Nature can help us heal physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. There are a lot of positives with more people going out to connect with nature, but it has to be done responsibly and respectfully. Reminders before navigating outdoor spaces:
Before you go:
- Visit the park’s website and adhere to the latest closures.
- Choose less frequented parks and trails. Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail.
- Look for nearby nature to enjoy. Find the hidden nature in your own neighborhood.
- Many restrooms and facilities are closed; plan ahead before leaving home.
- Bring water. Public drinking fountains may be disabled and should not be used, even if operable.
- If sick, stay home.
While on the trail:
- Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people.
- Share the trail. Warn other trail users of your presence as you pass.
- Leave no trace. Pack in/pack out your trash to protect park staff and because garbage collection is limited.
- Take only photos.
- Travel on durable surfaces to avoid damage to the land, waterways and vegetation.
- Respect wildlife.
- Don’t stay long – give others the opportunity to have a safe experience.
- Clean up after your pet. Follow park regulations and signage regarding animal companions. Mount Diablo State Park does not allow dogs. Some East Bay Regional Park trails allow leashed dogs.
- Do not hold social gatherings at parks or anywhere.