LandPaths

Santa Rosa, CA   |  www.LandPaths.Org

Mission

LandPaths' mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Director

Mr. Craig Anderson

Programs Director

Lee Hackeling

Main address

618 4th Street, Suite 217

Santa Rosa, CA 95404 USA

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EIN

68-0328590

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Rooting Youth in Nature

The Rooting Youth in Nature initiative includes multiple programs that root hundreds of children and teens in nature through multi-day, high-quality programs. Programs include: 1) In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY) which provides school groups of elementary students with four days throughout the school-year of standards-based, hands-on, experiential nature and science education, including stewardship projects, 2) Summer camps for children and teens, from nature-based, weeklong day camps to teen backpacking and river treks, and 3) A wide variety of opportunities tailored for groups such as LGBTQ+ teens.

We offer activities for all Sonoma County residents, focusing resources on successfully engaging communities that face barriers to accessing the outdoors such as schools in low-income neighborhoods, underrepresented communities, and English language learners. Within our youth programs, nearly 80% of the participating classes come from Title 1 schools where the majority of students receive Free and Reduced Lunch; thirty percent of summer campers receive scholarships and transportation support; and our Inspired Forward program intentionally engages teens from some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the County.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
LGBTQ people
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Immigrants and migrants

Within the Branching Out Conservation for Everyone initiative, LandPaths provides 200+ free and low-cost outdoor Outings annually on open spaces and LandPaths preserves across Sonoma County, with themes from growing food at Bayer Farm, our farm-based Santa Rosa park, to reading outdoors, to star gazing parties at a remote historic ranch. Approximately one-third of these activities are part of our Spanish language Vamos Afuera program engaging primarily monolingual Spanish-speaking adults and their families.

Population(s) Served

Growing Community with Nature engages more than 500 residents annually in nature through community celebrations, group treks, and land stewardship. Through our "people powered parks" model, hundreds of residents across our county volunteer during stewardship work days to care and steward the over 2,500 acres in LandPaths' care at our own preserves and public open spaces with whom we partner. Lands are tended for fire and climate resiliency, ecological health, and volunteer projects also include trail building and maintenance.

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Acres of land managed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Growing Community with Nature Community Stewardship Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of students educated through field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Preteens

Related Program

Rooting Youth in Nature

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

LandPaths’ mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County. LandPaths provides exceptional outdoor experiences that connect people of all backgrounds to nature, and foster a mutually beneficial relationship between people and the land. We create ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in healing the land.

LandPaths’ three initiatives, Rooting Youth in Nature, Branching Out Conservation for Everyone, and Growing Community with Nature, collectively advance two core goals: to engage more residents with the outdoors in fun, educational ways, and to forge life-long connections to and care for nature and community.

LandPaths’ three initiatives, Rooting Youth in Nature, Branching Out Conservation for Everyone, and Growing Community with Nature, collectively advance two core goals: to engage more residents with the outdoors in fun, educational ways, and to forge life-long connections to and care for nature and community. Our work is intersectional - improving education, health, and sustainability outcomes for all, and making an especially notable impact for those historically excluded from the outdoors by creating opportunities for the practice of community agriculture and the traditional use of healthful plants that has been so long unrecognized in Euro-centric environmental stewardship and conservation movements.

Rooting Youth in Nature provides Sonoma County youth annually with in-school, after-school, and summer programs, including:
• In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY): This school-based program, offered free for elementary schools, the majority of which serve low-income communities. Students participate in four field days and receive two classroom visits, which together develop love of and sense of responsibility for the land while connecting classroom lessons to hands-on learning by meeting Next Generation Science Standards.
• Inspired Forward: Designed to develop comfort, confidence, and interest in nature for youth from underserved communities in Santa Rosa, Inspired Forward includes day and overnight camping trips that build trust, confidence, and healing while engaging youth in hands-on science learning and discovery.
• Summer Camps: Our immersive, playful nature camps get kids outside during the crucial vacation months to connect with nature and community. Campers build skills, confidence, and a sense of stewardship. LandPaths provides scholarship and transportation assistance to 50% of campers.

