ParkRx for Health
ParkRx for health aims to help improve the health and well-being of Sonoma County residents through regular exercise in Sonoma County parks and on Sonoma County trails. By “nature” a collaborative program between health care and park professionals, patients are “prescribed” monthly activities at local parks which introduce participants to safe, low impact walking or outdoor physical activities in nature. Our goal is to promote healthier lifestyles that result from engagement with nature.
ParkRx for health strives to:
• Prescribe healthy outdoor exercise though partnerships with public health care providers.
• Increase access and utilization of parks by people who are historically underrepresented.
• Actively promote connections with nature through programs which encourage physical activity, stress reduction and social connection for overall wellness.
Please visit the self-guided hikes or the events pages to see what park prescription programs are offered by each partner.
Jack London State Historic Park was established in 1960 to memorialize one of the most prolific and enduringly popular authors and icons of American literature. The park’s 1,400 acres are divided into 3 historic zones: Jack London’s Beauty Ranch where he pioneered his agrarian vision for sustainable land management; the park’s back country which includes the London Lake, bath house and 30 miles of trails through pristine California wilderness; and the original park where the Wolf House ruins, London’s grave site and the park’s museum and main visitor center, House of Happy Walls, are located. Jack London State Historic Park was designated a California Historic Landmark in 1960 and a National State Historic Landmark in 1963. Open 7 days a week from 9:30 am to 5pm.
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) partners with State Parks in the Russian River area, providing support for Armstrong Redwoods SNR, Austin Creek SRA and Sonoma Coast State Park. Stewards’ mission is to promote, restore and protect your State Parks. We achieve our mission through natural and cultural education and stewardship volunteer programs for all ages. Stewards also manages two visitor centers and nature stores. Stewards currently operates Austin Creek SRA and is negotiating a co-management agreement with State Parks for both Armstrong Redwoods and Austin Creek in 2017. Operations includes managing campgrounds, maintenance and housekeeping, resource management projects, visitor services and restoration of Pond Farm Pottery, a site on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Regional Parks‘ system includes more than 50 parks, trails and beaches from Petaluma to Gualala and Sonoma to Bodega Bay. Many offer wild landscapes while others feature sports fields, playgrounds, campgrounds, and boat launches. Regional Parks also manages the county’s largest ocean marina and the county’s largest extracurricular environmental education center.
Regional Parks’ mission is to create healthy communities and contribute to the economic vitality of Sonoma County by acquiring, developing, managing and maintaining parks and trails county-wide. Regional Parks preserves irreplaceable natural and cultural resources, and offers opportunities for recreation and education to enhance the quality of life and well-being of residents and visitors to Sonoma County.
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is located on the forested slopes of the Mayacama Mountains. The park’s 4,020 acres include 30 miles of trails, the headwaters of Sonoma Creek, a seasonal 25-foot waterfall, campground and observatory. The park spans redwood forests, oak/fir woodlands and chaparral within the dramatic change in elevation from 600 ft. to 2,729 ft. Stunning views of Napa, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais and the Sierras from Bald Mt. peak.
A hike on 3 mile Sonoma Overlook Trail offers an opportunity to experience nature and enjoy views of the incredible Sonoma Valley and beyond, comparable to those views seen by the original inhabitants and early settlers. The trail was conceived of and built largely by volunteers, and continues to be maintained by a group of volunteer Overlook Stewards, who raise funds for the upkeep and provide educational materials and docented walks for schools. Address: 90 First Street West, Sonoma, just 2 blocks north of the Sonoma Plaza.
Trione-Annadel State Park is a 5,500 acre park in Santa Rosa, offering about 45 miles of multi-use trails. Volunteers provide visitor center staffing, park maintenance projects, trail patrol and lead hikes. Hike Leaders have a variety of expertise, some are certified CA Naturalists. Hikes are long, short, themed, or just for a hike. Dogs are not allowed on trails.
California Department of Parks and Recreation manages 280 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. These treasures are as diverse as California: From the last stands of primeval redwood forests to vast expanses of fragile desert; from the lofty Sierra Nevada to the broad sandy beaches of our southern coast; and from the opulence of Hearst Castle to the vestiges of colonial Russia.