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, May 14, 9AM - Noon

Native Plant Restoration

Saturday, May 21, 9AM - Noon

San Pedro Valley Park is located at 600 Oddstad Blvd, Pacifica. More Info


Take a Hike

Join park rangers and docents on a monthly hike that combines exercise and the information about the park’s unique features and natural history. Take A Hike encourages individuals and families to discover a new park, reacquaint with a familiar park and enjoy the outdoors.

Dr. Eshwar Kapur from Kaiser Permanente returns to the 2016 season to share tips on remaining active while avoiding injuries and how to prepare for your outdoor activity. Take A Hike is a member of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area collaborative of Bay Area park agencies encouraging Bay Area residents to explore parks while improving their mental and physical health.

Outdoor exercise news: A recent study conducted by researchers at Stanford University found that the benefits of walking in nature go beyond those of physical exercise. Read a New York Times article about the Stanford study and the positive effects walking in wooded and green environments can have on our mental well-being.

Upcoming Hikes

Take A Hike begins at 9am in main parking lot of park—look for the Take A Hike signs. After warm-up exercises, we start hiking at approximately 9:15am. With the exception of July, all hikes occur on the first Saturday of each month, March through November.

May 7 – San Bruno Mountain Park, Brisbane

June 4 – Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, Moss Beach

July 9* – Junipero Serra Park, San Bruno

August 6 – Wunderlich Park, Woodside

September 3 – San Pedro Valley Park, Pacifica

October 1 – Edgewood Park, Redwood City

November 5 – Memorial Park, Loma Mar

*Second Saturday to avoid July 4th weekend


Trail Center

Saturday May 14 Sam McDonald County: Park Forest Trail

The Trail Center and its volunteers give back to the land much needed care and maintenance of trails. Trail work is the perfect blend of community service, outdoor awareness, conservation, physical exercise and camaraderie set in places of natural beauty. You, too, can be part of this effort. More Info


San Pedro Valley Talks

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Local Estuaries and Global Warming

Dr. Mike Vasey presents studies of local estuaries and global warming.


Movies In the Park: Minions

Saturday, May 21, 2016, 8PM–10PM

Join us for a fun movie night in Flood Park with the film, Minions! Bring blankets to reserve your spot on the lawns in front of the Adobe Office in the middle of the park.

Register for the event at our Eventbrite page. Heavy Rain will cancel the event.


Folger Stable Talk: Iron Road, Stone Walls

Sunday, April 24 4:00PM

The Folger Stable Speaker Series returns with a fascinating presentation by Stanford University Professor, Dr. Gordon Chang. Learn about The Chinese Railroad Workers in North America project which seeks to give a voice to the Chinese migrants who helped shape the physical and social landscape of the American West. Sunday, April 24 at 4PM at Wunderlich Park. Please RSVP here.


Hike with the Friends of Huddart & Wunderlich Parks

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 9am-11am

Family Hike at Wunderlich Park

This hike is designed for families and children of all ages. The hike is a 1.5 mile mile loop. Children are encouraged to come with their parents and jogging strollers are welcome. The hike will combine information on both the history of this wonderful park and the plants and animals that live here. This hike, which will take about 1.5 hours, is rated easy with a gradual climb of a few hundred feet. Meet at 9:00am at the stable.

Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2PM-5PM

Challenge Hike at Huddart Park

This hike is for the serious hiker. This loop is about 5 miles and gains several hundred feet. Along the way, we will observe and compare the common trees - bay, redwood, madrone, fir, coast live oak, and tan bark oak and what grows under them. In addition, this park produced thousands of board feet of redwood which was cut and shipped to San Francisco. Along the way we will talk about the skidrow, spring boards, flumes, donkey engines, anchor trees and how these hills were striped of their redwood in short order. This hike, which will take about 2.5 hours is rated strenuous. Meet at the Zwierlein trail head in Huddart Park at 2PM and plan for a three mile hike. There is a $6 parking fee at Huddart.


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 Springtime Wildflower Walks

Saturday and Sunday, from March 12 through June 5

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. Walks begin at 10:00 AM and end around 1:00 PM. More Info


Edgewood Sunday Bird Walks

Sunday, May 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


Breakfast At Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 10:30AM–12:30PM

Come visit the reserve and learn more about harbor seals and pupping season! Snacks will be available at the entrance to the reserve off of California Avenue.


San Bruno Mountain State and County Park


Weed Rangers

Friday, May 27, 9AM - Noon

Saturday, May 28, 9AM - Noon

Join the SSF Weed Warriors and help restore habitat on the beautiful slopes of San Bruno Mountain, the South San Francisco side. Learn about native plants as we weed out exotic species that invade endangered butterfly habitat. See the San Bruno Mountain Watch calendar for more info.


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.

April 30 • Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Come visit the reserve and learn more about harbor seals and pupping season! Snacks will be available at the entrance to the Reserve off California Avenue. More Info

Silicon Valley Gives Day

Get your checkbook ready. On May 3, we will taking part in Silicon Valley Gives Day. Check out this video for more info while you wait for the day.

Spring Newsletter

Our Spring Newsletter is out. You can read it on-line here.