Healthy People Healthy Trails, hiking the Gaviota Coast | Credit: Curt Cragg

It’s “Healthy People Healthy Trails Month,” a new countywide initiative designed to get Santa Barbara moving and taking advantage of all of the natural spaces we have at our disposal.

“We are proud that our parks serve as an integral part of our community,” said Jeff Lindgren, assistant director of the Santa Barbara County Community Services Department, Parks Division. “Healthy People Healthy Trails Month allows us to improve the health of our communities while getting folks engaged in protecting one of our most important natural resources, our parks. This countywide awareness program is a win-win for everyone involved.”

Activities include nature walks at Lake Cachuma, a Bird Walk at Tucker’s Grove, and an Arroyo Hondo Preserve nature hike. All in all, there are more than 40 events this month that are designed to encourage greater use, awareness, and stewardship of the abundant local parks and trail systems under the campaign “Let’s Get Moving!” Part of the push for awareness this April is creating a single online resource at for comprehensive information on local outdoor spaces, trails, and related activities, as well as an events calendar. Healthy People Healthy Trails Month events are typically free of charge and easily accessed.


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