Welcome to the North Richmond Urban Nature Loop, a pedestrian trail nestled in the neighborhood of North Richmond, Contra Costa County, California. As you walk this trail, you’ll witness the resilience and strength of the North Richmond neighborhood, and learn about its history, culture, and community. The route follows the Wildcat Creek trail, providing an opportunity to connect with nature and experience the native ecosystems within the community, despite the environmental challenges this area is faced with.
The Urban Nature Loop aims to connect people with their environment. The Wildcat Creek running through the neighborhood provides an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural ecosystem of our neighborhood, including its diverse plant life, animals, and habitats.
This trail provides an excellent opportunity to improve physical fitness and mental well-being. Completing the shortest loop will have you walking 1.2 miles or approximately 2,700 steps. Feel free to repeat the loop to extend your walk or explore some of the route extensions, such as circling Shields Reid Park, going to the Fish Passage, or to the Urban Tilth Farm. By including all the extensions, you can cover a total distance of 2.2 miles or roughly 6,060 steps, which aligns with the daily step recommendation by physicians.
The Urban Nature Loop offers much more than just a chance to walk and enjoy the outdoors. Explore the stories and voices of local leaders, tribal members, artists, and experts through informative content, interviews, photos, and videos. Each Point of Interest is location-based. When you reach the right location, you will see a sidewalk sticker with a QR code (coming soon!). If you point your phone camera to the QR code, a webpage for this point will open up, also accessible in the links at the bottom of this page.
By downloading the free mobile phone app, PocketSights, you can embark on a self-guided tour of the neighborhood. The app’s location-based features ensure that you receive relevant information about each Point of Interest while walking.
To download the free app, scan the QR codes below:
Feel free to scroll between Points of Interest and learn more about them. Over time, we’ll continue to add new points and information to the map, so we encourage you to revisit the tour again and again to discover something new each time. You can also enhance the route by adding your personal notes and pictures within the app, making it a truly interactive experience.
Tip – take headphones with you so you can listen better to the interviews and sounds.
The North Richmond Urban Nature Loop is a collaborative effort, driven by The Watershed Project in partnership with community leaders, Green Collar Corps interns, and students from the University of California, Berkeley. This project is part of the larger Contra Costa County North Richmond Watershed Connections Project, supported by funding from the California Coastal Conservancy.
The North Richmond Watershed Connections Project aims to transform and uplift the North Richmond neighborhood, addressing various environmental justice issues and improving the residents’ quality of life.
We hope you have a wonderful time exploring the North Richmond Urban Nature Loop. Enjoy your journey!
Point of Interest Links
- Verde Elementary School Murals
- Wildcat Creek
- Animals and Plants of Wildcat Creek
- Community Activism
- Urban Tilth Farm
- Stormwater Management
- Peace and Harmony Garden
- Community Resources
- Native Oaks and Their Ecosystems
- Shields Reid Park, Neighborhood History, and Music
- Shields Reid Habitat Garden
- Safe Routes to School
- Vacant Lots
- Heritage Trees
- Hope Gardens
- Rancho Market Mural
- Las Deltas Housing Development Project
- Tribal Connections
- Fish Passage