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Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve

The East Bay Regional Park District began acquiring land for Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve in the early 1970s. Today, most of the mining district is within the Preserve's nearly 5,717 acres. The area is an ideal location for hiking, picnicking and nature study. Naturalists conduct a variety of programs relating the Preserve's natural and historic resources. One and one half hour-long, advance-reservation tours are offered seasonally -- see website for details.

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Biketopia Community Workshop is an all-volunteer cyclist-run nonprofit bike shop that provides bicycle education, repair services and a community space to connect with other riders.  They educate and empower the East Bay community to build, maintain and ride bicycles.

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Parks are essential to the well-being of environments, economies and all people. California’s state parks and the recreational programs supported by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and its divisions of Boating and Waterways, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation, and Office of Historic Preservation, are gateways to these benefits and to opportunities to connect with families, friends, and communities.

Co-op Camp Sierra

"Traditional and nontraditional" family lodging. Varied activities and affordable prices.

Desert Survivors

Desert Survivors is a nonprofit organization that leads free backpacking trips and car camps for people of all levels of skill and fitness, as well as offering courses in beginning backpacking. Members of Desert Survivors are committed to experiencing and preserving the desert's unique beauty and value. The activities of the group fall into 3 broad categories: field trips, campaigning for desert-related issues and social events.

Earth Circus

Performance troupe utilizing live theater forms to create sideshows for a techno-industrial world.

Go Jauntly

A walking app for everyday outdoor adventures