Tag Archives: open space

Hike San Bruno Mountain — Sat July 11

There is lots to do up here! Yes it is windy, but if you come prepared, you’ll love the views of the Bay and SF, the hikes (there are 4) and the ranger talks / walks. There is a wide variety of scenery, and a fairly level walk around the mountain from the parking lot.   This mountain is quite amazing, it is the largest open space district in San Mateo County. The park itself is shared by the county and state.


  1. TAKE A HIKE program Comes to San Bruno Mountain on JULY 11 at 9AM
  2. San Bruno Mountain Watch
  3. BA HIKER – 4 trails on San Bruno Mountain  –Summit, Bog Loop, Saddle Loop and all around.
  4. STATE PARK Information
  5. Read about the endangered species, that calls Twin Peaks and San Bruno Mountain – HOME!
  6. EVENT:   Mission Blue-Berry Pancake Breakfast & Native Plant Sale, Aug9

Adults are $10 and children (12 and under) are $5.
Purchase tickets online or at the door.

Sunday, August 9th
9am to 2pm
Mission Blue Nursery
near 3401 Bayshore Blvd

Our Mission Blue Native Plant Nursery will also be open for plant sales! Plants and pancakes – that’s good!

Measure AA – Public Education Reminder

From the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD)

This is OUR Open space — which we pay for with our TAXES:

As District Volunteers and Docents and people that love the great outdoors, you possess a rich amount of knowledge regarding the District’s history, mission and goals.  We are asking for your help in educating the general public about the District’s Measure AA, which will appear on the June 3, 2014 ballot.  This is an important time for the District, and once again, we turn to you for help in ensuring the public is informed about Measure AA.

Please be sure to review the Measure AA web page, so you feel comfortable informing the public and answering any questions you receive regarding this important measure. This informative web page contains an overview of the ballot measure, including information regarding the reasons for, benefits of, and targeted projects involved.  You can inform visitors of the web page site and/or, we can send you brouchures.  The District has information brochures that summarize Measure AA and are available to all volunteers to hand out to the public. To request brochures, CLICK HERE.

More about MROSD EVENTS:

Daniels Nature Center Season Begins

The David C. Daniels Nature Center, has opened for the season ( starting Saturday, April 5, 2014). Come by and visit us on Saturdays and.or Sundays from 12:00 noon until 5:00 pm during spring and summer, and 11:00 am to 4:00 pm in the fall. The Nature center is a great place to learn, there are picnic tables nearby, and a wonderful pond that you can walk around.

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring

On Saturday, May 10, join the District and Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society and other environmental organizations at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve for a day of family fun and discovery focused on birds!

Open Space District WANTS YOU!

Carnivore Research Project

Preserve Outreach Booths

Outdoor Activity Docent

We have some fantastic new volunteer opportunities for this spring!  Please review the information below and let us know as quickly as possible if you are interested in participating.  Many thanks and have a great spring.

Carnivore Research Project

We recently received notice of Santa Cruz Puma Project’s (SCPP) new Conservation Scat’ research project. Justine Smith, a PhD student with SCPP, is the lead on a new project aimed at understanding how smaller carnivores (such as coyotes, bobcats, and foxes) interact with each other in a fragmented landscape.  Justine is primarily interested in analyzing changes in carnivore diet, so she needs extensive collections of carnivore scat.  The purpose of the research is to investigate the impact of humans on animal communities as a whole in order to have a more holistic approach to conservation.

Justine would like our help gathering carnivore scat on selected District preserves, and we would like to find out if some of you would be interested in participating.  Justine will provide training and work directly with small groups of volunteers preparing the trails (clearing existing scat) and returning to collect samples.  Her goal is to schedule and coordinate late April – August project dates, but the specifics will not be finalized until we determine how many volunteers are interested. This will determine the number of trails we monitor.
If you are interested in participating, please CLICK HERE and complete the short survey.  You can also contact Justine directly with any questions you have about the research project.

Preserve Outreach Booths

We have a lot of important news and information to share with the public. Of special concern to our neighbors and visitors is information about the link between a common rodenticide and the decline in the bobcat population at our open space preserves and even county and state parks. We’ll provide information about the connection and pest control alternatives. We’ll also get the word out about other new doings at the district: the Vision Plan, new brochures for multilingual audiences and upcoming activities.

To review the dates/locations and sign up, please CLICK HERE.

