Our inaugural All Aboard for Nature! Public Lands Day L.A. on September 28, 2019 was outstanding! Abrazos to all our sponsors, community partners, volunteers, honorees, exhibitors, and participants united to diversify and expand access to nature and get underserved communities outdoors! Look what we did together:
- 400+ participants engaged at All Aboard for Nature! Morning Festival
- 200+ riders on 5 guided transit to parks adventures to: Los Angeles State Historic Park, Los Angeles River, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, Santa Monica Beach, and Sturtevant Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains – many for their first time.
- 250 riders on our special Chantry Flat transit to trails shuttle
- 6 Champions of Outdoor Equity & Public Lands Access and Promotoras honored
- 1 free Guide to Transit to Parks resource created
- 18 community exhibitors with activities & educational resources
The energy was high and vibrant at our kickoff at Union Station, with K-Earth 101, Smokey the Bear, tons of community engagement, raffle prizes from Patagonia and REI, and passionate speeches from our honored guests. Our transit to parks trips were a bonding experience for participants, criss-crossing the County on buses, trains and shuttles together. For most of our riders, it was their first time ever visiting these nature gems of L.A. and they experienced a lot!
- Los Angeles State Historic Park: Plant restoration, history tour, pedicab rides, tai chi
- Los Angeles River: Bird sightings, lush river walk & stories of transformation
- Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area: Learned to fish, birdwatch, hiked to great views
- Santa Monica Beach: The kids loved the aquarium & the beach even in the rain!
- Sturtevant Falls: First time to the San Gabriel Mountains, and seeing a real waterfall! “Today I went to one of the most magnificent green spaces I have ever been to.”
We’re thrilled to have shared a memorable day with community members of all ages, backgrounds and communities, full of first time experiences. Thank you again and remember to give us your survey feedback and share those #AllAboardforNature photos and stories!
Follow-up Reports and Press
On October 15, 2019 our program organizer Bryan Matsumoto reported to the Arcadia City Council with a 7-minute presentation on the successful Chantry Flat Transit to Trails shuttle run we coordinated with the City. View the video here. Click Agenda item 8c, “Presentation from “Nature for All.” He presented rider survey data and encouraged the City to pursue the County’s Recreation Access funding which Nature for All successfully advocated for.
Arcadia Weekly took interest in the story and followed up with interviews and an article: “Agencies And Nonprofits Band Together To Shuttle Hikers From Arcadia To San Gabriel Mountains” (Arcadia Weekly, October 22, 2019)
Morning Festival at Union Station 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Enjoy free activities for all ages, music, honored speakers, and a community education fair!
8:00 a.m. — Community Fair Booths will include community organizations, agencies and businesses with activities, giveaways, and information on free nature trips and programs, local & regional parks and trails, environmental protection, sustainable living and more!
9:00-10:00 a.m. — Champions of Outdoor Equity & Public Lands Access. We’re honoring champions who have advanced policies and programs that recognize the importance of access to nature, and communities that most need access to our parks, mountains, rivers and beaches. Invited guests include:
- Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis (Equity in Parks Measure A Funding for communities with high need)
- Heather Hutt, State Director for U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (Outdoors for All Act to increase urban outdoor recreation opportunities)
- U.S. Congressman Jimmy Gomez (Transit to Trails Bill)
- CA Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (Prop 68 State Parks Bond)
- Resources Legacy Fund
- Water Foundation
5 Transit to Trails Trips 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Which trip will you choose? Grab your TAP card, sunscreen and lunch, we’re heading out to *five* nature destinations across the County on transit! Seats are limited & RSVPs are required; sign up today to join a guided adventure to:
Trip #1: Los Angeles State Historic Park
Distance: 0.75 miles | Time: 30-45 minute walk | Difficulty: Beginner
Trip #2: Los Angeles River Walking Tour
Distance: 2.1 miles | Time: 2 hour walk | Difficulty: Beginner-Medium
Trip #3: Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area in the Baldwin Hills
Distance: — miles | Time: — hours | Difficulty: Beginner-Medium
Trip #4: Santa Monica Beach, Pier, and Heal the Bay Aquarium
Distance: 0.25 miles | Time: 1 hour aquarium tour | Difficulty: Easy
(Optional: Walk on the beach/path/pier as long as you like!)
Trip #5: Sturtevant Falls in the San Gabriel Mountains
Distance: 3.4 miles | Time: 2.5 hour hike | Difficulty: Medium
Our Trip #5 to Sturtevant Falls will use the Gold Line and a free shuttle offered by the City of Arcadia for this one day only!
Notes: Shuttles are wheelchair accessible, however the Chantry Flat picnic area has some accessibility limitations. A helper may be necessary. The trail to Sturtevant Falls is not accessible. Sorry, bicycles and animals are not allowed on the shuttle at this time.
Also happening: The National Forest Foundation is hosting a volunteer workday at Chantry Flat Picnic Area to celebrate National Public Lands Day on September 28th. In partnership with the Angeles National Forest, there will be a variety of volunteer projects for all ages and skill levels.
- Trip check-in will be from 8-9 am at Union Station, and all trips leave at 10 am.
- Free Eventbrite tickets are required from the links above.
- Register to receive event updates and schedule changes.
Now accepting Exhibitor Booth Applications
We invite community organizations, public agencies and businesses to offer engaging activities and community resources at the Morning Festival Community Fair. Spread the word and invite your favorite organization to join us! For details, see the form below. Deadline: August 28, 2019.
Thank you to our event sponsors:
Thank you to our community partners:
Support with Sponsorship
The All Aboard for Nature! Sponsorship Deck describes event details and excellent ways to support Nature for All’s programs to Protect, Create, and Connect. Your financial support is critical to advance this work. Find a sponsorship level for you:
#AllAboardForNature Photo Contest
Share your experience with the hashtag #AllAboardforNature, tag us @lanatureforall and post your photos to enter our social media raffle to win prizes! We want to see all the fun you had getting outdoors on National Public Lands Day! You may also email photos to email@example.com to be featured on our social media. Contest winners will receive free swag, and all submissions grant Nature for All permission to use photographs.
Transit Directions to Union Station’s South Patio
Take the Red, Purple, Gold, or Silver Lines to Union Station. Plan your trip with Metro’s Trip Planner to Union Station, 800 N Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, then walk to the South Patio. A paid parking garage is also located underneath Union Station.