Greetings Outdoor Community at Stanford

While we at the Stanford Adventure Program are dedicated to providing opportunities and information about outdoor hiking, backpacking, paddling, and climbing activities we advocate responsible use of our local natural trails, waterways, and crags. We support the Guidelines For Safe Usage of Open Spaces During Statewide Shutdown from Bay Area Coalition of Public Land Managers. . The Coalition released the following guidelines for safe outdoor recreation in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. 

GO SOLO OR WITH YOUR FAMILY UNIT: #6feetapart 

  • Going outdoors is for your health – not for socializing 
  • Stay 6 feet away from people you do not live with. Share the trail and yield to others to maintain a safe distance. 
  • Choose less frequented parks and trails. Check park system websites for recommendations. 
  • Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail. 
  • Examples of safe activities that are allowed solo or with people living in the same household: 
    • Hike/walk
    • Bike
    • Frisbee/catch/kicking a ball
    • Sit under a tree: read, write, listen to music,
    • Draw
    • Take photos of plants and animals and share them online 
  • Do not hold social gatherings at parks or anywhere. 

STAY CLOSE TO HOME AND AVOID CROWDS: #doyourpart 

  • Stay close to home. This is not a time to go exploring. 
  • Some parks systems are closing parking lots to manage crowding. If you stay close to home, you won’t need to drive – and you’ll get more exercise. 
  • Choose less frequented parks and trails. Check park system websites for recommendations. 
  • Do not park in a crowded parking lot or use a crowded trail. 
  • Look for nearby nature to enjoy: your own neighborhood might have #hiddennature. 
  • Visit nature virtually: There are many options online. 

STAY SAFE AND HEALTHY: #keepyourparksopen #keepparkssafe 

  • Do not visit parks that have been closed by local authorities. 
  • Many restrooms and facilities are closed; plan ahead before leaving home. 
  • Shorten your visit – give others the opportunity to have a safe experience. 
  • Stay at home if you or someone in your household are sick. 
  • Leave no trace: public garbage collection is limited, so pack out what you pack in 

We at Stanford Adventure care about your health and well-being during this time of shelter-in- place and the COVID19 pandemic. We will be working to provide ways to continue to support you and your pursuit of outdoor recreation. 

Suggested online resources for information about your local Bay Area park usage: