Learn in Nature, Transform Lives

School-Based Programs

Learning in nature is transformative. 

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 nature in Sonoma County. 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, leadership-building, ecological literacy, confidence-building, and an ethic of land 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

A Summer at Bayer 2022 Photo Diary ~ Un verano en Bayer 2022 Diario de fotos

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As we edge towards the seasonal transition into autumn, it’s a great time to reflect the summer that’s winding down. On any given summer day at LandPaths’ …

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A family smiles with the red barn at Bayer Farm in the background. In the foreground of the photo is a table full of tomatoes, squash, corn, and other vegetables harvested at Bayer Farm that day.

LandPaths receives $700,000 Outdoor Equity Grants Program grant from California State Parks.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  June 16, 2022  Contact: Leilani Clark, Communications Lead  Email: leilani@landpaths.org   Cell: (707) 332-4736  LandPaths receives $700,000 Outdoor Equity Grants Program grant from California State …

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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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