Message from our Executive Director

Dear Friends,
I’m writing to reflect on the devastation to our region, the light that has come in response to it and what LandPaths is doing now, and going forward.  The loss of life, loss of homes and instantaneous change to the look and feel of our landscape has been absolutely gut wrenching…beyond apocalyptic.  Our hearts go out to all affected by the fires that continue to threaten our region.  So far, the response of our people, the beauty and grace in the face of this loss that so many of us have witnessed or been a part of gives us hope, reminds us of the resilience and compassion that humans are capable of.  It’s simple, it’s heroic, and so beautifully humane.   
 
The staff of LandPaths has been coordinating in the last two days to answer just what can we as a community force – in collaboration with sister agencies - do to aid our community in this time?  Currently, we are urging people to ‘stay out of smokey areas’ and to tend to their neighbors and families.  There will be time a plenty to be outside exploring and lending a helping hand at our natures preserves when the air clears and is safe for us all. 
 
CURRENTLY…we are hosting TWO different activities: 1) An Outing to aid getting out onto the coast together, getting cooped-up kids out of shelters and indoors into clean outdoor air…this weekend AND 2) LandPaths Bayer Farm Meal & Heal – an ongoing series of breakfasts and dinners hosted by our staff and remarkable volunteers.  Meals are potluck if you have food to share, otherwise they are "come join us" and enjoy the bounty of Sonoma County.  Contact jonathan@landpaths.org or go to LandPaths Bayer Farm on Facebook for more information.    
 
If you are inspired to help - whether it be to be called upon to volunteer, provide resources or have suggestions, you are encouraged to contact us via belong@landpaths.org or by leaving a message at 707-544-7284.  Thank you!
Craig Anderson, CEO

Cal Alum Magazine Features LandPaths

LandPaths Takes a Road Less Traveled to Community Building

 Bayer Farm Girls Running

Story by Glen Martin

LandPaths is a highly successful Sonoma County conservancy-cum-outreach program that fills a variety of needs: maintaining and restoring open space reserves, connecting kids and families to the outdoors through hikes, camp outs and paddle trips, and supporting summer camps and colloquia. Though the group sponsors trips to the Sierra, the main emphasis is on the lush landscapes of Sonoma County: the hardwood forests and upland meadows of the Riddell Preserve, a 400-acre parcel above the Dry Creek Valley, or the old-growth coniferous forests of the organization’s Bohemia Ecological Preserve, located in the Russian River watershed near Occidental.  Click here to read the full article...

FEATURED OUTINGS & VOLUNTEER STEWARDSHIP

Explore Your Place!

October 14th, 10am-1pm

Community Coastal Hike & Picnic

 Poff Snip

LandPaths Friends ~ We hope you are all safe and with loved ones at this time. We would like to offer a space and opportunity to come together to share blue skies and nature's solace at the coast. LandPaths staff and volunteers will be hosting a coastal hike and picnic at Poff Ranch Preserve with various activities for all ages. You are welcome to join us for the hikes or just come for the community picnic!

Get Outside!

November 4th, 9am-12pm

Birding Ramble & Roll at the Petaluma Marsh - an All Access Outing

Pwa
Grab your binoculars and join LandPaths and the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance in partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District for an all-access outing at Shollenberger and the Petaluma Marsh, geared towards all folks on foot and in wheels (balance bikes, strollers, walkers and wheelchairs). This outing is geared towards folks interested in taking a leisurely pace with many stops to enjoy the wildlife as we roll/walk around the wetlands. Docents from the Petaluma Wetlands Alliance (PWA) will guide us in finding and identifying the various birds that congregate to this “birding hotspot.” Binoculars will be available to borrow. We’ll tell the stories of the Petaluma Marsh throughout the past decades, as we see firsthand the importance of this biologically diverse ecosystem. This is a family friendly and ADA accessible outing. Click here to register!