Spending time outdoors keeps us healthier. Do you remember playing outside until mom called you in for dinner? Most kids today won’t. Over the last 20 years, childhood has moved indoors. Boys and girls spend as little as 30 minutes playing outside a day but more than 7 hours a day in front of a screen. There’s a reason they call it the great outdoors. Research confirms what many of us already knew, nature is good for us and gives us both mental and physical health benefits.
Studies show many of the major health problems on the rise among youth, such as obesity, ADHD, depression, and poor vision, could be improved by spending more time outdoors. Getting children outside and providing them a natural environment will increase attentions spans, creative thought, and the desire to learn through exploration, making for healthier and happier kids. That’s exactly what we’re doing through Valley Trail Connections.
By connecting Tri-Valley parks and open spaces together by trails, we’ll all have more options to explore, exercise and adventure! Connecting parks and open space isn’t just good for us, it’s great for plants and wildlife too so they can get the water, food, shelter, travel or finding that special someone to continue the species with.
Our first phase of Valley Trail Connections will connect Sycamore Grove Park to Del Valle which will open up trail access from Livermore to Fremont. But we can’t do it without you.
Help us link parks through trails for you and future generations to enjoy!