LandPaths' Happenings Blog


LandPaths' iREAD OUTSIDE Nature Book Drive

March 22nd- April 23rd


Help give back to Sonoma County Kids by donating your favorite nature-themed children’s books to LandPaths’ Nature Book Drive. All donated books will be given to children and families in need through LandPaths’ early childhood literacy program—iREAD OUTSIDE.

  • Please bring nature-themed books to the LandPaths’ office by April 23rd—first business day after Earth Day! 
  • Office address:  618 4th St. Suite #217, Santa Rosa - up a flight of stairs - Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
  • Please see reverse for a list of titles that will be included in our Summer iREAD OUTSIDE curriculum
  • These particular titles are greatly appreciated, however…


2018 LandPaths’ iRead Outside Book Titles

We will use these books in our summer curriculum, and can use many copies of each!


Gracias / Thanks

Written by Pat Mora

Illustrated by John Parra


From Seed to Plant

Written by:  Gail Gibbons

Illustrated by:  Linda Glaser


Compost Stew:  An A-Z Recipe for the Earth

Written by Mary McKenna Siddals

Illustrated by Ashley Wolff


The Curious Garden

Written by Peter Brown


Why Should I Recycle?

Written by Jen Green

Illustrated by Mike Gordon


Las Tres Pequeñas Lechuzas

Written by Martin Waddell


Owl Babies

Written by Martin Waddell



Written by Ginger Foglesong Guy

Illustrated by Rene King Moreno


If You Plant A Seed

Written by Kadir Nelson


¿Por qué Debo Proteger la naturaleza?

Written by Jen Green, Mike Gordon


¿Por qué Debo Ahorrar Agua?

Written by Jen Green, Mike Gordon


¿Por qué Debo Ahorrar Energía?

Written by Jen Green, Mike Gordon

Posted at 12:18

LandPaths is Hiring!

Owl Camp John Burgess - Resized

LandPaths is seeking self-motivated, energetic, and creative individuals to help with the facilitation of our summer outdoor youth programs.  Please click below for a PDF of each job description.  Thanks for spreading the word!

Bilingual Camps Specialist

Camps Specialist 

Owl Camp Specialist


Posted at 10:03

LandPaths and Neighbors Break Ground at Andy's Unity Park Community Garden

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One of LandPaths' very first events of 2018 was a workday to break ground on the Andy's Unity Park Community Garden, which is located within the forthcoming Andy's Unity Park - a new Regional Park in the Moorland neighborhood of Santa Rosa.  

"Andy’s Unity Park grew from a community’s commitment, perseverance and belief in the healing power of a park. The plan for the park remembers the life of Andy Lopez, who was tragically killed at the site and also celebrates community unity and youth empowerment while providing a much needed neighborhood park with a variety of features for neighborhood residents and families to gather and play." - County of Sonoma Website

The neighbors in Moorland advocated for a community garden to be built as part of Andy's Unity Park and LandPaths was asked by the community to oversee the garden portion of the park, after being inspired by our efforts at Bayer Farm. 

Last Saturday, January 6th, in collaboration with neighbors, members of the Moorland Neighnorhood Action Team and Sonoma County Regional Parks, LandPaths held the first workday at Andy's Unity Park Community Garden. Neighbors broke ground, spread compost, planted seedlings, and shared food together.  5th district Supervisor Lynda Hopkins and her family joined in with shovels and wheelbarrows.

The park is still under construction and this event did not mark the opening of the park, which is scheduled for April 7th, 2018 and to which everyone is invited! Until then LandPaths plans to host organized workdays in the garden portion of the park, which we will advertise on our website. For more information, contact Jonathan Bravo at [email protected] 

Posted at 11:20

LandPaths' Vamos Afuera Goes to Yosemite!

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Haga un Click aquí para ver más fotografías de este viaje. 

Click here to see more photos from this year's trip.

