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.

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.

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


Family Hike at Huddart

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 2pm-4pm

This hike is designed for families with children five years of age and older and is not suitable for jogging strollers. We will connect the Chickadee and Redwood nature trails for a distance of about 2 miles. Along the way, we be on the look out for banana slugs and turret spider nests, giant redwood trees and woodrat nests and rattlesnake grass. This is a great hike to learn abut the basics of the mixed redwood forest.

The hike will take about two hours. Meet at 2pm at the parking lot just inside the entrance kiosk. There is a $6 parking fee.


Edgewood Nature Walks

July 16, 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


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, July 9, 9AM - Noon

Native Plant Restoration

Saturday, July 16, 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, July 10, 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 info@friendsofedgewood.org

Events

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

July 2 • San Bruno Mt.

Volunteer to aid the Mountain Stewards doing habitat restoration work on the mountain. Site Preparation tasks could include weeding or planting California natives. More Info

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.