LandPaths' Happenings Blog

Su hijo explora nuestro hábitat con IOOBY!

Este año hemos tenido el privilegio de ver a su hijo/hija profundizar su conexión con un paisaje adoptado cerca de donde viven. ¡LandPaths cree que las relaciones fuertes con la tierra conducen a niños saludables, familias saludables, y a comunidades saludables- esto es de lo que IOOBY se trata!

En la cuarta visita a su espacio adoptado, los estudiantes de IOOBY demostraron curiosidad de cómo funciona la naturaleza y sobre todo la voluntad de explorar y aprender sobre sus alrededores. A través de Stewardship, un concepto que exploraron durante una de sus excursiones este año, vimos a los niños comprender la importancia de ciudad y dar gracias a la tierra por todo lo que nos ha proveído.

Estamos honrados de haber sido parte de la educación de su hijo/hija. Esperamos que vean un gran respeto por la naturaleza creciendo dentro de ellos, y que hayan llevado las lecciones de la naturaleza a casa y que permitan que sus experiencias con IOBBY formen una perspectiva única de la vida.

Por favor aprovechen de los otros programas que LandPaths ofrece- en particular nuestros frecuentes paseos familiares de Vamos Afuera y nuestro Campamento del Búho que se lleva a cabo en el verano. 

Muchas gracias y esperamos verlos muy pronto de nuevo por "El Gran Afuera" del Condado de Sonoma.
Bree Bird, Bumble Beth, and Jessica Jelly Fungus

¿Qué es hábitat?
El tema de nuestro último paseo fue hábitat. Exploramos lo que forma el hábitat por medio de canciones, exploración, investigación y divirtiéndonos. Su hijo tal vez experimento el hábitat de un insecto, pregúnteles a sus hijos acerca de sus experiencias; que vieron, aprendieron, les gusto. Aquí hay una idea de actividades que hicimos juntos, asi como algunas preguntas que pueden hacerle comenzar una conversación.

(1) Cantando la canción de Hábitat
Un túnel para una hormiga y cueva para un murciélago, ¿Cuáles fueron las cuatro cosas que forman un hábitat? Como su hijo, las creaturas vivientes necesitan cuatro cosas para sobrevivir; comida, agua, casa y espacio. Usted puede llevar a la casa el concepto de hábitat preguntándole a su hijo como su comida, agua, casa y espacio es comparado con el de otras criaturas vivientes por ejemplo; lombrices, pájaros, o sus hermanos.

(2) Coleccionando y dibujando criaturas del arroyo

En los pasados meses, las lluvias han permitido que sigamos buscando animales e insectos que viven en arroyos y estanques. ¿Favor de preguntarle a su hijo/a que ha atrapado y si ha aprendido más, a través de dibujos detallados?                           

(3) El arte, la escritura, y la reflexion
Nos tomamos el tiempo de mirar al pasado en nuestro ciclo escolar de IOOBY y escribimos cartas. Con colores de agua, Pintamos fotos en el frente de nuestras cartas y describimos nuestra experiencia favorita de la naturaleza. ¿Pregúnteles a sus hijos que pintaron? ¿Cuál fue su experiencia favorita durante el ciclo escolar de IOOBY?

(4) Despedirnos de Nuestro Propio Asiento
Como era la última visita como clase, dijimos adiós a nuestro asiento. Pregúntele a su hijo si le gusto su asiento secreto. ¿Le gustaría regresar? Muchos de los parques que visitamos están abiertos al público y los puede visitar a cualquier hora. Ofrézcale a su hijo el regresar a su asiento secreto. Si su asiento secreto IOOBY no es en un parque público, recuérdele a su hijo que un asiento secreto puede ser creado en cualquier lugar, a cualquier hora. Asientos secretos de IOOBY son creados en nuestros paseos porque creemos que un tiempo solo en la naturaleza nos pueden brindar; tranquilidad, paz en el corazón, y claridad en nuestro camino. Fomente en su hijo el crear un asiento secreto en un parque local, jardín, o lugar especial en la casa.

