaiting us here, at home, is a powerful equation for good. We will pilot THREE distinct TrekSonoma Journeys this calendar year – and a fourth for high-school aged students next year.
From the start we must emphasize that this LandPaths initiative will only succeed with a great partnership effort with community leaders, public agencies and local businesses. Building on the first three (two hikes, one paddle traversing the Russian River) Treks starting in 2009, we are adding landowners and partnering organizations as we pioneer various routes.
Announcing our first 2015 Trek: Sea to Bohemia ~ Friday, August 7 – Sunday, August 9.
We are committed to building a network of routes where we all can walk-roll-paddle, where our children can do this with their schoolmates, where we are welcomed as we pass through, and where we can refocus energy on healthy land, healthy people, healthy community. We will focus on local food and vistas and celebrating the great natural resources and agricultural landscapes of Sonoma County. We will focus on the story of each mile and the narrative from everyone that shares the trail with us. And we will endeavor to make these opportunities available to people of great and modest means.
Are you in?
Additional TrekSonoma Journeys to be announced soon! Click here to learn more about Sea to Bohemia August 7 - 9.
LandPaths is seeking a self-motivated, energetic, and creative individual who excels in a fast- paced, creative working environment and loves the outdoors. The Bilingual Field Assistant will assist in day-to-day operations of LandPaths’ public outings, environmental education camp and volunteer-engagement programs.
Plan, coordinate and lead public outings and assist stewardship workdays
Assist with further development of bilingual, public access and volunteer stewardship programs
Assist with LandPaths’ summer Owl Camp including community outreach and registration
Serve as Assistant Leader during summer Owl Camp
Assist with targeted outreach to support culturally relevant outdoor programs
Process and respond to public inquiries regarding LandPaths’ programs
Process volunteer communications, track volunteer hours
Maintain program information and opportunities on LandPaths’ website
College degree or relevant work experience
Bilingual English & Spanish, with demonstrable connection/experience working with Spanish-speaking populations
Experience organizing and leading groups
Experience working with children and youth leadership
Detail oriented, well organized
Strong computer skills
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Desire for collaborative work environment, while able to work independently
Ability to manage multiple variables, busy work environment
Flexibility in scheduling, including evenings and weekends
Interest in, and enthusiasm for, LandPaths’ mission
Experience with community groups and/or community outreach highly desired
Experience leading groups in outdoor environments a plus
Send a BRIEF AND SPECIFIC cover letter and resume, by Thursday, April 30 to HR at firstname.lastname@example.org
"Owl Camp gave my kids an opportunity to feel a part of something, to learn amazing amounts of outdoor/environmental knowledge, hike, play in a creek, canoe in a lake and make art and food! It was truly the best day camp experience they ever had."
- Briana Herrod, Mom of two Owl Campers, 2014
(For our records, please "dedicate" your donation to Owl Camp)
Last year LandPaths gave the gift of an old-fashioned summer - an entire week spent out of doors, canoeing, swimming, searching for insects, carving wood and building teepees - to 52 of Sonoma County’s most deserving kids. Please join LandPaths again this year as we strive bring the summer camp experience within reach to all of Sonoma County’s families, and offer your support to LandPaths’ Owl Camp Scholarship drive 2015.
Thanks to the support of the community, in 2014:
LandPaths offered 52 scholarships (40% of our camper body!) to Sonoma County families.
LandPaths partnered with the Migrant Education Chapter in Sonoma County to offer the Owl Camp experience to farm worker children in Sonoma County.
The Owl Camp van transported 42 students from Roseland to Rancho Mark West throughout the course of the summer. Roseland, in Southwest Santa Rosa, is identified as the most underserved community in the County
Campers canoed, built native drums and secret forts, harvested and cooked vegetables from the organic garden, swam in Mark West Creek and constructed a teepee, all the while developing deep connections with the land and with each other.
Please consider donating to LandPaths’ Owl Camp fund this year. With your continued support, in 2015 LandPaths will:
Get the Kids to Camp Who Need it Most. LandPaths puts our boots on the ground to get the word out in the communities where the idea of summer camp may be brand new, or simply an unattainable dream. Our bilingual staff members do the majority of their outreach for Owl Camp one on one with families in the field.
Respond to Real Life Obstacles Families Face. The reality is that many scholarship families are one car families, with that car dedicated to the wage earner. LandPaths provides a ride to camp—your donation supports a camp van picking up at Bayer Farm in Roseland to Camp each day.
Forge Partnerships. LandPaths strives to diversify our camper body and our curriculum through partnerships, which enrich the overall camp experience for everyone. In 2015, LandPaths will work alongside The Imaginists, a local community-based theatre troupe, to infuse Camp with puppet and theatre magic.
Foster a Sense of Wonder. Kids can help construct a native teepee, eat swiss chard in their quesadillas, meet a real barn owl, drop their jaw at the size of a Pacific Giant Salamander, splash in a pristine creek, all the while learning from talented environmental educators and nature mentors.
Your donation of $350 provides one child with tuition and transportation to camp for a week. Our goal is to provide a minimum of 40 camp scholarships this year. Help us meet our Owl Camp goal of $15,000 by Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day!).
Please consider donating now to offer a child the truly impactful and lasting gift of a week at Owl Camp. Thank you!
Many thanks to Amy's Kitchen, the Active 20-30 Club, Women of the Redwood Empire #1029 and the Santa Rosa Sunrise Rotary Club for their generous support of the Owl Camp Scholarship Fund in 2015.