In Our Own Backyard - Nature Immersion for Youth...and Parents
Fanny Falcon and her son's class "adopted" Jacob's Ranch (the Sonoma Mountain North Slope, soon to become an open Regional Park) for the entire school year. Over the course of four themed visits, the group discovered Pacific Giant Salamanders living in the headwaters of Matanzas Creek, planted native understory in the redwood grove, and trekked up to the open grasslands and the "Umbrella Tree" where expansive views knock the socks off even the most avid Sonoma County hiker. "You could fly off this mountain!" said one student, when seeing the view for the first time. Another was nearly speechless and simply said: "Whooa." Click here to read more.
A Year in the Field With Inspired Forward
Students from Marce Becerra Academy in Healdsburg experienced many "firsts" on their final outing with the LandPaths' Inspired Forward Program at Rancho Mark West: sitting alone in silent reflection in the forest, catching fish, as well as eating grilled vegetables on top of their hamburgers!
Throughout the year, these high school students spent four days with LandPaths at various open spaces around Sonoma County - working to improve a landscape by pulling French Broom at Riddell Preserve, learning survival skills with Weaving Earth at Healdsburg Ridge, cooking slow meals together in the field and breaking a sweat while hiking the trails at Rancho Mark West (one trail newly built this year by Hermanitas-MANA - another group of Inspired Forward students). When asked on this final field day, how they'd want to help steward the land moving forward, the answer from Marce Becerra was clear: They wanted to build a trail, too! Click here to read more.
Bohemia Ecological Preserve Workshop Series: iNaturalist, August 3rd
Interested in becoming a citizen scientist? Looking for a way to improve your skills as a naturalist? Wondering what on earth that plant is that you saw on the trail last week? Join LandPaths Docent David Berman for a workshop on using iNaturalist in the field and at home and become a part of a world-wide community recording their observations while in nature!
Tending the Wild: Stewardship & Herb Walk at Carrington Ranch, Aug 9th
Join LandPaths and the Sonoma County Ag Preservation & Open Space District for a day tending the land! We’ll remove invasive species, improve the trails, & learn about the edible and medicinal plants on the property as we go.