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!

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In Our Own Backyard (IOOBY) connects elementary-aged youth to open spaces in Sonoma County. IOOBY volunteers help staff supervise children and lead environmental education activities.

Camps get kids outside to explore and enjoy the outdoors through hiking, creek exploration, swimming, canoeing, nature crafts, organic gardening, and music. Camp volunteers 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. 

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

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.

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Volunteers like you make getting youth into nature possible!

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Stories from the Field

Hundreds of Roseland Middle Schoolers Get Outside with LandPaths’ Inspired Forward

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“This is gorgeous!” declares an 8th grader from Roseland Accelerated Middle School, looking across the waves of native grasslands billowing towards stands of redwood, oak, madrone, and bay trees, underneath a blue sky stippled with clouds at Bohemia Ecological Preserve. The Dutch Bill Watershed, where Bohemia is located, is the …

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A group of people hiking in Yosemite with a towering mountain in the background

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Story by Senior Bilingual Field Specialist Guadalupe Casco Haga clic en español en la esquina superior derecha de este sitio web para leer esta historia en español …

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Harvest Festival at Bayer Neighborhood Park and Gardens

Harvest Festival and LandPaths 25th Anniversary Celebration Day: Saturday, September 11, 2021 Location: Bayer Neighborhood Park and Gardens, 1550 West Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95407  Time: 9 AM – 3 PM  Schedule 10am – …

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