About LandPaths

LandPaths is an environmental education and conservation leader with the mission to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County. We believe everyone should have access to the awe and inspiration of nature.

Annually, we engage thousands of participants like you in joyful, caring, and transformative relationship with the land. We do this mainly through creative outings led in both English and Spanish, environmental education, nature camps, and people-powered land stewardship of local open spaces.

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Land Acknowledgement

Our community gardens, office, and preserves throughout Sonoma County are located on the ancestral homelands of the Southern Pomo, Coast Miwok, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, and Mishewal people, past, present, and future. We recognize them as the first people and the first stewards of this land.

Initiatives

Rooting Youth in Nature

LandPaths significantly reduces the barriers and expands opportunities to get outside so that more youth are able to experience wonder, joy, awe, belonging, and connection in nature.

Branching Out Conservation for Everyone

LandPaths expands the amount of people in Sonoma County who benefit from healthy land, understand the value of nature, and cultivate a sense of wanting to care for the land that gives so much back to us.

Community Care

Growing Community with Nature

Wildfires, flooding, and other challenges have dramatically increased globally and locally because of human-caused climate change. Reciprocal and joyful relationships between people and the land is a solution to climate disruption. From volunteer land stewardship days to community gatherings in local open spaces, you’ll find a range of creative, impactful opportunities to participate with LandPaths and make a difference.

Featured Outings

Forest Therapy Walk at Bohemia Preserve

  • Day: Sunday, June 23
  • Time: 10am – 1pm
  • Place: Bohemia Ecological Preserve, Occidental
  • Led by docents Emily, Deb, and Franny

Forest therapy is based on the Japanese practice, shinrin-yoku, which can be translated as “forest bathing” or “taking in the atmosphere of the forest.” A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. It’s a time to slow down and become immersed in the natural environment, connecting with self, connecting with others, and connecting with the more-than-human world. This walk is appropriate for adults and older teens.

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Early Summer Hike at Lafferty Ranch

  • Day: Saturday, June 29
  • Time: 9am – 11:30am
  • Place: Lafferty Ranch, Petaluma

The summer solstice brings change on Sonoma Mountain, as the trees darken and the grass dries. The creeks should still be flowing from the spring rains. Explore and discuss with docent Larry Modell, a long-time advocate for public open space. The hiking terrain ranges from broad, gentle meadows to steep challenging hillsides. We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Petaluma Valley, stretching southwards to Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo, all the way to San Francisco. The trail passes through groves of venerable oak and bay trees along the Adobe Creek, with a total elevation gain of 500’. You’ll enjoy panoramic vistas, and a babbling, perennial stream. The hike will be above the creek up to a vista point at the mid-point meadow, where we will stop to enjoy the panoramic views and snacks before returning to our cars.

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Be Gone Barbed Goat Grass!

  • Day: Saturday, June 29
  • Time: 9am -1pm
  • Place: Bohemia Ecological Preserve, Occidental

Argh, Barbedgoat grass! (*shakes fist*). Barbedgoat grass tends to dramatically outcompete rare serpentine grasses and can cause injury to grazing animals. That’s why we’re so intent on removing as much as possible from Bohemia Ecological Preserve. The more people we get out for this day, the barbedgoat grass we can get rid of! Plus, tending to the health of native grasslands in community with others is a guaranteed mood-booster.

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Camp Trillium - Nature Camp for LGBTQ+ Youth and Allies

  • Days: July 1 – 5, 2024
  • Open to youth ages 11-14
  • Place: Bohemia Ecological Preserve, Occidental
  • Cost: $420 with full and partial scholarships available

At the heart of all LandPaths’ Camps are joyful experiences in nature! This week we will be enjoying all the things that make LandPaths’ camps unique, hiking through fields and forests, canoeing on the pond, bonding as a group while playing nature themed games and learning all about the plants and animals that call this nature preserve in west Sonoma County home. In addition to all the wonderful time spent in nature, this week will center LGBTQIA+ youth in recognition that through meaningful relationships with one another and the outdoors, we can build community and experience brave spaces and joy together!

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Stories + News

Stories from the Field

Protected: Community Partnership: Worker Leaders with North Bay Jobs with Justice Create Fuel Breaks at a LandPaths’ Preserve

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Remembering Lorri Duckworth

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Lorri Duckworth was one of those small family farmers who genuinely loved her produce. Even more so, she loved how people from all over the Bay Area, […]

Discover the World of Native California Grasslands!

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Story by Lara O’Herlihy, Stewardship Field Specialist I’m sitting on a grassy hillside in the Coleman Valley Creek drainage that overlooks the ocean, pulling the invasive bracypodium […]

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