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...


Explore Your Place!

October 14th, 10am-3pm

Autumn Birding at Poff Ranch

 Poff Snip

Join us for a fall birding hike at the spectacular Wright Hill (aka Poff Ranch) just south of Red Hill on the Sonoma Coast. This 1,235-acre ranch is owned and protected by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District. The property features breathtaking coastal views from Wright Hill (1,190 feet), extensive wildlife habitat and a colorful history. This property is slated to open as a public park and will include possible future trail connections to the Coastal Trail and it will remain as part of Sonoma County’s coastal “agriculture belt” – with continued grazing.  Click here for more info and to register.

Get Outside!

November 4th, 9am-12pm

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

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!