Yolo Healthy Parks Healthy People


Healthy Parks Healthy People


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! 

We are working with local health care professionals to prescribe time in  nature as a health remedy and creating opportunities for our community members to engage with nature. Through Healthy Parks Healthy People we also provide special experiences for adults and families affected by dementia.

The Yolo Healthy Parks Healthy People project is funded by a grant from Dignity Health Foundation. The project has a two approaches to communicating the health benefits of being outdoors. Read more...


Did you know?

Did you know that nature provides many emotional and physical benefits for humans? Follow us on our Facebook and Instagram for the next month to learn specific ways interacting with plants and animals 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!


Education for Health Care Professionals

Education for Health Care Professionals

Education for Health Care Professionals

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


Dementia Family Visits

Education for Health Care Professionals

Education for Health Care Professionals

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


Community Outreach and Education

Education for Health Care Professionals

Community Outreach and Education

Social and traditional media outreach about importance of nature to health, as well as holding planting days and other events to provide the public with opportunities to get outside!

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


  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.  

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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