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!

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.

Get involved in Parks on Earth Day

There is no better way to spend Earth Day than in a San Mateo County Park where you can help while enjoying the beauty.

Volunteers under 18 must have a volunteer agreement signed by a parent or guardian. Agreements can be downloaded here.

Join us April 26th at Mirada Surf for a beach clean-up. Please bring your own work gloves and buckets to help us reduce waste. Also recommended: Sunscreen, Hand Cleaner, and Bottled Water. We will have trash bags for you to use as we work together to make our oceans cleaner! More Info.


Take a Hike

Take A Hike encourages you to discover a County Park on the first Saturday each month, April through October. Participants learn about local parks and are encouraged to use the trails to stay active and healthy. This year’s schedule features one park that was not included in prior seasons.

Hikes begin at 9 a.m. and are between one to three miles long. Plan to spend at least an hour for this activity. Rangers and volunteers lead the hikes and provide information about park history and the local habitat. Bring water, dress in layers and wear comfortable shoes. We supply the beauty and fresh air courtesy our San Mateo County parks. Most hikes begin at the park’s main parking lot. More info

2014 Schedule


The 5th Annual Streets Alive! Parks Alive!

• May 3rd and 4th

Streets Alive! Parks Alive! brings bike rodeos, fitness demos, family picnics, farmer's markets and relay races to cities throughout our county. It's that time of year to get out in parks and public spaces to be active, healthy and have fun in your local community. This year there will be a range of events from Colma to Menlo Park. Streets Alive! Parks Alive! is free for all to attend and provides free and low-cost activities for the whole family to enjoy. Click here for a list of participating cities and events.


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.

Native Plant Restoration
Trail Maintenance

Edgewood Nature Walks


San Bruno Mountain Spring Flower Hikes

Come enjoy the Spring Hike Series at San Bruno Mountain, where hike leaders will take you on beautiful and educational journeys around the mountain. Learn about topics such as butterflies, ecology, politics, Ohlone culture, and wildflowers.

For everyone's enjoyment, many of the hikes have limits to the number of participants. Advance registration is required for these hikes

Please dress in layers for varied weather, bring water, and snacks/lunch if you want. There is a $6 parking fee (payable at the self-registration kiosk at the main entrance) for those hikes meeting in San Bruno Mountain State & County Park, either at the main parking lot or at the summit parking lot. Visit the Mountain Watch website for more info.

Planned Hikes:

San Bruno Mountain State and County Park

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

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.


Old Woodside Store Day

The San Mateo County Historical Association invites the public to a free day at the historic Woodside Store at the corner of Tripp Road and Kings Mountain Road in Woodside. The volunteer docent group, the Woodside Storekeepers, will greet the public and invite visitors to experience life in the 1880s. This special family day will focus on the history of the Store and the Redwood logging activities in the area. Children will enjoy cutting a log with a two-man saw, cleaving shingles with a mallet and froe, competing in a seed spitting contest, making dolls and other activities. The Woodside Store is a San Mateo County Park operated by the San Mateo County Historical Association. For more information see www.historysmc.org or call 650-299-010


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 26 • Celebrate Earth Day

Help the Parks by cleaning up the beach at Mirada Surf. More Info

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TdP is a perennial highlight of the Bay Area ride calendar. We had another great ride this year. TdP 2014 will be Sunday, August 3. Registration will open in May.

Devil's Slide Trail

The new trail is open. Learn more this new multi-use recreational and interpretive trail repurposed from an old segment of Highway 1 here. Read news coverage here and here.