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Our 2020 Camps Campaign runs through June 1. If you are able, please consider donating today. Your gift means that we can increase scholarships and give the experience of summer nature camp to even more youth!

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.


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

Online: Journey Into the World of Amphibians

Friday, May 29


On Zoom

Join LandPaths for a family fun journey into the world of amphibians! Get to know our Education Field Specialists while exploring the amazing world of amphibian habitats, life cycles and characteristics.

This virtual lesson was developed during shelter-in-place for students in our IOOBY (In Our Own Backyard) environmental education program.  All IOOBY lessons are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and are designed to promote scientific inquiry and inspire wonder and awe in nature. This multi-media lesson is geared towards students in grades 2-5, but all ages are welcome! Register in advance to reserve your spot!

Advance Registration Required. Sign Up Here to receive Zoom link.

Free Summer Lunch Program

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

Monday through Friday, 12pm-1pm

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.


CANCELLED: For the Love of the Land: Open Mic at Rancho Mark West

Friday, March 27; 5:30pm to 9pm

Express yourself and your love for the land with an open mic session at Rancho Mark West. Surrounded by 120 acres of Redwoods, flowing creeks, and open space, we will take some time to give thanks to the life around us. We’ll start our night with a hike through the redwoods, followed by an Open Mic Session where you will have the opportunity to express your love of the land through poetry, spoken word, art, and music.


Cancelled due to pandemic: LandPaths' Family Trek

Cancelled due to pandemic

Saturday, May 23 – Sunday, May 24

Leaders: LandPaths trek docents

Families of all ages are invited to join LandPaths on a 2-day Trek beginning and ending at Shell Beach, near Jenner. From the coast we will walk five miles inland to a secluded privately owned ranch on the edge of Willow Creek State Park for an overnight of camping, storytelling, good food and a starry night around a fire. Families will be able to wander, play, and relax along the beautiful salmon-bearing Willow Creek. After a leisurely Sunday morning families will hike back to the coast over our beautiful coastal hills and through spring flowers.


Stories + News

Stories from the Field

Ocean Song view

An Update on LandPaths Preserves and Partner Properties

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LandPaths exists – if for nothing else – then to harness community power to protect healthy land on which to experience and be inspired by nature, where …

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little girl smiling in a face mask and owl camp t-shirt,

Masks for Summer Nature Campers

What style of masks do kids like? Health experts have declared that it’s much safer to recreate in the outdoors than inside. Based on recommendations from the …

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A mother reading to her daughter in LandPaths' iRead Outside program

Children Still Need Community: How iREAD Outside shifted online during the pandemic

Guadalupe Casco, Senior Bilingual Field Specialist, runs iREAD Outside, one of LandPaths’ hallmark programs for children. Recently, she’s taken on the challenge of shifting a completely outdoors-based …

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