Branching Out Conservation for Everyone provides 200+ free and low-cost activities annually with activities that build bridges between community-identified needs and concerns- from health to early childhood literacy - and nature.
• Outings & Vamos Afuera: Our monthly Outings bring people of all ages into nature and community throughout the County. Approximately one third of Outings are part of the Spanish language Vamos Afuera program. Participants hike, explore, and engage in experiential learning with local leaders on topics from hongos/mushrooms to observacion de aves/birdwatching, to etnobotánica.
• Community Gardens: Designed as a community hubs, the six-acre Bayer Farm and Andy’s Unity Park engage residents of two of Santa Rosa's most underserved and underrepresented neighborhoods, engaging families from the surrounding neighborhoods, primarily Latinx and Indigenous communities, to grow food, care for the farm and park, and gather together.

Growing Community with Nature engages more than 500 residents annually through "people-powered" land stewardship which builds common purpose and collective joy.

LandPaths’ strengths and capabilities to meet our goals are rooted in a diverse, experienced, and courageous staff and board team, the participation of thousands of volunteers, youth, families, and community partners across the county, and a bold leadership style. Craig Anderson, Executive Director, has 30+ years of outdoor education and leadership experience. He is on the Advisory Council of Bay Area TOGETHER, and a national speaker for Land Trust Alliance. Craig received Bay Nature's Local Hero-Conservation Action award. He has a MS in Range Ecology and BS in Environmental Science. Lee Hackling, Programs Director, works on project development and strategic planning. Her 30+ years at the intersection of social and environmental change include 20 years at LandPaths, launching a Community Conservation Initiative with the Appalachian Mountain Club and the National Park Service in the Bronx, New York City, and prior roles with NYC's Department of Environmental Protection in watershed planning, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California and the Army Corps of Engineers. Lee holds an MLA, a BS in Conservation Biology. LandPaths' program managers and field staff are multi-cultural, racially diverse, many are bilingual, and reflective of the diversity of Sonoma County residents we serve. LandPaths staff have training in positive youth development, trauma-informed care, equity and inclusion, and teaching in the outdoors with urban youth and those communities that have been historically excluded from nature.

andPaths was founded in 1996 to connect the people who live, work, and play in Sonoma County to nature in expansive, creative, educational, and inspiring ways. We’ve grown and evolved. We’ve stayed true to this vision. And we’ve been unwavering in the core beliefs in equitable access to nature and that stewarding the land together builds a stronger, healthier community. Over a quarter of a century later, LandPaths is a leader and a trailblazer, in Sonoma County and beyond. LandPaths has reached over 12,000 elementary-age students since our founding with hands-on, immersive, nature-based environmental education; provided nearly 2,000 public outings, a third of which are now provided in Spanish or bilingually; immersed 1,600 teens in nature with pro-social youth development camps and treks; and protected and stewards over 6,000 acres of publicly accessible open spaces.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    LandPaths engages youth, families, and adults from all across Sonoma County, annually serving over 6,000 participants. We offer activities for all Sonoma County residents, focusing resources on successfully engaging communities that face barriers to accessing the outdoors such as schools in low-income neighborhoods, underrepresented communities, and English language learners. Within our youth programs, nearly 80% of the participating classes come from Title 1 schools where the majority of students receive Free and Reduced Lunch; thirty percent of summer campers receive scholarships and transportation support; and our Inspired Forward program intentionally engages teens from some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods in the County.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the Covid-19 pandemic, we surveyed and called participants, volunteers, teachers, and communities to understand who wanted to be outside, safely and within all regulations, who needed access to online programming to stay connected to our work and community, and who faced barriers to either or both of those options and how we could help. As a result, our iRead Outside/yoLeo Afuera program did not simply move online, but moved to a Facebook platform far more familiar and accessible to the primarily Latinx families the program engages than Zoom or other options.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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LandPaths

Board of directors
as of 04/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Beth Wyatt

Morgan Stanley


Board co-chair

Dr. Brenda Flyswithhawks

Santa Rosa Junior College

Term: 2021 -

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/10/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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