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An East Bay Gem: Garin Regional Park

GARIN PARK:: An amazing park full of activities and places to explore!

LOCATION: Garin Regional Park Cattlemen’s Picnic Area 1320 Garin Avenue Hayward, CA

The summer Park Hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. There is a visitor center where you can learn more about Garrin Park and its history- there are hiking trails,, a kite flying area, horse back riding trails, native plants garden and many other features. Link for more information on the Park. This is a beautiful historic park in the East Bay. To Reach the Park. . This park is beautiful with so much to do, take a look.

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!

Mt. Sutro and a Foggy Escape

Hiking in Mount Sutro Forest is a different experience than almost anywhere else in San Francisco. It’s heavily shaded under the tall trees. Looking up at the trees, some of which are 100-200 feet high, really gives a sense of being in an old, wonderful place. On a foggy day, it may be the most beautiful place in all the city. The mist wraps the tops of the trees towering overhead while you walk through the trails of a fresh wet forest in its self-contained rain. On weekdays, there  are usually few people around, so there’s a sense of splendid isolation amid towering misty trees.

   Hiking Details and Map.

How to get there:  From eastbound on Lincoln Way: Continue onto Frederick Street, Right Turn onto Stanyan Street, Park near 17th

Stanyan at 17th St.
San Francisco, California 94117

Docent Training – Taking Kids out in Nature

Would you love to share nature with children? Training is available from several amazing agencies (Mid Peninsula Open Space District) and groups like Filoli.org.

From Diane West-Bourke: Many of you have heard me talk about the “Spaces & Species” program that MidPen has for 3rd-to-5th grade school kids. It is a terrific program that needs new docents so that we can offer more classes the opportunity to spend a day in the woods.

Basic requirements for the docents are:

  • That you want to introduce kids to nature. For many of the classes, it may be their first exposure (sad but true!).
  • That you are available on Tuesdays or Thursdays during the spring and fall sessions.

Here is the “job description” from the MidPen web page:

Outdoor Education Leader-
Training starts soon, please submit an interest form NOW to receive an application along with additional details.

Orientation: Tuesday, January 8, 2012 (Date and time to be confirmed)
Training: Tuesday, January 15, 22, 29 & February 5, 12
(10:00am- 3:00pm)

An Outdoor Education Leader works as part of a team with small groups of 3rd-5th graders on a field trip (offered to schools on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the spring and fall of each year) to the Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve and the David C. Daniels Nature Center.

  • Using the District’s unique “Spaces & Species” curriculum, teach children about the natural world, providing opportunities for experiential learning (including a one mile easy-to-moderate hike) while fostering a fun atmosphere for discovery and exploration.
  • A 6-session weekday training is generally offered twice per year as interest is generated. (See upcoming training dates above)

If you are interested click on [Submit Interest Form] and/or contact Renée Fitzsimons at docent@openspace.org.

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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!

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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.


It mimics all kinds of plants. At first glance it looks like a berry, sometimes a vine, sometimes it sheds its leaves. Whether you notice it, this is the HIGH SEASON for POISON OAK.poison-oak It is along the paths in the parks and prevalent on hiking trails. Sometimes it is so bold as to hang down onto the trail, as it does in Castle Rock State Park. Watch out! Stay on the trail.

If you do touch it, do not touch your face. If you have the oil on your hands use a combination of water and soap to get the oil off. Having a bottle of Dawn dishwashing detergent diluted with water for easy cleaning is a great idea. You don’t need much of a watered down solution, you just need to get the oil off your hands.

Also, try using Bennedryl Gel, it is anti-itch and really helps calm down the skin irritation. Do not itch it, it will spread and start to make blisters if you do.

Once you are out of the woods or off the trail, take a luke warm shower, use lots of soap. If you have stepped on the leaves or their were poison oak leaves on the trail, your shoes may have the oil on them. Clean them as you would your hands. And beware, your dog can come home with the oil on their coat.

In fact, I once got poison oak from a goat. Goats can eat it and not get sick. Then the oil is on their fur. I touched the goat, and voila! I had a case of poison oak, hot red itchy skin. Ouch!

Rockville Trails Open Space?


Fairfield, Calif. – The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation recently boosted efforts by Solano Land Trust to acquire the 1,170-acre Rockville Trails property from a developer of luxury homes. Rockville Trails is the gateway to the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area (BRBNA) and is rich in biodiversity. The land is home to several sensitive and threatened species and provides unusually intact wildlife corridors that connect to other undeveloped properties in the region.

The option to purchase the property was made possible by a 2011 legal settlement. Solano Land Trust completed an initial purchase of 330 acres for $3 million in June. The Land Trust retains the right to purchase the balance of the Rockville Trails property for $10.5 million, but the purchase must be completed by February 2012. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has made a $1.98 million contribution toward that goal. At this time, the Land Trust is undertaking a fundraising campaign to raise the remaining $5.6 million in order to complete the sale.

“This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to purchase a large swath of land that protects significant wildlife corridors and watershed lands. After decades of disputes over how to develop Rockville Trails, we now have the chance to conserve this incredible property forever,” said Nicole Byrd, Executive Director of Solano Land Trust.
The Rockville Trails property is located just outside the City of Fairfield in Solano County, approximately half-way between San Francisco and Sacramento. The undeveloped site features steep hills and plateaus and is rich in biological resources, including sensitive species and rare habitats, such as broad grass savannahs as well as blue oak and coast live oak woodlands. Rockville Trails is a key entry point into the BRBNA, 800,000 acres of intact habitat that stretch from Hwy 12 in Solano County to north of Clear Lake in Lake County. The region has seen relatively little change over time due to minimal development and low population.

The property falls within watershed lands that drain into Suisun Marsh and creeks that host endangered steelhead trout. Because of the proximity to both the San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento Delta, preserving water quality in Suisun Marsh is particularly important.

The purchase would enable six miles of trails to be added to the Bay Area Ridge Trail, ultimately connecting trails and open space from Fairfield to the Napa River. The Bay Area Ridge Trail will one day connect 550 miles of trails and open space in a loop that surrounds the Bay Area, stretching as far south as San Jose. In addition to its tremendous ecological value Rockville Trails offers panoramic views stretching from Mount Diablo all the way to the Sacramento Delta.

“This project provides tremendous benefits both to people and wildlife by protecting the land that provides clean water and gives wildlife room to roam,” said Gary Knoblock of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. “People throughout the region will have the opportunity to enjoy it, and our trustees are hoping that this lead gift will inspire additional contributions, both large and small.”

If Solano Land Trust is unable to raise the remaining funds by the February 2012 deadline, the previous owner will retain the remaining 1,170 acres, including the right to build up to 185 homes on the site. For more information about Solano Land Trust, or to donate to the effort to save Rockville Trails, see http://www.solanolandtrust.org/Index.aspx.

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and cutting-edge scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The San Francisco Bay Area Land Conservation area of focus seeks to conserve the Bay Area’s unique and irreplaceable landscapes and ecosystems for future generations. For more information, visit www.moore.org.