Learn in Nature, Transform Lives

Schools and Groups

A hike through oak woodlands to a waterfall. Hands-on lessons about compost and pollinator plants at a community garden. An exploration of the Russian River watershed by kayak. 

Our school and group-based youth programs connect your students with the land. Because, we know, learning in nature is transformative. 

We make these opportunities not only possible, but accessible for all. Since 1999, our award-winning environmental education programs have impacted hundreds of local youth a year.  

Led by our experienced field specialists, In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) gives your students time to explore, connect with a nearby natural space, and create a lifelong bond with nature. Teachers will be happy to know that our environmental education curriculum aligns with California’s Next Generation Science Standards, making your job easier. 

Too often, once kids leave elementary school, nature curriculum disappears. Inspired Forward, for teens and young adults, gets youth into nature, creating opportunities for wonder, connection, confidence-building, and stewardship.

Cynthia Spigarelli, 3rd grade teacher at Luther Burbank Elementary School

" One day with IOOBY is worth 30 in the classroom! "

In School Programs

In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY)

Inspired Forward

Stories + News

Stories from the Field

10 signs of spring on the preserves

After a difficult fall and winter, we are taking heart at the signs of spring proliferating across Sonoma County. Enjoy the following photos and observations from LandPaths’ …

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Staring up into multiple Redwood trees

Nature is a tonic. That’s not without challenges.

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Nature – in pullout vistas on the roadside, grand state and regional parks and smaller nature preserves, beaches and trails, even small neighborhood stands of oak – has been nothing …

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

How LandPaths is responding to the Covid-19 pandemic

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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 last year, when …

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