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Mark your calendars for Tzu Chi USA’s first ever annual walk, we’ll show our solidarity for and commitment to a greener Earth and more resilient communities, just like we have for the past 30 years. Whether you walk, run, or bike, we’re determined to make every step count.

AUGUST 17, 2019

4:00 PM to 9:00 PM

The event features delicious vegetarian food for purchase, music performance, exhibition, walkathon, candlelight prayer ceremony and other activities.

Whittier Narrows Recreation Area

751 S Santa Anita Ave. South El Monte, CA 91733


Our walk will help fundraise for disaster recovery and raise awareness around greener living.
Tzu Chi USA, robust in its disaster relief work since 1989, is committed to offering compassion and disaster relief to families in need.
Steps for the Earth is an occasion for those who’ve been touched by our work in the past to reunite...
and for those who support our mission to make contributions to help more families recover from disaster.
Plus, we’ll share our initiatives, tips, and tricks for a more sustainable and more mindful life along the way.


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Questions? Please refer to our detailed FAQ by clicking here.


You will have the chance to collect prize tickets at every checkpoint during the walk. The more checkpoints you stop by, the more tickets you can collect, the higher the chances to win one of these prizes from our generous donors.*

One set of gold and rose-gold handcrafted, temperature controlled ACERA Liven mugs glazed with white crystal tourmaline that releases healthful negative ions into beverages.

One Molla AirSmart Oil-Free Dynamic Air Fryer. Stay healthy by making your own wholesome, hearty and delicious meals in just a few simple steps, all without adding unnecessary oil

One round-trip flight from Los Angeles, California to Taipei, Taiwan
Point of departure will be from LAX. Arrival will be at TPE.

One glass Púro Water Kettle with built-in filter, slow-open lid, temperature control, and auto-shutoff safety feature

*Exact prizes are subject to change at any time. Prize Ticket winner selection method has not been finalized yet.



During registration, you have the option to A: FORM A TEAM,  B: JOIN AN EXISTING TEAM, or C: REGISTER AS AN INDIVIDUAL. We suggest that you participate with a team in order to maintain eligibility for recognition during the event.

To register a new team, simply submit a team name and share this name with desired team members. Please allow at least one business day for the team name to become available in the registration form. Your team members can then select the existing name during registration. Please feel free to email to tzuchiwalk@tzuchi.us if your team name does not appear for selection after one business day.

If you are registering for additional participants, please increase ticket quantity to desired amount before check out.

Register now by using the form below.

SPONSOR – Steps for the Earth


As a sponsor, you can expect to receive exceptional engagement and social amplification with our community of active, healthy and socially conscious individuals. Help us keep our costs at a minimum and support our disaster recovery and sustainability efforts.

Registered sponsors via the online donation form will receive a selected quantity of free registration tickets (depending on the level of sponsorship) via email. This code can be shared with friends, family or coworkers to participate in the walk free of charge! Click below to see a full list of sponsor benefits, and sign up to sponsor.



Want to set up a booth? Learn how you can introduce you and your business to our participants. Download the Display Booth Form Here and the Food Vendor Application and follow the instructions in the pdf. All applications are subject to review, deadline to submit is July 20, 2019



Want to volunteer at Steps for the Earth? There’s lots to do, whether it’s setting up booths, helping people sign-in, giving out water to participants, or simply cheering people on. Signing up only takes a few minutes! Minimum of 4 hours required.

We rely on the hard work and compassion of our dedicated volunteers to make this event a success. Join hands to show compassion for noble participants, international disaster survivors and the planet. On the day of the event, volunteers will assist with a variety of tasks from managing drinks, food and entertainment stations along the route to the provision of route information.

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The Healing Power of Music


Check out the official music video for “Another Prayer for Paradise” written and performed by musician Skip Culton.

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Skip Culton and The Skip Culton Project (SCP)
Ft. Justin Mora, Jose Lopez and Webster Moore
Produced and Directed by Tzu Chi USA 

Catch Skip Culton live at the Tzu Chi Steps for the Earth Walk on August 17, 2019. 

Paradisian and California Camp Fire Survivor Skip Culton composed the song in lamentful celebration of his hometown that was lost to the flames during the wildfire in 2018. The song aims to raise national awareness of wildfires and provide support for survivors of natural disasters.

Listen to the song on iTunes, Google Play, AmazonMusic, and Spotify.

*Special thanks to Dave Elke and Butte College. 


Tzu Chi Walk is a 2K (1 mile) walk that transforms the lives of disaster survivors around the world and promotes for a more sustainable future. Join us in the Tzu Chi chapter location near you to find strength, purpose and a community of people who aspire to make a real difference in the world. Remember: Every step counts. Learn more about how proceeds and donations will transform into life-saving work.

No, the Tzu Chi Walk calls on participants of all ages and abilities, and those who enjoy fitness as well. If you care about the future of our planet and sustainable recovery, this walk is for you.

When you’re pledging to walk, you are committing to support Tzu Chi USA – disaster relief efforts; reclaiming the future through sustainable action.

Yes, we want to know you’re walking with us and ask every walker to sign up through official registration, CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

We will walk rain or shine, so prepare with appropriate weather attire. In case of severe weather conditions, the event may be cancelled/rescheduled. Once registered, you will be notified of any changes.

Take it one step at a time. Depending on your normal activity level, walk for at least 15 minutes each day before the event. Ensure you have comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and an eco-friendly water bottle to keep you hydrated along the route. Now you’re ready to travel the distance for change!

  • 4:00 PM – Start Check In / Registration
  • 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Vegetarian food for purchase, Music Performance, Exhibition and Activities
  • 6:15  PM – 6:30 PM Tree-planting Opening Ceremony
  • 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM Walkathon
  • 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM Closing Ceremony
  • 8:30 PM – 8:40 PM Candlelight Prayer / Ceremony

After completion of the walk, a prayer ceremony and celebratory concert will be held in demonstration of our gratitude to the compassion and dedication of participants, sponsors and volunteers that helped to make this event possible.

The Tzu Chi Walk is an all ages, all abilities event lasting 1 mile.  Free water, food for purchase, music, performances, information booths and activities.

Participants are free to stop at anytime. If you are unable to continue walking while out on the route, feel free to rest and take a break to rehydrate, or call it a day. Your safety is always our first concern.

Parking for our participants on August 17 is free. Please do not park at the Santa Anita parking lot. Los Angeles County Parks & Recreation staff will be at the entrance of Santa Anita parking lot directing you to either the Meadows/60 FWY parking lot, the Rosemead parking lot, or Area E parking lot. We apologize for any inconvenience.

·      To get to the Rosemead parking lot, please take the 60 Freeway Rosemead Blvd exit and enter directly to the Rosemead parking lot.

·      To get to the Meadows/60 FWY parking lot, please take the 60 Freeway Santa Anita Ave exit and enter through the Santa Anita parking lot entrance.

·      To get to Area E parking lot, please take the 60 Freeway Santa Anita Ave exit and enter directly to the Area E parking lot.



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