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For Land and Community

Established in 1996, LandPaths is a nonprofit community conservation organization with the mission of fostering a love of the land in Sonoma County.

Diverse by design, we achieve this through three core initiatives:

  • Rooting youth in nature
  • Branching out conservation for everyone
  • Growing community with nature

Read our response to the COVID-19 pandemic here.

Our Initiatives

Get Kids Outside

Rooting Youth in Nature

Play in nature reduces stress, promotes healthy sleep, enhances creativity and self-respect in children. Learning in nature has been proven to improve academic achievement, problem solving, social awareness and enthusiasm for school.

We reduce the barriers and expand opportunities to get outside so that more children can reap the benefits found in nature.

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Branching Out Conservation for Everyone

We expand the percentage of people in Sonoma County who benefit from healthy land, understand the value of nature, and cultivate a sense of reciprocity with the environment. We welcome new perspectives and believe it is our job to expand the conservation movement to the larger community.

Community Care

Growing Community with Nature

As we face a climate crisis, LandPaths more than ever believes in the importance of forging essential connections between people and the land. From stewardship opportunities to multi-day treks across the land to community gardens and collective gatherings in nature, we address community care from many angles. Every one equally important.

Featured Outings

Covid-19 Safe Art and Exploration at Rancho Mark West

Day: Saturday, July 25, 2020

Time: (Two sessions!) 9 – 12pm; 12:30-3:30pm

Location: Rancho Mark West, Santa Rosa

 

Get outside and explore Rancho Mark West through a creative lens. Come take a saunter along the Mark West Creek and enjoy the beautiful oak woodlands, douglas fir, madrones and redwoods along the trails. LandPaths will have water coloring kits for families/individuals that you will take home or you can bring your own sketchbook and preferred medium of illustration. We are inviting families and individuals to explore Rancho Mark West through a self-guided walk through the property along marked trails while creating art!

 

Click here to register!

Free Summer Lunch Program

June 1 – August 7, 2020 at Bayer Farm and Andy’s Unity Park Community Garden 

Bayer Farm – Monday through Friday, 10am – 11am

Andy’s Unity Park – Mondays at 10am for entire week’s pick-up

Leaders: LandPaths, City of Santa Rosa, Sonoma County Regional Parks, Redwood Empire Food Bank

Parents and guardians of any children under the age of 18 can pick up lunch for their children to take home. Please wear a mask and practice social distancing. Our wonderful volunteers are also taking precautions and practicing mask-wearing and social-distancing as they distribute lunches.

 

Yellow Star Thistle Stewardship Week

Dates: July 21 – 24, 2020

Time: 8am to 2pm

Location: Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Limited to a certain number of participants each day due to Covid-19 safety policies.

Yellow Star Thistle is an invasive that has the ability to severely out compete native grassland species. Each plant can disperse up to 35,000 seeds per year making Yellow Start Thistle removal a priority in our native grasslands.  For four days, July 21 – 24, LandPaths staff and volunteers will be removing the plants by hand in honor of our commitment to steward in a low-carbon way. Registration is required in advance, and for each separate day, as safety and health is the priority.

Choose a day and register today!

TrekSonoma: Wild Foraging Adventure

Dates: August 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2020

Location: Ocean Song Preserve

Leaders: Meghan Walla-Murphy and guest chef and wild forager Coby Leibman

Cost: $400

Join LandPaths’ TrekSonoma for a three-day wild-foraging and land stewardship adventure.  Witness the bounty that nature offers in our summer season—wild greens, elderberries, rosehips, huckleberries, wild roots and many other tasty ingredients! And while we forage we will learn how to tend these amazing plants and landscapes so that they flourish and become more resilient.

Sign Up for the Wild Foraging Adventure

Stories + News

Stories from the Field

The Power of LandPaths’ Community Gardens in Pandemic Times

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When LandPaths broke ground at Bayer Farm in 2007 and kids from the neighborhood began planting seeds on a neglected plot of land in Roseland, we knew …

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Strawberries, Chickens, Pickles, and Creeks: Otherwise Known as Just Another Magical Day at Owl Camp North!

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Two Fridays ago marked the end of another exuberantly successful two weeks of Owl Camp North at Preston Farm. For the second year, LandPaths partnered with Lou …

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A woman and child with vegetable harvest at Bayer Farm

Cosechando Con La Comunidad/Harvesting for the Community

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[In English below] Los jardineros de nuestra comunidad en Bayer Farm están en el centro de nuestra misión de fomentar el amor por la tierra en el …

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