“When you live in the city, sometimes everything seems hard, even the steps you take as you walk down the sidewalk. The concrete is hard. When you look around and you can actually see that there is nature in the city, it takes that hardness out.”- YES participant
Partnering with East Bay Regional Park District, YES launched the Day Outings Program in 2010 as a way to familiarize YES families with nearby parks and natural spaces they can access independently and affordably. YES C2C youth and Wellness Navigators adult leaders support Day Outings. Destinations include Point Pinole, Tilden Park, Miller Knox Regional Shoreline, Tidewater, Angel Island, Alameda Beach, and Contra Loma Regional Park.
YES’s largest Day Outing is our annual Walk to Nature, which was held this year on August 27th at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline in Pt. Richmond. It was planned and led by the Wellness Navigators and supported by C2C youth. The purpose of the walk is to promote physical activity and good health while connecting with one’s community in nature.
The walk began on the Richmond Greenway at 6th and Ohio. After registering, participants traveled together along the Greenway and city streets to the shoreline which only rests two miles away. Upon arriving to the park, they were greeted by games, physical activity and delicious, free food! Following the event, buses took participants back to the starting point.
Many thanks to our 2016 Partners: East Bay Regional Park District, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Arizmendi Bakery, Catahoula Coffee Company, Richmond Police Department, City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services, WCCUSD, LifeLong Medical Care, Weigh of Life, Bike East Bay, Richmond Main Street Initiative, Urban Tilth, Tandem East Bay, West County Reads,Eat Breathe Thrive, 24 Hour Fitness, Leftside Printing, El Chino Tacos, Road Runner Sports, Republic Services,Storage-Pro, Clif Bar, Costco, Target, Trader Joe's