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Stewardship

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Our approach to stewardship, the responsible management of resources, starts with the community. This means a lot of volunteers with their hands in the dirt.  When we work together, the task becomes much lighter! 

We don’t use industrial equipment or pesticides to steward the land. This means more work for us and for our volunteers. But it also means more opportunities to grow relationships with nature and each other. 

And don’t worry about your abilities. No prior skills are necessary. Our skilled stewardship staff will train volunteers on how to build trails, use tools, plant identification. We’ll provide all the tools and guidance you need to be part of a productive and fun day on the land. 

  • Stewardship at Preserves: At our preserves, we steward with an eye towards biodiversity of native species, the health of the land, and a decrease in the extinction of species. Volunteer activities might include: non-native plant removal, road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance, trail-building, and wildfire fuel reduction.
  • Stewardship at our Community Gardens: At our community gardens at Bayer Farm and Andy’s Unity Park, we invite you to get outside, stretch your legs, and meet new friends while you weed, plant, turn compost, or prepare new garden beds. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn about organic gardening while experiencing the joy of community gardening. 

Stewardship volunteer opportunities run from one-day drop-ins to ongoing commitments. We welcome community, corporate, youth, and school groups for organized workdays. Read all about it here.

Volunteer stewardship at Riddell Preserve

Volunteer stewardship at Bohemia Ecological Preserve

Videos by LandPaths’ Stewardship Intern Meghan Stewart

Cardinal Newman High School senior

" I could just pull broom all day. I live for this! "

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Upcoming Stewardship Opportunities

Give nature a hand! Come and join us at one of our preserves or partner properties for a day of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun! Tasks are dependent on need and season.

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COVID-19 Update: A Message from LandPaths

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LandPaths staff with IOOBY students at the farm

Future Stewards of the Earth: McDowell Elementary School Students Get Outside with IOOBY

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The climate crisis means that a sense of our interconnection with a healthy natural world has never been more crucial. Ideally, this connection and stewardship starts in …

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two volunteers at Ocean Song stand with shovels before cob benches

Stewardship, Joy, and Gratitude at LandPaths’ First Volunteer Stewardship Workday at Ocean Song Preserve

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Set to a soundtrack of soothing ocean waves rising from the Sonoma Coast below, LandPaths’ hosted our first stewardship workday of 2020 in January at Ocean Song …

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