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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

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

Spring Break Nature Camp

March 16 to 20 2020 ; 9am to 3pm
Leaders: LandPaths youth programs staff
$300 with scholarships available based on need

Spring Break Nature Camp is a  day camp open to young people aged 6 to 12. Modeled after our award-winning environmantal education program, In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY), spring break campers will learn and play while exploring the rich environment of Rancho Mark West.

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A Day of Stewardship and Stories of the Land w/ Executive Director Craig Anderson

Saturday, March 7; 10am to 3pm

Join us for a special day of stewardship at Riddell Preserve with Executive Director Craig Anderson. We’ll spend the morning tending the land together.  In the early afternoon, we’ll break for a warm meal, provided by LandPaths, in the property’s lovely cabin with its views of Healdsburg’s Dry Creek Valley. Over lunch, Craig will share stories from the land.

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Attuning Your Senses to Nature at Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Saturday, March 21; 10am to 2pm

Slow down, open your senses deeply, be receptive to what lies all around you and learn to hear, see, smell, touch, and (yes!) taste in a new way. We will visit different habitats of the preserve (the Margaret Creek woodland, the Duvoul Creek and nearby meadow) and use a variety of activities to open to new sensory impressions.

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Vamos Afuera: Aprendamos a Crear un Diario de la Naturaleza

Sábado, 15 de febrero; 1pm to 4:30pm

¿Quiéres apreciar la naturaleza con una perspectiva diferente? ¿Quiéres observar, comprender y grabar más del vibrante mundo que te rodea? Este taller divertido te enseñará las herramientas utilizadas por los mejores naturalistas de todos los tiempos. Usando lápices y un cuaderno de campo, crearemos dibujos y tomaremos notas de nuestros encuentros con la fascinante biodiversidad de la Laguna de Santa Rosa y señalando el arroyo Irwin.

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Stories from the Field

20 people smile in a group at Saddle Mountain.

Journey to Saddle Mountain

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On the eastern boundary of Santa Rosa sits a special place called Saddle Mountain. Once at risk of development, the 960-acre preserve is home to portions of …

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two Elsie Allen high school students sit on a bluff above the ocean journaling and sitting in the sun.

LandPaths’ Inspired Forward Gets High School Students Outside, Studying Biology, and Connecting with Nature at Shell Beach

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Harbor seals resting on rocks and playing in the waves. Sea birds soaring across an azure sky broken by clouds. Wait, wait! Look! Is that a whale …

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a child in a red shirt looks for salamanders underneath a douglas fir tree

A Day of Salamanders, Songs, and Fun at Rancho Mark West

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After a long stretch of cold winter weather, a dozen families got to stretch out and run around in nature with LandPaths last Sunday. It was a …

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