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“OpenRoad” to Showcase Natural Wonders of the Bay Area

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“Kia's OpenRoad with Doug McConnell,” returns for a second season beginning 6:30 p.m. Sunday, January 24, 2016 on NBC Bay Area. “OpenRoad,” which is co-sponsored by a dozen Bay Area open-space agencies and non-profits, picks up where McConnell’s previous show, the long-running hit “Bay Area Backroads,” left off. "OpenRoad" celebrates the natural, historical and cultural wonders of the greater Bay Area, highlighting the people and places that make this such a special place to live. McConnell also interviews the people who work hard daily to protect these priceless resources. To learn more, visit the “OpenRoad” web site,

Past Featured Stories: 2015 - 2016

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A new episode featuring our horseback ride in Solano County, redwood discoveries with Steve Abbors, the efforts of Bay Area Wilderness Training to make camping and outdoor adventure accessible to young people everywhere in the region, and Rob Badger’s and Nina Winter’s photographs of flowers and landscapes in California. - May 15, 2016

Featuring our exploration of Coyote Ridge, celebrating wetlands with Marc Holmes of the Bay Institute, introducing the new Fund for People in Parks with Bob Hansen, and the Yosemite Conservancy’s Parks in Focus program. - May 1, 2016

Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, follow the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and meet Gary Crabbe and learn about his photography. - April 24, 2016 (repeat of Feb. 14)

Climb to the summit of Mt. St. Helena, soar skyward in a helicopter tour of the Bay Area,meet an advocate for engaging African Americans in outdoor activities, and finally view photographic images of wildlife and wetlands captured by a long­time conservation activist. - April 17, 2016

Marin City Parks, Mindego Hill, free smart phone tours, and artist Tom Killion. - April 10, 2016 (repeat of Jan. 30)

Living with lions in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Latino Outdoors, and nature artist John Muir Laws. - April 3, 2016

Drive down CA State Highway 1 through Devil’s Slide, learn about the Dickson family in Sonoma that worked to expand the San Francisco Bay, and see Stephen Joseph’s stunning photographs of Mount Diablo and Vasco Caves. - March 27, 2016

Marsh Creek Watershed, Parks for Life Challenge, Wildcare, photographer Steven Bumgardner. - March 20, 2016

San Francisco Bay Trail, Alcatraz at Night, Bay Nature Magazine, photographer Gary Crabbe (part I). - March 13, 2016

Russian River, Urban Tilth and Hoover Elementary, Baywood Artists. - March 6, 2016

Bay Institute, Jack London State Park, Bay Area Ridge Trails, Rick Whitacre. - February 28, 2016

Amah Mutsun Village, Bale Grist Mill, Hamilton Field, Photographers Charlies & Melody Wambeke. - February 21, 2016

Stephen Joseph's Photography: Mt. Diablo to Vasco Caves to Muir Woods - January 24, 2016

The Richmond portion of the San Francisco Bay Trail - June 27, 2015
Explore the largest protected shoreline of any city in the Bay Area... Richmond. Includes, Miller-Knox and Point Pinole.

Camp Arroyo - June 6, 2015
Kids with difficult medical challenges have a whole lot of fun at a remarkable East Bay camp.

4-wheel Bob - May 11, 2015
Bob Coomber is a genuine trailblazer, hiking all over California.

East Bay Regional Parks Road Trip - May 3, 2015
Tilden’s Little Farm and Botanic Garden, Black Diamond Mines’ historic coal mine and Big Break’s natural history and delta.

Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area  - April 26, 2015
Bay Area parks are the best gyms and fitness centers... Beautiful, free and open to all.

Featuring our exploration of Coyote Ridge - July 10, 2016
celebrating wetlands with Marc Holmes of the Bay Institute, introducing the new Fund for People in Parks with Bob Hansen, and the Yosemite Conservancy’s Parks in Focus program.July 16, 2016 (Saturday at 7:30 pm)
Sonoma gardens and preserves, the NPS centennial, the Wildands Conservancy,  and the photography of Ron Hori. (Repeat episode)

Sonoma Wildlife Corridor - July 17, 2016
San Jose’s Alum Rock Park and Sierra Vista Preserve,  Trips for Kids,  MarinScapes artists.(Repeat episode)

New episode! Accessible Trails in Sequoia and Kings Canyon - July 24, 2016
University of California’s Natural Reserve System,  Watchable Wildlife, photographer Alison Taggart-Barone.

Solano’s Rockville Trails Preserve - July 31, 2016
Lessons from Midpen Redwoods, Bay Area Wilderness Training,  Photographers Nita Winter and Rob Badger. (Repeat episode)

Media Coverage

San Francisco Chronicle Article: Doug McConnell of 'Bay Area Backroads’ back on TV

KQED interview with Doug McConnell: On the Road with Doug McConnell