Thank you for your interest in volunteering with LandPaths in Sonoma County! Our full name is LAND PArtners THrough Stewardship and that means acting with you as stewards and fellow adventurers. Whatever your lived experience, physical ability, time, skills, and interests, we have a place for you.
Keep scrolling to get an overview of all the ways to participate as a volunteer!
Root Youth in Nature
LandPaths significantly reduce the barriers and expands opportunities to get outside. As a result, more youth experience joy and awe in nature, helping to build or expand on a sense of belonging and caring for the land and community.
Owl Camp: Our long-running and popular nature camp for ages 6 to 13 years.
Queer and Trans Youth + Allies Camp: A fun and welcoming opportunity for LGBTQAI2s+ youth and allies between the ages of 7 to 18, to be in nature, learning and growing with their peers
Russian River Summer Teen Trek: Youth ages 12 to 18 to explore the natural world, while paddling down the Russian River in a kayak.
How You Can Help
From leading hiking adventures and craft projects to driving kids to camp to singing songs by a creek, you can help our staff create amazing, inclusive experiences for campers!
*If you have kayaking experience, please consider helping to with Russian River Teen Treks!
In-School Programs (Environmental Education)
In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY): Our ground-breaking environmental education program started in 1999. IOOBY connects local elementary school children and teachers to open space in Sonoma County.
Inspired Forward (IF): Geared towards teens and young adults, Inspired Forward grows leadership, team-building, mental resilience, ecological literacy, and stewardship skills.
How You Can Help:
Support our youth programs staff as they bring science curriculum to life and create connections to nature and community on field trips to open space preserves across Sonoma County. This opportunity takes place during the school year.
Branch Out Conservation for Everyone
With a dedication to equity and inclusion, we reduce the barriers to increase access for people historically excluded from positive connection with nature and the outdoors.
Bayer Farm: Our two-acre community farm and hub in the heart of Roseland, in partnership with the City of Santa Rosa. Bayer is a beloved place for nature in the city, learning and refuge, especially for the people and the land most impacted by climate change, wildfire, and other crises.
Jeff’s Garden at Andy’s Unity Park: Our newer community farm and hub in southwest Santa Rosa. Inspired by Bayer Farm, Jeff’s Garden offers similar ways to lend a hand.
Rancho Mark West: Our teaching garden at this community and learning hub in the Mayacamas Mountains above Santa Rosa was severely damaged in the Glass Fire; we need lots of people-power to help rehabilitate and rebuild the soil and the plants.
Ocean Song/Myers: A haven for pollinators, birds, and other creatures, this iconic garden is a place of respite and refuge in West County.
How You Can Help:
Lend a hand at the community gardens for either pre-scheduled or drop-in stewardship days. No garden or stewardship experience necessary, just a willingness to get your hands dirty and care for the land!
Help with food distribution throughout the year or during the free summer lunch program at Bayer Farm and Jeff’s Garden.
Do you have experience with native plants, vineyards, mulching, fruit tree pruning, or any other specialized gardening skill? Let us know as we can use those skills at all of the gardens!
Let’s Read Outside
Love the idea of combining a love of nature with early childhood literacy, art, crafts, and reading aloud? Consider volunteering with Let’s Read Outside, which runs summer through fall at Bayer Farm and other open space partner locations.
How You Can Help:
Help gather and sort book donations, prepare the site for the reading activity, support arts and crafts activities or lead a reading circle!
Or why not share your love of nature as a docent?
Docents are instrumental to our mission of providing equitable public access opportunities. After a training process, docents are ready to lead unique outings and hikes, in English, Spanish, or both on preserves stewarded by LandPaths.
Grow Community with Nature
Acting with common purpose and courage, we care for the land and each other and respond to the changing needs of the community. Nature is one of our best hopes for dealing with the environmental and social crisis aggravated by climate change.
Our approach to stewardship, the responsible management of resources, starts with the community. This means a lot of people with their hands in the dirt. In community, the task becomes lighter.
How You Can Help
Maintain trails, do wildfire fuel and invasive species reduction and more. No experience necessary and we provide the tools! Drop-in stewardship days at the preserves throughout the year.
Monitor wildlife cameras, change SD cards and batteries, etc. Or do database work from the comfort of home such as identifying animals in photos and adding information to our database.
For ages of 14 to 24, Young Stewards grow skills in land stewardship.
Affinity groups such as Friends of the Grove.
Other Ways to Help
Work remotely or from the LandPaths office in downtown Santa Rosa, helping with data entry, office and database organization, envelope stuffing, and other administrative tasks.
Help our Communications Team with social media, photography, blog posts, video creation, research, media outreach, flyer design, or other creative ways to get the word out.
Let’s get started! Fill out the General Participation Survey and our Volunteer Coordinator will be in touch soon!
For any questions, contact:
Volunteer and Community Hub Lead Laura Revilla at email@example.com.