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, March 14, 9AM - Noon

Native Plant Restoration

Saturday, March 21, 9AM - Noon


San Pedro Valley Talks

Saturday, February 28, 3PM

The California Newt

Lance Millbrand presents a program on the California newt featuring live salamanders. Lance is an accomplished and dedicated filmmaker, donning a wetsuit to wait in the pools of streams for the action of the newts. He has appeared at the SF Natural History Group and sold a film to Laguna Wild Area in Southern California.

Saturday March 7, 4PM

Common Murre: A Film Facilitated By Jim Steele

This local film on the Common Murres of Devil’s Slide, by Kevin White, takes up the problem of the decimation of this murre population due to the advent of gill netting and a famous oil spill in 1986. Jim Steele, former director of the San Francisco State University Field Campus will explain the film. Decoys of this sea bird, made by Sharron Walker’s students, will be shown.

Friday March 13, 6:30PM - 8PM

Family Nature Night Hike at San Pedro Valley

Explore San Pedro Valley Park on the night of Friday the 13th--if you dare! We'll navigate the Weiler Ranch Road and learn about nocturnal animals. Bring a flashlight and a coat. Heavy rain will cancel.

Questions? Contact Katherine Wright at (650) 599-1387 or kewright-at-smcgov.org.

Saturday March 21, 5PM

Shirley Drye Presents The Ohlone

Our local Pacifica expert on the Ohlone Indians, Shirley Drye, will present a program on this group in our Center. She plans to bring in some of the native plants of our Park, showing how these Indians used them in daily life, supplementing her Power Point program. Shirley was the director of the Sanchez Adobe education program for many years, receiving accolades from teachers & students alike, especially for her knowledge of Indian crafts & her story-telling ability.

Tuesday, April 7, at 11:30AM

Spring Break Wildlife Show for Children

Join the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park for another fun, educational event for children.

During spring break, Wildlife Associates will present Creepy Critters. Live animals to be shown include boa constrictor, tortoise, alligator, tarantula and monitor lizard. Crawling with excitement and the adventure of learning, this program explores the gentler side of the most misunderstood squiggly and squirmy animals of the wild kingdom. In a safe environment, we dispel myths and explore the importance these animals have in nature’s diverse web of life.

For more information call (650) 355-8289 or SanPedroParkFriends@gmail.com.

The program is made possible by a grant from the San Mateo County Parks Department, funded by the San Mateo County Parks Foundation.

Saturday April 18th, 6PM

Craig Nikitas’s Lesser-Known Hawks Of San Pedro Valley

One falcon and several hawks that now and then visit San Pedro Valley Park will come to life in the photography of Craig Nikitas, our popular presenter. Craig has long been active in the Golden Gate Raptor Society, capturing and banding hawks in the Pacific Coast autumn, on that high promontory overlooking the Bay in Marin county.

Saturday April 25, 8AM

Jim Steele Bird Song Walk

Rise and shine & you might be able to hear the strong, high-pitched trill of the Varied Thrush, but certainly the music of the Song Sparrow. On this Saturday , the California Thrasher may sing at the base of the Valley View. Bring binoculars as well as a ready ear.


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 start at 9 a.m. All ages are welcome.


For more information visit here or Facebook


Coyote Point BioBlitz

Saturday, April 25, 9am – 3 pm

Join other budding naturalists at Coyote Point in San Mateo for a grassroots, smartphone-powered BioBlitz to catalogue every living species we can identify! More Info


Family Fun Days at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Enjoy a weekend Breakfast at the Reserve! There will be coffee, orange juice, and a variety of fruit and pastries. Stop by the tables at the top of the ramp for a quick snack before you explore the intertidal zone!

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, February 28, Noon - 2PM


Have A Hand in Restoring San Vicente Creek

Saturday, February 28th, 9PM - Noon

Our restoration work in San Vicente Creek located in Fitzgerald Reserve has just begun with the recent removal of ice plant found at the mouth of the creek and adjacent to the trail leading to the tidepools. The next phase of this project is to replant the area with a variety of foredune and coastal scrub plants.

Give us a hand with this project. Volunteers should meet in the Reserve parking lot. Be sure to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, sturdy, closed-toe shoes and a hat. Please bring a refillable water bottle. All equipment, including gloves will be provided. More Info

To register email: cschoof-at-smcgov.org or call (650) 599-1306.


Edgewood Springtime Wildflower Walks

March 14 to June 7, 10AM

Edgewood’s serpentine grasslands are renowned throughout California for their lush wildflower carpets and rich biodiversity. You might see dozens of species of flowers on a single walk! Our free walks vary according to what’s in bloom—covering about 3 miles, at a moderate pace, with frequent stops.

In 2015, there are walks every Saturday and Sunday, from March 14 through June 7. Walks begin at 10:00 AM and end around 1:00 PM. Note: the Wildflower Walks replace the Saturday Nature walks during this time. More Info

Sunday Bird Walks

Sunday, March 8, 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

Family Nature Hike

Sunday, April 12th, 9AM - 11AM

Wildflowers, Butterflies, and Birds Oh My!

As spring begins wildflowers burst into bloom at San Bruno Mountain. On this nature hike we'll learn about pollination and predation and how this food chain is beneficial to the birds, butterflies, and wildflowers in this beautiful habitat! Heavy rain will cancel. Questions: Contact Katherine Wright at kewright-at-smcgov.org.

Join San Bruno Mountain Watch volunteers who are working to eradicate invasive plants on the mountain. Bring water and sun protection and wear sturdy shoes and layered of clothing. Meet at San Bruno Mountain Watch office, 44 Visitacion Ave, Suite 206, Brisbane.For additional information, call (415) 467-6631.

Weed Rangers

Friday, February 27 , 9AM - Noon

Saturday, February 28, 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 info@friendsofedgewood.org

Events

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

Feb. 28 • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

It's Family Fun Day! Enjoy a weekend breakfast at the Reserve then explore the tide pools. More Info

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

Supporting the Parks

We are donating money to the San Mateo County Parks! Thanks to the support of our donors we are donating just shy of $230,000 to your San Mateo County Parks. Learn More