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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

Covid-19 Response: Updated December 2020

LandPaths’ commitment to the health and wellbeing of everyone in our community has only strengthened during the immense mental, physical, and financial challenges of Covid-19. We continue to connect people with the land and each other in creative ways. We created these policies based on new OSHA requirements as well as research in best practices that includes input from the Center for Disease Control, California state and Sonoma County health directives, and LandPaths’ legal advisor

Our goal is to support our entire community to get outdoors safely by doing the following:  

  • Implementing updated safety directives based on strict following of state and county public health mandates. 
  • Re-imagining programs to keep you connected to nature safely. 
  • Supporting staff as they work remotely. 

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

Stewardship Workday at Bohemia Preserve

Date: Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Time: 9am to 1pm

Leaders: Elias Lopez and Kyle Gift, LandPaths Stewardship Specialists

Location: Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Give nature a hand! Come and join us at the stunning, 1,000-acre Bohemia Ecological Preserve for a day of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun! Tasks are dependent on need and season.

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Charlie Brown Xmas Tree Hunt

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Time: 9:30am to 4pm; Various time slots

Leaders: LandPaths’ Stewardship Specialists

Location: Ocean Song Preserve

Find solace in nature as we work together to heal ourselves and the land. Harvest a free Christmas Tree and help our fire reduction work at Ocean Song at the same time.  You are invited to remove Douglas fir in an area of the preserve where thinning is necessary for stewardship of the land. Participants will be able to take home a Doug fir for their Christmas tree! This is a Covid-19 safe event. All participants must register ahead of time and review our Covid-19 safety protocols.

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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.

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Nourished by Nature Winter Camp

CANCELLED DUE TO SHELTER-IN-PLACE ORDERS

Dates: December 21 – 23, 2020

Who: Grades 1 – 6

Time: 10am to 3pm

Leaders: LandPaths Education Field Specialists

Location: Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Cost: $180 with scholarships available

Join LandPaths’ education field specialists as we explore the forests, mountains, and streams that make up this beautiful 1000-acre preserve. 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, hike through the mountains, and make new friends!  We will explore different habitats, discover how plants and animals interact with each other, and engage in hands-on scientific exploration. After the morning exploration and lunch, the afternoon will consist of nature games, journaling, and creative arts.

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Stories + News

Stories from the Field

Teens Escape Screens on an Eco Adventure with LandPaths

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The first weeks of 2021 have been challenging on a national scale. We wanted to offer you a chance to take a cleansing breath and learn about …

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Forest path surrounded by large redwood tress at Grove of Old Trees

20 Years with the Grove of Old Trees

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It’s hard to believe, but in 1990s, these grand redwoods, tucked off an inconspicous lane in west Sonoma County, were slated to be cut down as part of a …

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

Response to Covid-19/ Nuestra Respuesta a Covid-19

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For 25 years LandPaths has actively worked for land and community in Sonoma County. Our commitment is further strengthened during the immense mental, physical, and financial challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.   We believe our local open …

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