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: Rockin' Geology Sept 7th
We'll join SRJC Geologist Rebecca Perlroth for an exploration of the geologic wonders at the Bohemia Ecological Preserve!
Saddle Mountain Creek Stewardship, Día de Trabajo en el Arroyo de la Montaña Saddle, Sept 27th
Give nature a hand! Come and join us at the stunning, 960-acre Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve for a day of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun! We’ll be removing invasive blackberry and making space for new willow trees! We'll walk a short distance down into the creek & begin clearing blackberry. Following our stewardship we’ll share a potluck lunch! There is some unsure footing. Families are welcome.
¡Dale una mano a la naturaleza! ¡Ven y únetenos a explorar la majestuosa Reserva Ecológica de Espacio Abierto de la Montaña Saddle en el día custodial, fortalecimiento comunitario, un poco de ejercicio y algo de diversión! Estaremos removiendo zarzamora invasiva y creando espacio para más sauces. Nos adentraremos hacia el arroyo y comenzaremos limpiar la zarzamora invasiva. Hay zonas desniveladas así que por favor use zapatos adecuados y tenga mucha precaución. Como parte del día custodial compartiremos el almuerzo.