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.

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


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.

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


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, June 11, 9AM - Noon

Native Plant Restoration

Saturday, June 18, 9AM - Noon

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


San Pedro Valley Walks/Talks

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Zoonoses

Dr. Shannon Bennett speaks on diseases jumping from other animals to us.


History Hike at Wunderlich Park

Saturday, June 4, 2016, 9AM-11AM

You are invited to join in this hike which will feature the history of Wunderlich Park. From 1841 when John Copinger received a land grant of 12,545 acres to 1974 when Martin Wunderlich gifted 942 acres to San Mateo County to be used as a park, this property with beautiful stands of mixed redwoods, madrones and oaks attracted loggers and farmers ... the poor and needy and the rich and famous. The first sheriff of San Francisco lived here and the first lumber mill on the peninsula was near by. We will hike through the history of the Folger family and answer many questions such as why we have so many eucalyptus trees, what happened at Salamander Flat and what is that old building near the parking lot.

This hike will take about two hours and will cover 2.5 miles with a moderate climb of a few hundred feet. Meet at 9am at the stable.


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, June 12, 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, June 24, 9AM - Noon

Saturday, June 25, 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


Trail Center

Saturday June 25 Sam McDonald Park

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

Events

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

June 4 •Take A Hike

This month's Take A Hike is at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Come along and enjoy the Reserve while learning more about the sea life there. 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.