We are committed to conserving and improving the quality of our County Parks for current and future generations to enjoy. Since its founding in 1998, the Foundation and its members have provided millions of dollars in support for our parks.
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Thanks to contributions from the community, the Foundation has provided more than $10 million to Support Our Parks. See a history of our accomplishments here.
You can also support our core programs through a donation directly to us via PayPal here or by check to San Mateo County Parks Foundation, 215 Bay Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025.
The Sunday closure of Cañada Road between Filoli Gardens and Highway 92 provides a safe venue for children and families to enjoy bicycling. More than 60,000 people annually enjoy a safe, beautiful biking, skating or jogging opportunity. These weekly events have proven to be a popular family biking destination, providing a safe place for younger riders to learn and strengthen their bicycling skills. Bicycle Sunday is also a popular starting location for longer rides enjoyed by experienced riders. Watch our video about Bicycle Sunday.
Supporting the San Mateo County Parks Volunteer Program
Through grants and recruitment efforts, the Foundation supports County Parks' efforts to involved individual and community groups in our parks. We are now raising funds to support the Parks' new stewardship component for trail and habitat volunteer work days - funding project planning, tools, materials, and training. Find out more about volunteering, or support the volunteer program.
Student Conservation Association Matching Funds
By supporting this important youth job training program, the Foundation is helping to provide hands-on training, mentorship, and educational opportunities for 30 school-aged crew members each year. These crews work on habitat projection and park improvement projects throughout our parks while also learning about environmental careers. Read the final report from summer 2015 here.
Support this project today.
Gifts to the Foundation also support studies, plans, environmental review, and other special projects in San Mateo County Parks, helping to close funding gaps and providing leverage that allows the County to take advantage of special opportunities or address an emergency. You can help with a gift.
Building a maintenance fund for the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve
Since opening in spring 2011, more than 30,000 park visitors have enjoyed this wonderful new education center, designed to be a year-round portal to the natural resources of Edgewood. The interactive exhibits at the Center, which is both green and fully-accessible, support docent-led educational programs for youth and adults as well as local field-based learning, and the native garden provides an opportunity for exploring Edgewood's unique flora.
Check out the 3 educational videos about Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve we recently produced for use in the Center.
- The Bay Checkerspot Butterfly: On the edge of survival
- Restoration at Edgewood: Protecting our natural resources
- Woodrats: The innkeepers of the woods