Volunteer Opportunities

Lend a Hand as a Volunteer

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 get involved. Then fill out the General Participation Survey at the bottom of the page.

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 kids running by John Burgess

Nature Camp

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!
LandPaths staff with IOOBY students at the farm

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.
Students from Roseland Accelerated Middle School hope across the creek at Rancho Mark West on their way to help mulch some of the 4,000 replanted trees on the property on Thursday, February 10, 2022. (Photo by John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

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.
Two people in blue LandPaths t-shirts stand at Bayer Farm in front of a gigantic yellow sunflower. They are smiling.

Community Gardens

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.
Little kid with an apple at Bayer Farm Harvest Festiva

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!
iread at bayer farm

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.
stewardship at bohemia

People-Powered Parks

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.
Roseland Accelerated Middle School students Jolene Dominguez, 13, left, and Marlene Chavez pack mulch around some of the 4,000 redwood trees replanted at Rancho Mark West.

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.
Young woman talking a selfie of her and two friends in the forest

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 laura@landpaths.org.

Stories + News

Stories from the Field

Our impact is made possible by volunteers like you, with a passion for growing community with nature.

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

Covid Policies at LandPaths

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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. Since March of 2020, when shelter-in-place …

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The Community Rallied to Plant 4400 Redwood Saplings at Rancho Mark West in ONE Weekend

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A warm and hearty thank you to everyone who helped plant redwood saplings at Rancho Mark West with LandPaths! Volunteers showed up for the land and community big time, joining together to plant …

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Hundreds of Roseland Middle Schoolers Get Outside with LandPaths’ Inspired Forward

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“This is gorgeous!” declares an 8th grader from Roseland Accelerated Middle School, looking across the waves of native grasslands billowing towards stands of redwood, oak, madrone, and bay trees, underneath a blue sky stippled with clouds at Bohemia Ecological Preserve. The Dutch Bill Watershed, where Bohemia is located, is the …

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