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¡A través del programa de Vamos Afuera con LandPaths, un grupo de 30 Latino/as del Condado de Sonoma compuesto de familias enteras y 15 jóvenes aventuraron al Parque Nacional de Yosemite! En esta excursión guiada completamente en español el grupo pasó cuatro días y tres noches deleitándose en las maravillas de este estimado parque nacional. Para la mayoría del grupo, este viaje a Yosemite fue el primero e incluso fue su primera experiencia en un campamento nocturno. Aunque la organización de LandPaths puso de su parte el plan logístico y recursos financieros para hacer este viaje posible, fueron los participantes del programa de Vamos Afuera quienes tomaron la iniciativa para hacer este viaje realidad por el segundo año consecutivo.

A través de acción de conservación dirigida por la comunidad, LandPaths no sólo puede promover la justicia ambiental sino también fomentar el amor a la tierra aquí en el Condado de Sonoma y más allá a través de diversos programas como Vamos Afuera. Gracias a todos los participantes y patrocinadores que hicieron este viaje posible. 


For the second year in a row, the LandPaths’ Vamos Afuera program ventured out of Sonoma County with a group of multi-generational Latino/a Sonoma County residents to Yosemite National Park!  The group this year was comprised of whole families, including 30 adults and 15 kids. In this four day excursion, led completely in Spanish, the Vamos Afuera group spent four days drinking in the wonders of this treasured National Park. For most it was their first visit to Yosemite and their first camping experience ever! Although LandPaths provided some of the logistical and financial resources to make this trip possible, it was the participant-based initiation that set this trip in motion and made it a reality.

Through community-led conservation action, LandPaths is able to not only promote environmental justice but also foster a love of the land here in Sonoma County and beyond through diverse programs such as Vamos Afuera. Thank you to all the participants and the sponsors who made this trip possible.  


Un fuerte agradecimiento para Straus Family Creamery, Cali Kicks Martial Arts Academy y Bay Area Wilderness Training por apoyarnos en este viaje. 


Warm thanks to Straus Family Creamery,  Cali Kicks Martial Arts Academy and Bay Area Wilderness Training for generously supporting this trip.

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Cali Kicks



Posted at 10:02

So What Says LandPaths to Hate?


On Friday evening, August 11, I had the joy and honor of attending a dinner at LandPaths’ Bayer Farm & Community Garden in the Roseland District of Santa Rosa.  It was a celebration – ten years to the week when we first planted a handful of radishes, marigolds and broccoli starts – replete with a pop-up farm stand, salsas and sauces from across the Americas and Asia, stewed goat and salads, ‘agua fresca’ and fresh corn tortillas off the grill.  It was also ten years to the week when LandPaths’ desire to be a more diverse, inclusive, and culturally open organization turned to action, our thought became a willful and sustained commitment.  This dinner – truly reflective of the breadth of cultures and ethnicities comprising Sonoma County - was attended by well over 150 people.  We gathered in love of community through shared food and place. 

As we have all since learned, on this very same evening a torch-filled march exposing a slice of the hate and divisiveness that still exists in America took place in Charlottesville, Virginia.  The following day brought tragedy and injury to many others at the hands of hatred. The juxtaposition of the ‘great love and joy of place and community’ that took place at Bayer Farm with the harrowing and heartbreaking events in Charlottesville was as disturbing as it was revealing.  We have something to do, and personally, as a community leader, I am impelled to respond as the director of a Community Conservation organization to these events. HOW? 

It is, simply, to act from the values that underpin our work, and that we express and support in our community each and every day – healing land, knitting communities together, and nurturing a sense of belonging through shared experience, meaningful work and a common purpose.  We must continue – through such vehicles as the Bayer Farm, our field-based programs for kids and adults, through access to our nature preserves as “community hubs” to support the evolution of a fair and just community around land, acting with humility and yet boldly to heal both the land and each other, creating a healthy and whole community.  

There is a real, and, underscore, vital need  to continue to build tangible and visible ‘antipodes to the hate and intolerance’ that shook Charlottesville and the world.   In response to this hate and fear, over the next months, LandPaths will reach out to existing and new partners, to seek out opportunities to put thought into action, that our work may help bend the “arc of history toward justice.”  We ask that you consider joining us – on a monthly basis – to dine outdoors, to break bread together and celebrate the bounty of natural and agricultural beauty that is our region. Click below for events now scheduled.

Craig Anderson
Executive Director of LandPaths

Click here to join the LandPaths' Community Potluck on September 9th at Rancho Mark West.

Posted at 14:04
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