Our primary activities are working with youth, taking them on camping trips and day hikes in Yosemite. Ron also does presentations at outdoor industry venues, schools, and other locations.
Sacred Rok offers day trips and camping trips for teens in foster care, teens in the Probation system, and other young people who can benefit from the opportunity to learn about nature. The kids love the chance to slow down and learn about nature their own way, by experiencing it. Slowing down, walking, swimming, sunning, breathing, eating – all such ordinary experiences — open their senses to let nature be the healer.
Since Sacred Rok was established in 2009, Ron has taken young people from Merced and Mariposa counties on day trips and camping trips. Different trips have included foster youth from Merced County, Probation youth incarcerated at the Iris Garrett Juvenile Justice Facility in Merced, teenagers from the Merced Boys and Girls Club, young people from Planada, Native American youth from Mariposa, and Mariposa Middle School youth. We are grateful for the support of Clif Bar Family Foundation, the Explore Fund, Yosemite Conservancy, United Way of Merced County, the California Endowment Building Healthy Communities Initiative, and many individual donors.
We hope that the friendships we have cultivated with the young people on these trips will continue to grow. We hope these campers will continue to come back to visit Ron as they move through the cusp of adulthood into their lives as young adults.