Youth Programs Volunteers

Inspire, encourage, and motivate youth from across Sonoma County in outdoor experiences that tap into the opportunities for wonder, learning, and connection offered by nature! Volunteers like you are key to helping local youth foster a love of the land.

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In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) connects elementary-aged youth, along with their teachers and parents, to open spaces in Sonoma County. Participating classes experience four theme-based visits that evolve throughout the school year from fun and learning expeditions to stewardship projects.  IOOBY volunteers help staff supervise children and lead outdoor education activities. They are trained and supervised by LandPaths’ staff.

Owl Camp is our nature camp that gets kids outside to explore and enjoy the outdoors through hiking, creek exploration, swimming, canoeing, nature crafts, organic gardening, and music. 

Owl Camp volunteers help in all aspects of our nature-based summer day camp. They lead hikes, sing songs, take kids to the creek, craft natural art projects, and more. Camp roles include docent (activity leader), docent assistant, gardener, chef, driver, and guest expert. Volunteers can choose to work with all-age groups or focus on an age range that interests them. Volunteers are required to be fingerprinted and attend a one-day camp volunteer training. 

teen river trek volunteer

Russian River Teen Trek offers a special opportunity for youth ages 12-14 to explore the natural world from the unique perspective of a boat paddling down the Russian River. Typically, the River Teen Trek takes place in two sessions during June and July.

We welcome a select team of dedicated and experienced adult volunteers excited to share their knowledge and love of the scenic Russian River. All our staff and volunteers must be fingerprinted for a thorough background check

Backcountry Basics gives teen outdoor enthusiasts a chance to dive deep into learning all the skills necessary to be self-sufficient on the trail. Typically, the Backcountry Basics trip takes place during a week in June. 

Experienced backpackers who love sharing their passion for the outdoors with the younger generation may wish to volunteer for the Backcountry Basics trip. All our staff and volunteers must be fingerprinted for a thorough background check.

iRead Outside provides opportunities for families to combine a love of reading with experiencing nature. Volunteers gather book donations, read to the children, organize activities, prepare the site at Bayer Farm, assist with the free lunch program that precedes iRead on Tuesdays during the summer.

Inspired Forward brings the need for more positive and leadership-based experiences for youth together with the opportunities presented by the land—recreation, learning, adventure, local food, contemplation, and community.

If you are interested in serving in a mentorship role for teens and young adults, this is the volunteer opportunity for you. We encourage regular commitment. There are typically six different Inspired Forward cohorts, which go on a series of four outings throughout the year. A volunteer may choose to join one or more cohorts. Bilingual skills can be helpful, but not required.

Become a Youth Programs Volunteer

Volunteers like you make getting youth into nature possible!

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A Wild Foraging Adventure

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At the end of August, Jesica Rodriguez participated in TrekSonoma’s Wild Foraging Adventure at LandPaths’ Ocean Song Preserve. Located on the traditional homeland of the Coast Miwok, …

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The view from Riddell Preserve during the Walbridge Fire. A tree in shadows sits close to camera and the dawn sunrise shines pink and purple with hills in the distance.

Fire, Grief, and Recovery at Riddell

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As the Walbridge fire bore down on Riddell, LandPaths’ 400-acre preserve west of Healdsburg, firefighters carefully swept the deck of the dry leaf litter around Steve’s cabin. The simple …

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How the Celtic Day of the Dead Became Hallowe’en

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by Michael Ellis, LandPaths’ Board of Directors and Footloose Forays Hallowe’en is my favorite American holiday. This celebration evolved from the ancient Celtic Day of the Dead. …

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