¿Qué es IOOBY?

En nuestro propio patio por sus siglas en Ingles IOOBY. IOOBY es el programa principal de LandPaths de educación ambiental que tiene como objetivo cultivar un nivel de comodidad, conexión, y aprecio ala naturaleza en los estudiantes involucrados. A través de cuatro excursiones temáticas, esperamos despertar los sentidos en cada uno de los estudiantes para el mundo que les rodea a través del descubrimiento y la exploración, avivar su curiosidad acerca del mundo natural a través de divertidas investigaciones de cuencas y vida natural, Por ultimo, inspirar a respetar y proteger la tierra. 

Elija aquí para obtener más información sobre IOOBY. 

Posted at 13:26

LandPaths is Hiring!

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Job Title:   Owl Camp Assistant, with potential to become year-round, outdoor-education position

Classification: Seasonal, Full-Time, Non-Exempt with potential to become year-round position

Work Hours:  8am- 4pm, M-F, June 15th–Aug 15th (Camp Prep, Camp Implementation & Post-Camp Duties)

Reports To:  Communications & Field Programs Coordinator

Rate of Pay:  $16-$18/hr

 Owl Camp Teepee Mapache

POSITION SUMMARY:

LandPaths seeks an Owl Camp Assistant to help with the facilitation of Owl Camp, a four week long, nature-based day camp open to young people aged 5-13, located at Rancho Mark West in Northeast Santa Rosa. The Assistant will help with general camp planning and preparation, specifically focusing on leading daily activities with younger campers, ages 5-10.

This position has potential to lead to a year-round, outdoor-education position with LandPaths’ In Our Own Backyard program.

Daily activities at Owl Camp may include storytelling, tracking, creek exploration, archery, swimming, music, keeping a nature journal, building things from nature, music, nature games, learning bird calls, hiking, canoeing, exploring redwood & salmon habitat, woodworking, cooking and organic gardening. We are looking to hire an individual who has experience in many of the above activities, as well as the ability to bring some other creative ideas to the table. The ideal candidate will have experience leading youth in outdoor education settings; have a zest for life; be flexible; and is seeking exciting, collaborative work in a beautiful setting.

JOB DUTIES:

  • Work in a collaborative team to plan the vision and direction of Owl Camp
  • Assist in the creation, preparation, organization, and break-down of Owl Camp supplies, materials, etc.
  • Prepare day to day activities (including games, crafts, hikes, orienteering adventures, and more) that are relevant to each week’s theme and appropriate to the age, fitness and interest level of the campers. Themes and dates for each session are as follows:
  • “Ecology Camp”  July 6-10
  • “Native Eyes”  July 12-17
  • “Art as Nature” July 27-31
  • “Homesteading” August 3-7

REQUIRED SKILLS:

  • Relevant college level work in education, sciences, related fields and or relevant work experience (i.e. camp counselor)
  • Experience leading youth in outdoor environments
  • Experience in program development in environmental education
  • Brings ideas for theme- based crafts, activities, and games
  • Detail oriented, well organized
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Desire for collaborative work environment, while able to work independently

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bilingual English & Spanish
  • Interest in, and enthusiasm for, LandPaths’ mission
  • Current First Aid and CPR Certifications
  • Lifeguard, Water Safety & Boating Safety qualifications or experience
  • Artistic, creative, imaginative

TO APPLY:

Email resume and brief cover letter to:  hr@landpaths.org

 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS:

APPLY NOW!  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until Friday, May 22nd, 2015. 

 

Posted at 13:35

IOOBY kids explore their habitat

This year we have had the privilege of witnessing your child deepen his/her connection to an adopted landscape near where they live.  LandPaths believes that strong relationships to land lead to healthy kids, healthy families and healthy communities - this is what IOOBY is all about!

