Let's Hike and Join Ranger Betty in Conversation!

Betty Reid Soskin is a prominent African-American woman of California, who at age 92 serves as the country's oldest National Park Ranger in her position at Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond. 


We’ll start with a hike on the Marina Bay Trail. We’ll work our way around the waterfront, stopping to learn more about the role African American women played on the home front during World War II, including their work as welders on the SS George Washington Carver and their work as union organizers and community activists.

This hike is paved and flat- great for beginners!

At 2 pm, we’ll gather at the Rosie the Riveter museum for a conversation with Ranger Betty. We'll learn about her life and see Bay Area history through her eyes.

What to Bring 

*Proper footwear 



*Windbreaker and fleece- weather permitting, we'll be outside hiking the trail for 1 hour

*Flashlight/head lamp

*signed copy of your Outdoor Afro Release


Driving from the East Bay: take 580 West; exit at Harbour Way North. Exit merges with Harbour Way South heading north. Follow road north to Cutting Blvd, turning right onto Cutting. In 2/10ths of a mile turn right onto Marina Way. Continue south on Marina Way to the very end (1 mile) and park. For GPS/ reference' sake, map the directions to 1401 Marina Way (a Comcast ofc), and then drive past it to the end of street


Please make sure to bring a SIGNED copy of the outdoor afro release so that we can start the hike on time http://files.meetup.com/2045381/REQUIRED%20Outdoor%20Afro%20Trip%20Waiver.pdf

Hope to see you there!

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  • Traci

    I too enjoyed myself. Who know that Richmond, California has such a rich civil rights history. Thank you Zoe, for exposing me, and others to our (African American) rich culture. I'm going to share my findings with my colleagues (teachers who teach in the inner city). And, the hiking trails were nice as well. Thanks again, I'm looking forward to Outdoor Afro's next adventure.

    April 13

  • Terrye M.

    I had a great time. Betty was very inspirational!

    April 12

  • Zoë P.

    thanks for coming everyone!

    April 12

  • Xela

    Anyone from the city going or anyone who could pick up from a Bart? Thanks.

    April 12

    • Traci

      Zoe, both I and Lea are at Ranger Betty's location. Are you on your way?

      1 · April 12

    • Zoë P.

      We're on the hike! We'll see you at 2 for ranger Betty's talk!

      April 12

  • Zoë P.

    Hi everyone we'll be here until
    About 12:20 pm. and then we'll start the hike. If you miss the hike feel free to meet us at museum at 2 for our chat with Ranger Betty.

    April 12

  • Zoë P.

    looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow! please make sure to look at a map and your directions before setting out!

    April 11

    • Traci

      I'm coming from Alameda (the island) should I use the driving directions fostered by Meetup? I used it for the hike last Sunday in Oakland off of Skyline. Those directions had me hiking almost 2 miles to the hike. Needless to say, I do not want to experience that kind of calamity this time around. Can you please advise. Because I'm super excited about meeting Roger Betty, I need to get to this hike without a hitch. Thanks.

      April 12

    • Zoë P.

      Hi Traci! Thanks for the comment. I'm sorry you had a difficult time last week. Please use your preferred mapping method to get to 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, CA. I look forward to seeing you today!

      April 12

  • Terrye M.

    Hi Zoe, this sounds really interesting, but it's scheduled on the same day as the Angel Island Hike. Is it possible to do this again on another date/time?

    March 21

    • Zoë P.

      Sorry to miss you Terrye, depending on Ranger Betty's schedule, we hopefully will repeat this event!

      March 21

  • Jenny M.

    Really wish we could join this one. I heard Betty speak recently and she's incredibly inspiring- Enjoy!!

    1 · March 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry this miss this! Had previously signed up for a similar hike on April 19 with American Planning Assoc.

    1 · March 20

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  • Zoë P.
    Outdoor Afro Leader, Co-Organizer
  • A former member

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