In Our Own Back Yard provides opportunities for your child to learn science, math, and language arts through hands-on activities, immersed in Sonoma County’s big outside. Each outdoor visit reinforces concepts learned in the classroom and introduces new and exciting educational experiences all while fueling the curiosity and imagination of your child!

By the end of the year, your child will be an accomplished recycler, have undertaken a stewardship project to help the land, and used nature as an outdoor classroom to hone skills necessary for academic success. We hope they sleep well after these field days. The adventure will be all the more powerful if you join in by asking questions, being interested, and if you can, getting outdoors to see your child in action.



The classes first visit was dedicated to Discovery and Exploration. On this field day students got to know their adopted property, right down to choosing their  own special sit spot. Most of our trips included a LOT of hiking as we explored a new landscape. Other activities that your child may have participated in include:

Duplication scavenger huntsengage your child’s memory and identification skills as groups find duplicates of collected natural objects. We come together for discussion and comparison.

Garbalogy is an interactive way to teach your child about where our trash goes; how to sort recycling, compost, re- useable, and trash items, and our “leave no trace” policy. 

Sit Spots are a time for your child to find solace in nature. We hope to dedicate up to 30 minutes each trip to quiet, solo observations. Your child will return to the same spot on each visit and develop their own, personal relationship with the big outside.

Song and Dance gets your kids moving  each morning. Ask your kids if they remember the Roots, Stems, Leaves song or the Energy in our Ecosystem Skit.

Garden activities were accomplished at Rancho Mark West and Bayer Farm. A beautiful spread of salsas, chips, and fresh garden salads and veggie quesadillas were prepared by and for your child to enjoy!

What is IOOBY?
IOOBY stands for In Our Own BackYard. IOOBY is LandPaths' premier environmental education program that aims to cultivate a level of comfort in, connection to, and informed appreciation of the outdoors for students involved. Through four theme- based field trips, we hope to awaken each students' senses to the world around them. Through discovery and exploration we enliven their curiosity about the natural world, including fun- filled investigations of their own watersheds and local habitats. We ultimately strive to inspire them to respect, protect, and steward the land. 

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 LandPaths' mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County through access, education and stewardship. Find more ways to love the land at 

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