By their fourth visit to their adopted property, IOOBY students showed a curiosity about how nature works and a willingness to explore and learn from their surroundings.  We saw the children grasp the value of giving back to the land through stewardship, a concept they explored hands-on during one of their field-trips this year. We are honored to have been a part of your child's education. We hope that you see a deep respect for nature growing in them and that they take the lessons of nature home, allowing their experiences with IOOBY to shape their unique perspectives on life.

Please take advantage of all the many opportunities to connect more deeply with the outdoors through LandPaths. We offer family-friendly outings throughout the year as well as Owl Camp, a nature-immersion summer program for youth. 

Many thanks and we hope to see you again soon in Sonoma County’s Big Outside!

Bree Bird, Bumble Beth, and Jessica Jelly Fungus

HABITAT... what's that?

The theme of our final field trip was habitat. We explored what makes a habitat through song, exploration, investigation, and down right fun. Your child may have experienced a critter's habitat, first- hand! Ask your child about their experiences: what they saw, learned, and loved. Below is a list of activities we completed together, along with some complimentary questions that may get you all talking. 


(1) SINGING THE HABITAT SONG "A tunnel for an ant and a cave for a bat, what were those four things that make a habitat?" Just like your child, every living creature needs four things to survive: food, water shelter, and space. You can bring home the concept of habitat by asking your child how their food, water, shelter, and space compare to that needed by other living things like earthworms, Stellar's Jays, or their brothers and sisters! 

(2) COLLECTING AND SKETCHING CREEK CRITTERS Ask your child what critter they got to draw. Can they remember how it breathes under water?

(3) USING ART & WRITING AS A TOOL FOR REFLECTION
We took time to look back on our whole year with IOOBY and wrote postcards to ourselves! Using watercolors, we painted pictures on the front of our postcard and described our favorite experiences in nature. Ask your child: What did they paint? What were their favorite IOOBY experiences throughout the year? 

(4) SAYING GOODBYE TO OUR SIT SPOTS Since it was our last visit as a class, we said goodbye to our sit spots. Ask your child if they liked their sit spot. Would they like to go back? Many of the parks we visited are public and can be accessed anytime. Offer to take your child back to their sit spot as soon as you can. If their IOOBY site is not public, remind your child that sit spots can be created anywhere, anytime. 

Girl Connecting With The Grassland -AVTime in nature can alleviate stress, connect us more deeply to our surroundings, and help to clarify our path and purpose. Encourage your child to create their own sit spot in a local park, your garden, or in a special place at home. 

 

WHAT IS IOOBY?

LandPaths' education program In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY) works in partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to develop a connection between Sonoma County students and a preserved open space property.

The IOOBY program includes four theme-based visits to the property throughout the year, each one focusing on one of the following natural history topics: Discovery and Exploration, Watersheds, Habitat, and Stewardship. Classroom visits prior to each outing help establish good trail and safety practices, as well as orientation to tool use and stewardship techniques.

 

Many thanks to our supporters:
IOOBY Logo Collage
Posted at 11:29

Announcing LandPaths’ TrekSonoma ~ First Trip - August 7-8-9

Encounter the Unexpected in the Journey Right Here Before You: Announcing LandPaths’ TrekSonoma ~ First Trip - August 7-8-9

Trekking

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. 

Bohemia Tents

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.  

Posted at 12:19

LandPaths is Hiring!

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:          Bilingual Field Assistant

Classification:    Full-Time, Non-Exempt, Weekend and Evening Hours Required

SALARY:            $15-$17 Per Hour; Competitive Benefits Package

Reports To:        Communications and Field Programs Coordinator

Position Summary:

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. 

Job Duties:

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

 

Skills:

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

 

TO APPLY:

Send a BRIEF AND SPECIFIC cover letter and resume, by Thursday, April 30 to HR at hr@landpaths.org  

Posted at 09:58
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