Public land is a vital part of any community. It provides a space for people to explore nature and engage in physical activity. It also protects local wildlife in a habitat that cannot be breached. The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust fills all of these needs along a stretch of the gentle San Joaquin River. At this park, locals can hike along a nature trail and spot native birds or canoe downstream and learn about the issues affecting the water. Summer camps give kids an opportunity to be expressive and inquisitive outside with hands-on activities, crafts, and canoeing. Sycamore Island, similarly, recreates that camp experience for adults with wildlife trails, fishing excursions, and picnicking under the Sycamore and Oak trees that aren't already claimed by mischievous fairy-folk.
Since 1919, Easter Seals has supplied families and individuals with disabilities across the country with the services and resources they need, from physical rehabilitation to job training. In 2003, the nationwide organization established its Walk With Me events, and since then, more than 150,000 people have participated in the annual fundraising effort. That push has helped generate more than $30 million in support of families at Easter Seals.
On September 27, the Easter Seals of Central California will host Fresno's leg of Walk With Me at Sierra Vista Mall. There, participants can join the nationwide effort by partaking in a two-mile fun walk or a 5K run. Either way, everyone in attendance can have some fun thanks to interactive activities, food, and a special show starring puppets who aren't yet jaded by Hollywood's glamor. Additionally, a community-wide resource fair will be on hand to promote local organizations and resources that serve special needs families and individuals.
Since its founding in 1935, Mono Hot Springs Resort has housed the healing secrets of the mineral springs within its mountain-lined perimeter. After bunking in simple stone cabins complete with cozy fireplaces or staking out spots for tents perched atop wooden platforms, visitors can decamp to the onsite health spa, where massage therapists knead out kinks, and hot springs soothe aches with natural minerals.
A slew of outdoor activities feeds addictions to fresh air, challenging muscles to hikes along woodsy trails leading to the teetering boulder of Balancing Rock or gushing waters of Bear Diversion Dam. The waves of Doris Lake lap at a more leisurely pace, heated by the warm springs from which they spill and invite swimmers to take a dip. Lakes also host fishing and boating, and a nearby stable saddles up steeds for horseback riding. After finishing outdoor excursions or therapeutic soaks, guests can hunt for meal components in the general store or feast on buffalo ribs and mountain views on the restaurant's covered deck.
In the two-hour Yosemite Valley Floor Tour, guests will be ferried through the majestically scenic Yosemite National Park, basking in its sights and sounds from the safety of a tour trolley. Park rangers provide commentary throughout the tour, discoursing on the history, geology, and wildlife of the area and pointing out both major and little-known attractions, including the Half Dome and El Capitan rock formations and Bridalveil Fall. Tours are available year round, with open-air trolleys in temperate times and heated coaches during colder months. The schedule varies and can be found by asking at any park information center, checking the Yosemite guide, or chatting with black bears wearing an “ask me for assistance” vest.
Equipment: Weights, medicine balls, kettle bells, suspension and resistance equipment
Students should bring: A positive attitude, water bottle, towel, and (optional) boxing gloves
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Before your first class, arrive 10 minutes early for orientation and sign-in. Always arrive 5 minutes early to class.