Outdoor Activity Docent

Cross-train for MROSD – become an OUTDOOR ACTIVITY DOCENT !! Increase and share your love of Open Space by taking on an new role or encouraging friends to become an Outdoor Activity Docent! We still have a few spots left in our 2014 Training Program beginning on April 10.
To find out more about this exciting opportunity, CLICK HERE.

These programs are very well run, interesting, and you get to be outside with other nature-lovers! Just Do It! You’ll really be glad you joined this group. With almost 70,000 acres of open space, you’ll see beautiful vistas and enjoy people!  –-the editor

Paul McKowan, Volunteer Programs Manager
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
volunteer@openspace.org | (650) 691-1200

Windy Hill Open Space Preserve to Spring Ridge-Hamms Gulch Loop

This loop starts in Portola Valley and climbs to the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains, then drops sharply back through grassland. Very pretty and cool in summer fog. This 7.2 mile loop hike is moderate, with about 1400 feet in elevation change.
Its in Portola Valley, Part of the MROSD – Open Space District. From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit Alpine Road (exit 22). Drive west about 3 miles, and turn right at the first stop sign, onto Portola. Drive about 0.8 mile, and turn left into the parking lot.

Conservation with Homes Brings a Higher Price

Follow the money! It may help us start the conservation and preservation discussion in building! This discussion is looking at homes in neighborhoods with Protected Open Space (compared to conventional rural residential projects across the five counties).

FORT COLLINS (March 5, 2013) – Homes in neighborhoods that incorporate protected open space command prices 20 to 29 percent higher than those without open space, according to a new study by a Colorado State University multidisciplinary research team that included Wildlife Conservation Society scientist, Sarah Reed.

Conservation development is an approach to the design, construction, and stewardship of a development that protects natural resources while also providing social and economic benefits to people. The properties in this study specifically incorporated protected open space into the design of the neighborhood.

The study, which was funded by the National Association of Realtors and CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability, evaluated home sales in more than 200 developments across Colorado. Researchers chose Chaffee, Douglas, Larimer, Mesa and Routt counties as a representative sample of Colorado communities and because they had large numbers of conservation developments.

“Our study shows that people are willing to pay more to live in subdivisions that incorporate conservation elements,” said Sarah Reed, a study co-author, faculty affiliate in the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Department at CSU and Associate Conservation Scientist with the Wildlife Conservation Society. “This may provide an extra incentive for developers, real estate professionals and lending institutions to market this type of development.”

Other results from the study indicated that increased sales prices for homes in conservation development projects varied among counties (9 to 51 percent) and that a greater number of homes and lots sold per conservation development project vs. conventional development projects between 1998 and 2011.

The study appears in the peer-reviewed Journal of Sustainable Real Estate. Reed and Liba Pejchar, assistant professor in the Warner College of Natural Resources, served as principal investigators on the project. The lead author of the study paper is Christopher Hannum, a CSU economics doctoral student. Co-authors include Lindsay Ex, a senior environmental planner with the City of Fort Collins, and Steven Laposa of Alvarez & Marsal Real Estate Advisory Services in Denver.

Reed and Pejchar lead a Global Challenges Research Team on Conservation Development, a group of 20 researchers from nine departments in five colleges at CSU that is synthesizing data on existing conservation development practices, establishing a rigorous scientific basis for evaluating conservation development designs and policies, and engaging with land use planning, development, and conservation practitioners to inform the design of future projects in the United States and around the world. For more information, go to http://cd.colostate.edu.

“This is the kind of collaborative research at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability that is solving big global challenges and getting the solutions into the hands of people who need them,” said Diana Wall, University Distinguished Professor and founding director of the school.

Future projects will assess whether conservation development subdivisions are achieving conservation benefits.


The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth. Visit www.wcs.org.

About the School of Global Environmental Sustainability The school, known as SoGES, galvanizes all eight colleges at Colorado State to provide interdisciplinary research and education on problem-solving for sustainable issues, preparing students to address the multiple economic, environmental and societal challenges of global sustainability through engagement in broad-based research and technology, curricular and outreach initiatives.

SF Bay Ridge Trail

Connecting People, Parks and Open Spaces
Step by step, a spectacular trail is taking shape on the ridgelines above San Francisco Bay. Today, 340 miles of Ridge Trail are open for hikers, cyclists, and equestrians to enjoy – and protected for future generations. This effort has been going on for decades, and the trails are being linking into a huge continuous circle… learn more!

bay area ridge trail

Completing the Ridge Trail Loop
The Bay Area Ridge Trail connects and helps protect open space and wildlife habitat all around San Francisco Bay. It offers breathtaking vistas, stunning landscapes, and easy access to nature for short outings as well as epic adventures.

