Ocean Song

Our 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. 

Hike ridgetop grasslands to find sweeping views from Mt. Tamalpais to Point Reyes. Explore babbling, soothing Finley Creek which connects with the Salmon Creek watershed. Find respite in the organic garden with its herbs, flowers, and buzzing bees. Listen to the diverse songs and calls of local birds. Feel the ocean breeze across your face as you immerse in nature on this protected forever land.

How to get involved

Volunteer to do stewardship in the organic garden or in the more wild areas of the property.

Donate to our Ocean Song campaign

Volunteer in the LandPaths office to help with Ocean Song administrative needs. 

History

The property that became Ocean Song was originally purchased by Pieter and Marya Myers in 1975, the result of a friendship with Bill Wheeler, the owner of the infamous Wheeler Ranch 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 purchased the property from Beath, with the generous donations from two anonymous families. We will continue the legacy of Ocean Song as a place of remarkable environmental and agricultural heritage and education. A place to be changed for the better by the land. 

Support our Ocean Song Fundraising Campaign

Thanks to anonymous donations from two families, LandPaths was able to make the initial purchase of the 421-acre Ocean Song property.

We are currently fundraising for Ocean Song and the purchase of the adjoining property.

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.

Your donation will support LandPaths’ vision to create an uninterrupted, publicly accessible link from Ocean Song all the way to the Sonoma Coast for hiking, trekking and nature experiences for all.

Questions? 

Emmett Hopkins
Community Care Specialist
707. 544.7284 x 114
emmett@landpaths.org

District 5 Supervisor Lynda Hopkins says ...

" The preservation of Ocean Song by our partners at LandPaths is the culmination of years long efforts to bring this special property, with its expansive coastal views available for public access and continuation of the decades of environmental education opportunities provided by this place. Efforts continue to acquire to adjoining parcel, which will complete their mission to connect the coast at Shell Beach to the hilltops on Coleman Valley Road. Our community will benefit from the efforts of LandPaths and private owners to protect and preserve this gem in perpetuity." "

" 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. Thanks to the vision, energy and commitment of LandPaths, children now and in future generations will be able to walk from the Kortum Trail above the Sonoma Coast Beach eight miles by trail to Ocean Song. We are very lucky indeed. "

U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, Second District

Participate

Support our Ocean Song Fundraising Campaign

Stewardship Workday

Friday, January 31; 9am to 1pm

Come lend a hand at LandPaths’ newest preserve! With it’s beautiful native grasslands, lush gardens, oak woodlands, and views for miles, Ocean Song is an ecological and cultural treasure.

Join us for a morning of stewardship and community at this beautiful preserve!

Tasks may include garden stewardship, grassland restoration, or infrastructure maintainence

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