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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Movies in the Park: Quarry Park

Join us for a fun movie night in Quarry Park! Bring blankets to reserve your spot on the Quarry Floor, about a 5 minute walk from the main parking lot.

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 8pm to 10pm How To Train Your Dragon

Register on Eventbrite

This is a free event. Heavy Rain will cancel.

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.

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

Edgewood Nature Walks

August 14, 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

Herpetology Hike at Edgewood Park

Saturday, July 23, 1PM to 3PM

Come Meet the Scaly and Slimy Creatures of Edgewood Park!

Join us for a nature hike at Edgewood Park, where you will learn about the different reptiles and amphibians that call the park their home. We'll look for all the ones we can find on a Ranger-led hike through the grasslands and oak woodlands.

Register for this free event here.

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 13, 9AM - Noon

Native Plant Restoration

Saturday, August 20, 9AM - Noon

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

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 Sunday Bird Walks

Sunday, August 14, 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 22, 9AM - Noon

Saturday, July 23, 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

Events There are many events for you to participate in and opportunities to volunteer to help the parks. See our Facebook page for more info and check the Parks website for more events.

Silicon Valley Gives Day

Thank you for helping the San Mateo County Parks Foundation raise nearly $8,000 as part of Silicon Valley Gives 2016! We met both of our matching grants and we owe it all to you!

Spring Newsletter

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