Ocean Song

Our 421-acre preserve in western Sonoma County teems with native coastal grasslands, canyons, pristine ponds and streams, mixed oak woodlands, redwoods, and acres of garden and farmland. A breath-taking abundance of plant and animal life call this place home. 

Hike ridgetop grasslands to find sweeping views from Mt. Tamalpais to Point Reyes. Explore babbling, soothing Finley Creek which connects with the Salmon Creek watershed. Find respite in the organic garden with its herbs, flowers, and buzzing bees. Listen to the diverse songs and calls of local birds. Feel the ocean breeze across your face as you immerse in nature on this protected forever land.

How to get involved

You are warmly invited to join LandPaths at Ocean Song: Register for a public outing on the land.

Volunteer to do stewardship in the organic garden or in the more wild areas of the property.

Donate to our Ocean Song campaign

Volunteer in the Landpaths office to help with Ocean Song administrative needs. 

History

The property that became Ocean Song was originally purchased by Pieter and Marya Myers in 1975, the result of a friendship with Bill Wheeler, the owner of the infamous Wheeler Ranch on the neighboring parcel. 

The Myers, along with a large group of friends and helpers, built homes and structures and started an organic farm, which led to a thriving community-supported farm program. In 1986, a “Forever Wild” conservation easement was granted on 240 acres of the property, protecting it permanently from development. 

Eventually, the Myers sold the 361-acre parcel for the purpose of establishing an educational center, so that children and adults could benefit from “their connection to this special place,” according to Pieter Myers.

Ocean Song Farm and Wilderness Center was founded in 1988 as an environmental retreat and wilderness preserve. For many years, the nonprofit organization successfully operated a farm and summer day camp, while providing a place for retreats and seminars. The property has changed hands a couple of times over the last 30 years. 

In 1999, it was purchased by Andrew Beath, the president of EarthWays Foundation. In 2019, LandPaths purchased the property from Beath, with the generous donations from two anonymous families. We will continue the legacy of Ocean Song as a place of remarkable environmental and agricultural heritage and education. A place to be changed for the better by the land. 

Support our Ocean Song Fundraising Campaign

Thanks to anonymous donations from two families, LandPaths was able to make the initial purchase of the 421-acre Ocean Song property.

We are currently fundraising for Ocean Song and the purchase of the adjoining property.

The land is part of the Sonoma to Marin “critical linkage,” allowing wildlife to move without restraint between undeveloped areas. It’s historically been a critical
link for people too, as home of the beloved Coyote Camp and other human-scale endeavors aligned with nature.

Your donation will support LandPaths’ vision to create an uninterrupted, publicly accessible link from Ocean Song all the way to the Sonoma Coast for hiking, trekking and nature experiences for all.

Questions? 

Emmett Hopkins
Community Care Specialist
707. 544.7284 x 114
emmett@landpaths.org

District 5 Supervisor Lynda Hopkins says ...

" The preservation of Ocean Song by our partners at LandPaths is the culmination of years long efforts to bring this special property, with its expansive coastal views available for public access and continuation of the decades of environmental education opportunities provided by this place. Efforts continue to acquire to adjoining parcel, which will complete their mission to connect the coast at Shell Beach to the hilltops on Coleman Valley Road. Our community will benefit from the efforts of LandPaths and private owners to protect and preserve this gem in perpetuity." "

" This land acquisition is a big win for the public. I can’t imagine another place in my congressional district where Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands, wild coastal forest, and high coastal grasslands are captured in one view. This property conveys the tremendous natural beauty and resources along the north coast, and is arguably some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Thanks to the vision, energy and commitment of LandPaths, children now and in future generations will be able to walk from the Kortum Trail above the Sonoma Coast Beach eight miles by trail to Ocean Song. We are very lucky indeed. "

U.S. Congressman Jared Huffman, Second District

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