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The Nature Preserve will be CLOSED on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 24, 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving.

Healthy Parks Healthy People

Parks: Gateway to Health

Foot bridge in Cache Creek Nature Preserve
Foot bridge at Cache Creek Nature Preserve

Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement with a holistic approach to promoting parks as a gateway to health. The Cache Creek Conservancy along with its partners are teaming together to bring this movement to Yolo County!

The Yolo Healthy Parks Healthy People project was originally funded by a grant from Dignity Health Foundation. The Hiking Photo Challenge grant was funded by the Teichert Foundation.

A walk at the any of the parks or open spaces listed below exposes visitors to increased biodiversity and natural sights and sounds. These factors can lead to psychological and physical benefits such as increase physical activity, lower blood glucose, vitamin D absorption, relaxation, and sense of awe and vitality which all support immune function. A healthy, functioning immune system results in health outcomes such as decrease in anxiety, depression, diabetes, migraines, and respiratory disease.

Did you know?

People walking a trail at Cache Creek Nature Preserve
Group walking the trails at the Nature Preserve

Did you know that nature provides many emotional and physical benefits for humans? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for tips on how nature can help you live a healthier life!

  • Natural aromas from wood and plants have calming effects.
  • Listening to birdsong and observing animals in nature promote well-being, improve mood and reduce stress.
  • Walking through nature improves memory and cognitive function.
  • Interacting with a green space increases social interactions which can prevent diseases like dementia.
  • A 20 minute nature walk can reduce the need for ADHD and ADD medication in children!
  • Frequent exposure to nature reduces anxiety and depression, while promoting a sense of well-being and fulfillment.
  • And more…

How to Spend Time in Nature at the Preserve

Yoga at the Nature Preserve

People practicing yoga at the Preserve

Come enjoy the connection to nature, connection to yourself, and open space to breathe and be.

Yoga offerings are an outdoor, hour-long class on Sunday mornings. In this Hatha flow style class, we connect with our breath, body, and mind.

Sessions will resume when the weather permits.

Volunteering

Volunteer teaching children about bird nests

Planting days, trail maintenance, guided tours, environmental education, and more.

Following health guidelines for physically and socially distanced events for individuals or small groups, our volunteers are involved, outside, and taking in the health benefits of nature!

Volunteer Opportunities

Parks Near You

Map and list of parks in the Cache Creek region

Check out the participating parks and green spaces by visiting Park RX America.

View parks in our area by typing in a city name and distance range. Expand the range to see more parks such as Capay Open Space Park in Esparto!

Ask your doctor for a nature script at your next appointment!

Visit Park RX America for all participating parks and natural areas.

Spending time in nature is good for your health, especially your immune system!

Flow chart showing the measurable benefits that spending time in nature provides
Flow chart of the surprising benefits of spending time in nature
Health professionals iconic illustration

Education for Health Care Professionals

Outreach campaign to medical and health care professionals about the physical and mental health benefits of being in nature.

Hand holding people iconic illustration

Dementia Family Visits

A series of monthly visits to the Cache Creek Nature Preserve for those living with Dementia (patients, families, caregivers)

Three open hands iconic illustration

Community Outreach and Education

Social and traditional media outreach about importance of nature to health. More events and opportunities to get outside below!

Partners of Yolo Healthy Parks Healthy People

Putah Creek Council Sponsor
Yolo Healthy Aging Alliance Sponsor
Dignity Health Sponsor
Communicare Health Centers Sponsor
UC Davis Arboretum Sponsor
Hedgerow Farms, Winters CA, Sponsor
Yolo County Parks Sponsor
Yolo Basin Foundation Sponsor

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Icons created by Arafat Uddin, Ranah Pixel Studio and Stephen Borengasser courtesy of The Noun Project.

Graphic credit: Ming Kuo. How might contact with nature promote human health? Promising mechanisms and a possible central pathway. Frontiers in Psychology, 2015; 6 DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01093