Adventures in Rainwater Harvesting

Adventures in Rainwater Harvesting

Even in the midst of a strong El Niño winter, experts say that it is unlikely to erase California’s four-year drought. Driven by an acute awareness of climate change, and the possibility that multi-year droughts will become the "new norm," LandPaths is working towards an innovative and large-scale water harvesting project at Rancho Mark West.  Click to learn more.

Dogbane Preserve

A Cultural Treasure

Join LandPaths and ethnobotony expert Autumn Summers in partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District as we steward this culturally and historically rich parcel of open space, while learning the ancient skill of weaving string out of Dogbane.  Click here to learn more.


Creating cordage, or string, out of fibers such as Dogbane is the backbone of California native technologies. For centuries, Native Americans have come to this particular spot from all over the state, and beyond, to harvest the plant for use in making cordage, nets, bags, baskets, snares, sandals, fish lines, boats and belts. This Santa Rosa site was known by tribes as far away as Oregon to have superior Dogbane that possessed exceptionally long fibers and cordage of an unusual reddish brown color.  Click here to read more.


Stewardship Workday

Multiple Upcoming Workdays

Stewardship Workday at Riddell Preserve

Give nature a hand! Come and join us at the stunning, 400-acre Riddell Preserve for a day of stewardship, community-building, a bit of exercise and some fun! Tasks are dependent upon rain, need, and season.  Tasks during this workday could include cabin and infrastructure maintenance, invasive species removal, trail clearing, or native planting.  We will let signed up volunteers know of the specific task ASAP.  The Riddell Preserve is a rugged natural area with very few trails.  Volunteers should come prepared for off-trail hiking with some steep sections and unsure footing.     Click here for more info and to register.

Vamos Afuera!

Sabado, 20 de Febrero, 10am-2pm

¡Vamos a Calabazas Creek en el Valle de La Luna!

Venga a explorar otra de las joyas de nuestro condado. La preserva ofrece una vista panorámica del Valle de la Luna, además de presenciar varios arroyos y una cascada que atraviesa la propiedad. La propiedad de 1290 acres contiene prestigiosas áreas de bosques secuoya, roble y encino.  La propiedad se a mantenido sin disturbios mayoresy eventualmente será  agregado al parque estatal Sugarloaf Ridge. Venga a explorar algo nuevo!  Haz clik aqui para mas informacion.