Ocean Song

This 421-acre preserve in western Sonoma County teems with native coastal grasslands, canyons, pristine ponds and streams, mixed oak woodlands, redwoods, and acres of garden and farmland. A breath-taking abundance of plant and animal life call this place home. This is the homeland since time immemorial of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok.

Ocean Song is not open to public access.

History

Located on the ancestral homeland of the Southern Pomo and Coast Miwok peoples, the land that became Ocean Song was purchased from a local ranching family by Pieter and Marya Myers in 1975, the result of a friendship with Bill Wheeler, who owned on the neighboring parcel. 

The Myers, in partnership with the Ananda spiritual community, built homes and structures. In 1986, a “Forever Wild” conservation easement was granted on 240 acres of the property, protecting it permanently from development. In 1988, they created the Heirloom Trust, a 501c3 land trust on western parcel (now known as Ocean Song Farm & Wilderness Center), and began Discovery Day Camp with David Berman as director. By the following year, children from Sonoma County schools were making regular visits to the property for environmental education. In 1991, the Myers and Heirloom Trust created a CSA program to provide organic produce from the farm to their community.

Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center was officially incorporated as a nonprofit in the nineties. Ron Karp became executive director in 1993. Ann Dolin faciliated weddings and retreats. Lisa Baiter took over as the director of the Discovery Day Camp in 1992. The property was sold in a bargain sale to Eco-Corps in 1995. In 2000, ownership was transferred to Andrew Beath, the president of Earthways Foundation.

In 2005, Discovery Day Camp was reborn as Coyote Camp, under the vision and director of Annie Klein, who also stewarded the garden. Annie ran Coyote Camp for many years, inspiring a love of nature and the natural world in many children. Coyote Camp was actually an inspiration for LandPaths’ Owl Camp!

In 2019, LandPaths was able to purchase the property, thanks to generous donations from two anonymous families. We will continue the legacy of Ocean Song as a place of remarkable biodiversity and environmental and agricultural education. A community to be changed for the better by the land. 

The land is part of the Sonoma to Marin “critical linkage,” allowing wildlife to move without restraint between undeveloped areas. It’s historically been a critical link for people too, as home of the beloved Coyote Camp and other human-scale endeavors aligned with nature.

" This land acquisition is a big win for the public. I can’t imagine another place in my congressional district where Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands, wild coastal forest, and high coastal grasslands are captured in one view. This property conveys the tremendous natural beauty and resources along the north coast, and is arguably some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. We are very lucky indeed. "

U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, Second District

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