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

gopher snake in the grass at ocean song preserve

Neighborhood Nature: Meet a Gopher Snake

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This photo, taken by LandPaths Education Field Specialist Mineaux Gray, is of a Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer) at Ocean Song Preserve. The four-foot long reptile …

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A banana slug lies on the ground in front of a leaf

Neighborhood Nature: Meet a Banana Slug!

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by Jessica Holloway, Senior Education Field Specialist With all this time at home, we’ve been noticing all kinds of cool creatures cruising around outside, like these Banana Slugs!   Use …

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book covers of LandPaths favorite books

Staff Share Their Favorite Books about Nature + Culture on #WorldBookDay

In celebration of World Book Day 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we thought it would be fun to share a list of LandPaths’ staffers …

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