Kids' Nature Education (IOOBY)


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


Various Sonoma County Open SpacesSonoma County, CA 95404
Help inspire kids with nature!


LandPaths' education program In Our Own BackYard (IOOBY) works in partnership with the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District to develop a connection between Sonoma County students and a preserved open space property.

The IOOBY program includes four theme-based visits to the property throughout the year, each one focusing on one of the following natural history topics: Discovery and Exploration, Watersheds, Habitat, and Stewardship. Classroom visits prior to each outing help establish good trail and safety practices, as well as orientation to tool use and stewardship techniques.

Many of the IOOBY themes and activities correlate to the California State Science Standards, with all age-appropriate activities striking a balance between hands-on learning and time for reflection. Many teachers report that IOOBY is their only science for the year! In addition to academics, IOOBY exposes students to nature, fueling their curiosity and imagination.

LandPaths seeks to cultivate a level of comfort in, connection to, and informed appreciation of the outdoors within IOOBY participants. Students develop a relationship with the outdoors that they will remember and carry with them for years. Ideally, this connection will be a foundation for them to draw upon in the future, to seek out outdoor experiences for many reasons.

By volunteering with IOOBY, you can help kids understand and interpret nature while hiking Sonoma County trails. Teach students about the importance of recycling, composting, and sorting our waste. Explore your local watershed and the plants and animals that live in it. Work to restore native landscapes through hands- on stewardship projects with kids, and more!


  • Mentoring
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Botany
  • Environmental Education
  • Gardening

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Orientation or Training
  • 24 hours (over four 6-hour sessions)
  • Required to participate in a fingerprinting program.

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