Along with our partners, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation organizes and supports educational and volunteer events throughout the County Parks. Our calendar includes lots of events and volunteer opportunities - get involved and support our parks!

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Upcoming events and volunteer opportunities

Be sure to check out the San Mateo County Parks webpage for other opportunities to get involved. Click on an event to learn more.

San Pedro Valley Work Days

Help restore and preserve the plant habitats at the Park. Volunteers meet at the Visitor Center near the parking lot. For more information, call (650) 355-8289.
San Pedro Valley Park is located at 600 Oddstad Blvd, Pacifica.

Trail Maintenance

Saturday, August 8, 9AM - Noon

Native Plant Restoration

Saturday, August 15, 9AM - Noon

San Pedro Valley Talks

Friday, Aug. 14, at 6pm

The Smith River

The Smith River still carves its way through huge dense stands of redwoods, Douglas firs, etc. in NW Calif., but now it and its environs are threated by pesticide pollution. You can hear Greg King of the King Range family, speak on the present efforts to save the river & its ecosystems from a polluted, diminished future.

Talks will be at the Visitor Center. For more information, call (650) 355-8289. San Pedro Valley Park is located at 600 Oddstad Blvd, Pacifica.

Take A Hike 2015

Each month this series of hikes takes participants on guided tours of a San Mateo County Park. Bring water, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. Hikes are 2-3 miles long and are led by rangers and volunteers familiar with the trails. Hikes are on Saturday and start at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome.

August 1 Junipero Serra Park

September 5 Huddart Park

October 3 Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve

November 7 Coyote Point Recreation Area

For more information visit here or Facebook

Junior Naturalists Summer Camp at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

August 3rd - 7th, 10am - 3pm

Your child can discover the wonders of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Over this 5-day camp, your child will be immersed in wildlife, crafts, activities and science projects from the moment they set foot on the reserve. While at camp they will study tide pools, Indians, sharks, marine mammals, birds, wildlife, plant life and more!

For children ages 8 through 12. $125 per child.

Register at the Friends of Fitzgerald website.

Bicycle Sunday

Sundays 9:00am - 3:00pm

On Sundays, Cañada Road is closed between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92 allowing for non-motorized activities including jogging, bicycling, hiking, roller-skating, and walking (Strollers are welcome, but no ball/frisbee activity allowed). Cañada Road between Edgewood Road to the Filoli entrance will remain open to vehicles. More Info

Edgewood Interpretive Hikes

August 15, 10AM

To display the treasures of Edgewood all year long, Friends of Edgewood docents guide nature hikes on the third Saturday morning of each month throughout the year. Walks will take you through a number of different plant communities, with frequent stops to take a closer look at what is happening there. It may be interesting insects, plants that would otherwise be overlooked, listening for frogs, identifying butterflies, or examining spider turrets. The closer you look, the more you will see. Regardless of the season, you are likely to learn all kinds of fascinating things that you didn’t know before.

Our free walks cover about 3 miles, at a moderate pace. Families, seniors and interested children are welcome. Heavy rain cancels walks.More Info

Sunday Bird Walks

Sunday, August 9, 8-11AM

Many birds make their homes in Edgewood Park, such as the Red-shouldered Hawk and the Western Bluebird. During the fall and winter, other birds may just be passing through on their migration to somewhere else. All are a joy to watch and hear.

Join a knowledgeable Audubon docent for an early morning bird walk on the second Sunday of each month. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look and listen for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, Red-shouldered Hawk, Western Bluebirds, and many more. In addition to spotting birds, find out about their habits, preferences, and how they live. This 3 to 4 mile hike traverses gentle hills and lasts 3 hours. Heavy rain cancels. More Info

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

Weed Rangers

Friday, July 24 , 9AM - Noon

Saturday, July 25, 9AM - Noon

Stewardship Saturdays

These work days are devoted to habitat restoration work on the mountain - either doing site preparation - including weeding - or planting California natives. The site location varies from week to week. See the San Bruno Mountain Watch calendar for more info.

Edgewood Weed Warriors

Warriors usually meet Friday mornings throughout the year, Wednesday late afternoon in summer and selected Saturdays throughout the year. For more information, see this website or PDF. Email them at


Check our Facebook page for last minute announcments and special events.

August 2 • Tour de Peninsula

Make sure you and your bike are ready for the ride of the year. See below for details.

See this traffic advisory with details about ride day.


TdP is a perennial highlight of the Bay Area ride calendar. TdP 2015 is Sunday, August 2.

Supporting the Parks

On Tuesday, June 16, we are donating almost $500,000 to the San Mateo County Parks! On behalf of the Board of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation, thank you to all of our donors and partners who make these projects possible. Learn more about this donation.