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Raleigh EVA 29 donated by Bike Station Aptos
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Get Out Get Fit goes into the wild

Get Out Get Fit ride in the Forest of Nisene Marks
Get Out Get Fit ride in the Forest of Nisene Marks

Every year Trips for Kids Santa Cruz has the opportunity to take the youth from the Get Out Get Fit summer camp hosted by the city of Watsonville on a mountain bike ride. Every year is a new adventure. Each year there are at least a few youth who have never been to the forest and now have the opportunity to ride a bike in the midst of the giant trees, flora, and fauna that live among us.

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz provides the opportunity for youth to experience riding a bike, but also to experience the power of nature and to challenge themselves to do more than they thought they could. At the end of the camp we ventured to the Forest of Nisene Marks and rode together, encouraged each other, and pushed ourselves to do more than we thought we could. It was an amazing day full of fun, laughter, and physical challenge.

Walnut Avenue Womens Center

We had an awesome ride with a group of ten people with Walnut Ave Womens Center. We rode in the Forest of Nisene Marks to the Epicenter Trail, crossing the creek on our bikes several times from the fire road. We even tried three miles of single track over roots and some technical maneuvering. It was a great day mountain biking!

Upcoming biking events

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day

Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Toro County Park (Quail Meadows day use area)
The event is free, but there is an $8 entrance fee if you drive in.

Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will be taking a group of kids to Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day. Sign up now!

The Monterey Off Road Cycling Association (MORCA) a chapter of the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) is hosting Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day.

All participants must sign a waiver and helmets are required. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Activities include basic bike safety, a skills course, trail rides for all ages, prizes, and a barbeque.

This local event is part of a nationwide celebration known as Take-A-Kid-Mountain-Biking Day, supported by IMBA. The event purpose is to provide a means for kids and their families to enjoy local trails together. The Monterey County Parks Department will allow bikes on certain Toro Park trails that are usually closed so beginners can enjoy a safe ride. Local bike shops especially BobCat Bicycles have donated products along with contributions from FOX, Cypress Coast Subaru, Carmel Kitchens & Bath, Cleary Bikes, and others.

Family Fitness Challenge Day

Sunday, September 27, 2015
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Ramsay Park
1301 Main Street
Watsonville, CA 95076

This family friendly and free event will be held at Ramsey Park, centrally located in Watsonville, California. Activity stations including soccer, zumba, martial arts, food demos, healthy snacks and biking will be set up throughout the park grounds for families to enjoy actively participating in. Families will be given a punch card that upon completion will be entered into the raffle including prizes from local businesses. Come out and enjoy a fun filled day of physical activity and healthy snack stations with us this year!

Open Streets Santa Cruz County

Sunday, October 11, 2015
East Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA

Two miles of roadway from Lighthouse Field to Natural Bridges State Park will be transformed into a car-free Pop-up Park.

Upcoming rides

We have a openings for taking kids mountain biking.

For more information, please contact our ride coordinator at:

See our calendar for other upcoming rides.

Request a ride for your group

We have many open regular ride dates scheduled in our calendar on the first and third Saturdays of the month. Other dates are possible by request. If you have a group of kids that you would like to take mountain biking, request a ride through our website.

Support Trips for Kids with your online donation with PayPal and AmazonSmile

Have you heard? We now accept donations online. Use PayPal to make a donation, either recurring or one-time.

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To spare us transaction fees, you can send a personal payment from your PayPal account to donate@tripsforkidssantacruz.org and select “I’m sending money to family or friends”. Read details.

As an all-volunteer run organization, all funds go directly to benefit kids in our programs.

Donate while you shop online at AmazonSmile

We are now a member of AmazonSmile. When you shop and purchase eligible items through Amazon, selecting us as your preferred nonprofit charity organization, Trips for Kids Santa Cruz will receive 0.5% of the purchase price from the AmazonSmile Foundation. There’s no cost to you. Every little bit helps us lube the chains and cranks of our bicycle fleet.

Give a kid the opportunity of a lifetime

Donating to Trips for Kids Santa Cruz changes lives through the mountain biking experience. As an all-volunteer organization, your donations go directly to benefit kids.

We accept bikes, tubes, tires, water bottles, first aid kits, and any other mountain bike related necessities. Please Contact Us to arrange a donation of in-kind items.

Of course, we accept monetary donations, as well! Checks made payable to “Trips for Kids Santa Cruz” may be sent to:

758 Rio Del Mar Blvd
Aptos, CA 95003