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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
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.
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.
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.
Online: Wonderful Wildflowers of Bohemia Ecological Preserve
Day: Sunday, June 14
Time: 5pm – 6pm
Virtually explore the wonderful wildflowers of Bohemia Ecological Preserve, our nature preserve in West County, with LandPaths! Explore this biodiversity hotspot with Bilingual Field Specialist Jesica Rodriguez and other staffers. You’ll get to take a closer look at the native flora of the land. Discover the names, colors, features, and shapes of wildflowers that play an important role in the health of our local habitats. The rich watersheds and abundant forests of the Dutch Bill Watershed is the ancestral territory of the Coast Miwok.
Free Summer Lunch Program
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.
Online: Healing through Plants
Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020
Time: 6 -7pm
Location: On Zoom live streamed from Riddell Preserve
Facilitators: LandPaths and Clinical Herbalist Abi Huff
As we shelter-at-home, many of us are focusing on personal and community health. On June 25, connect with LandPaths and Abi Huff, owner and herbalist at The Stinging Nettle in Sonoma. Join us for a virtual session about plants that work on opening the heart. For millennia humans have relied on plant medicines to offer emotional, physical, and spiritual guidance in difficult times. This class will be offered through Zoom and live-streamed from the rustic cabin and forest at Riddell Preserve. No experience is necessary to join! You must register ahead of time to attend.Sign Up 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
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
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Stories from the Field
¿Cómo se ve la cuidado popular de La Tierra durante una pandemia?
June 29, 2020
En LandPaths, el cuidado terrestre impulsado la energía popular se encuentra en el centro de nuestra misión. Nuestros voluntarios regresan una y otra vez para cuidar la …
What Does People-Powered Land Stewardship Look Like In a Pandemic?
June 24, 2020
At LandPaths, people-powered stewardship of the land lies at the core of our mission. Our volunteers return time and again to tend the land at our preserves and community gardens across Sonoma …
IOOBY Goes Digital: How our Youth Team Brought the Joy, Wonder, and Awe of Nature to the Screen
June 11, 2020
When schools across Sonoma County closed down for in-person learning in March due to the coronavirus, teachers, students, and parents were suddenly faced with a series of …
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