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For Land & 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

Click here to learn how we are responding to Covid-19.

#Giving Tuesday 

In Sonoma County and all across the world, #GivingTuesday has become a day when the outpouring of generosity, support, love, brings communities together and gratitude to the fore. We’d be honored to have your support today if you’re inspired and able to make a contribution. Every gift of any size makes a difference.


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

Nourished by Nature: For Grades 1 to 6

Dates: November 25, December 2,9, + 16 2020

Ages: Grades 1 to 6

Time: 9am to 2/3pm

Days: Four consecutive Wednesdays

Leaders: LandPaths’ Bilingual Education Field Specialists

Location: Bohemia Ecological Preserve or Bayer Farm

Cost: $240 w/ scholarships available

Inspired by our “In Our Own BackYard” (IOOBY) environmental education program, we will host a small group of explorers who are eager to get outside, get their hands dirty, and make new friends!  We will learn how to grow healthy food, discover pollinators and decomposers, and engage in hands-on scientific exploration.  After the morning lessons and lunch, the afternoon will consist of nature games, journaling, and creative arts.

Read LandPaths Youth Programs Covid 19 Protocols Here.



Fire Recovery Volunteer Stewardship Day

Date: Wednesdays, November 11, 20, 25  2020

Time: 9am to 3pm

Leaders: LandPaths’ Stewardship Specialists

Location: Riddell Preserve, Healdsburg

Volunteers will help install erosion control materials, such as wattles and jute netting, on the dozer lines created during the Walbridge fire.  The goal is to stop sediment from entering our watersheds. Volunteers will be able to leave before 3 if needed. No experience necessary but the workday will require light hiking over uneven terrain.   


Honoring Tonantzin

Date: Monday, December 16, 2020

Who: For youth ages 9 – 17 and their families

Time: 6pm

Leaders: LandPaths, Naturalmente Indigena, Adela Diaz-Villalta

Location: Zoom; pre-registration required to get link

Cost: Free

This workshop will uplift youth voices and while intended for youth 9-17 and their families, this event is open to all ages!  We invite you to participate in this youth/family space, and share in a conversation on Tonantzin (Mother Earth), and the gifts she offers us to use towards our wellness.

Leading the workshop along with her family is Adela Diaz-Villalta, 13, President of Naturalmente Indígena, a youth organization promoting community, ceremony, and traditional knowledge towards sustainably. She is also a Project G.O.O.D (growing our own destiny) intern with Yisrael Family Urban Farm. During this pandemic Adela is facilitating a youth mindfulness circle for tween and teen girls of color. Gather with us at home with your family to listen or participate by using the suggested material list.


Eco Adventures for Teens

Date: December 5, 12,19, 2020 – Saturdays

Who: For teens ages 13 to 16

Time: 10am to 3pm

Leaders: LandPaths Education Field Specialists

Location: Bohemia Ecological Preserve and the Russian River

Cost: $240 with scholarships available

Explore the Russian River, and the forests and mountains of West Sonoma County with LandPaths! You are invited to join a small group of adventurers who are ready to get outside, hike the mountains of Bohemia Ecological Preserve, kayak on the Russian River, learn more about edible plants and fungi, and connect with other teens!
Eco Adventures will take place rain or shine, though we may shorten the days if it’s too cold or wet. No gear? No worries! We are able to provide rain ponchos and boots for participants. The kayak adventure will run on either December 12 or 19, depending on weather.

All Covid19 Safety protocols will be followed at this outdoor program, including temperature checks at sign-in, masks (we have extras to share!), frequent hand washing/sanitizing and physical distancing. Read LandPaths Youth Programs Covid 19 Protocols Here.

Register Here

Stories + News

Stories from the Field

A Wild Foraging Adventure

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At the end of August, Jesica Rodriguez participated in TrekSonoma’s Wild Foraging Adventure at LandPaths’ Ocean Song Preserve. Located on the traditional homeland of the Coast Miwok, …

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The view from Riddell Preserve during the Walbridge Fire. A tree in shadows sits close to camera and the dawn sunrise shines pink and purple with hills in the distance.

Fire, Grief, and Recovery at Riddell

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As the Walbridge fire bore down on Riddell, LandPaths’ 400-acre preserve west of Healdsburg, firefighters carefully swept the deck of the dry leaf litter around Steve’s cabin. The simple …

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rancho mark west foggy barn scene

How the Celtic Day of the Dead Became Hallowe’en

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by Michael Ellis, LandPaths’ Board of Directors and Footloose Forays Hallowe’en is my favorite American holiday. This celebration evolved from the ancient Celtic Day of the Dead. …

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