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The Outdoor Explorer Program was created to encourage exploration of the beautiful natural areas of Contra Costa County and beyond by highlighting our many nature themed resources and offering nature themed informational programs for all ages. Modern life is increasingly hectic and the simple act of getting outside, being active, and breathing fresh air can vastly improve health and overall quality of life. Fresh air and sunshine can increase your Vitamin D and improve health in many other ways. Kids do better in school the more time they spend playing outside. 


In partnership with East Bay Regional Parks, Contra Costa County Library is excited to announce a limited number of Outdoor Explorer backpacks, giving library cardholders free, enhanced access to the beautiful parklands and trails in our own backyard.

The Outdoor Explorer backpacks are available for in-person check out at the following Contra Costa County library branches: Antioch, Concord, Martinez, and San Ramon. Patrons can also place a hold on a backpack to be delivered to the branch of choice using the online library catalog, exactly the same way holds can be placed on other library materials.

Each pack includes an East Bay Regional Parks parking pass good at all 73 Regional Parks, binoculars, park brochures, plant and animal identification cards, and general hiking and trail safety information so you can get outside and enjoy self-guided adventures in the parks. Each pack is available for check out three weeks, can be renewed, placed on hold, and be returned to any Contra Costa County Library branch.

The Outdoor Explorer backpacks will be available for check out beginning October 2019.

73 parks. 122,278 acres. 1,250+ miles of trails. East Bay Parks are perfect for hiking, biking, picnicking, horseback riding, camping, fishing, boating, golfing, and nature study. Get out and explore!

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