The Ridge Trail Council partners with park agencies, land trusts, and volunteers to plan, build, sustain, and promote the trail. There are many events, talks, seminars  and work parties to boost awareness, invite exploration, and inspire passion for trails and open space.

Lend a hand
The Council depends on trail enthusiasts like you, willing to lend a hand as a volunteer and/or to provide financial support. You can make donations, get involved, check on the progress “like” on FB and more… go to RidgeTrail.org

You’ll keep current – there is alot happening and you can find new places to explore, print maps, check out the interactive trail map tool, or learn about trail progress and upcoming trail events.

6th Annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Music Festival in Oakland June 3+4

Celebrate the very best in Bluegrass, it’s a day of fun and music the whole family can enjoy!

Back and better than ever, this year’s festival includes performances by Marley’s Ghost, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, The Kathy Kallick Band, The Tuttles with AJ Lee, and Arann Harris & the Farm Band. The event will also offer a ton of family-friendly activities like pony rides, face painting and tours of the historic Dunsmuir-Hellman Estate.

LOCATION: 2960 Peralta Oaks Court  Oakland, CA  US 94605

Whether you’re 55, 15 or 5, you’ll be tapping your toes, bobbing your head and having a good ol’ time with friends, family and neighbors.

Proceeds from the event sponsor the Greenbelt Alliance, San Francisco Bay Area’s advocate of open spaces and vibrant places for 50 years. So pack up your car, invite everyone you know and get ready to party down with a Bluegrass beat.

Coyote Ridge Hike April 4

Upcoming Events

Coyote Ridge Hike
Saturday, April 4 • 9am–1pm

You’re invited to a special hike up to the top of Coyote Ridge, which provides prime habitat for the threatened Bay Checkerspot butterfly, and beautiful views of Coyote and Santa Clara Valleys. Sponsored by the Committee for Green Foothills, you can add your name to their mailing list for future hikes & events.

Go take a Hike! San Bruno Mountain

San Bruno Mountain AerialSan Bruno Mountain. Big, green and beautiful…. you’ve probably never been there. The great views, empty hiking trails and misty retreats make this one of my favorite spots to clear my head. Located at the Gateway to the Peninsula [Daly City] easy to reach from 101 through Brisbane, near the Cow Palace or from 280 – Mission St. exit and head east toward the Mountain. Get there and enjoy. There are endangered plants and a butterfly in this area,. Picnic tables lawn area, easy parking and big changes in elevation. A jacket and water are recommended!

This mountain is host to several endanjgered species, the Mission Blue butterfly is one of them, it only feasts on lupines, and so its habitat is dwindling with additional development. This little butterfly struggles to survive, being a picky eater and quite small.
*Please bring water, wear shoes or boots with sturdy soles and gripping tread. For more information on San Bruno Mountain, the ecosystem, events and local hikes, check in with the SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN WATCH.PLEASE NOTE: there is a $6 parking fee at this park. Bring cash to put in an envelope in case the ranger is not there. We need to pay even if the kiosk is unattended.
It’s not in San Bruno, (its bounded by Daly City, Brisbane and South SF) however, let’s get acquainted with this great area!
Come join us on a Saturday morning hike in the San Bruno Mountain State Park!
This 3.5 mile is a very nice climb, however, several sections are steep.
San Bruno Mountain, is the largest open space area in San Mateo Ccunty.
The trail surface is dirt, and the trails are exposed with a few groves of Eucalyptus along the way. This beautiful mountain may have patches of fog, which often burn off as we hike. It may be windy, so dress in layers.Bring:Water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen

It’s sweltering hot everywhere, but this beautiful mountain still has some mist and a view of the ocean. It is a mountain with history, beloved by hikers, and such a great view of SF and the bay area spreading out at your feet. panoramic There are views of the ocean, the Marin headlands, downtown SF, and San Francisco Bay every step is worth it, feeling like you are on top of the world is absolutely priceless.

And while you are thinking about this great expanse of open space — rent the classic movie BULLITT with Steve McQueen, guess where they have the last crazy car chase? — Guadalupe Canyon Parkway… over San Bruno Mountain. –editor