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Events made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California State Parks Docents, and California State Parks.

All events are free, a $10 parking fee is enforced at certain state parks. Biking and walking is encouraged. For more information regarding events and activities, please call (650) 726-8819 or email

Events & Activities along the San Mateo Coast

Junior Rangers
Play games, learn about our coastal environment, create fun crafts, learn how to use scientific tools all while making friends your own age during this one- hour program for kids ages 7-12. Please be sure your child is dressed for fun and ready to get messy. Junior Rangers gather at more than 70 California State Parks. Earn your logbook and badge at your first program and begin your Junior Ranger journey.
Thursday, November 17 at 3:30 pm (535 Kelly Street Half Moon Bay CA 94019)

Little Ocean Explorers
Imagine, play, learn and explore during this thirty-minute program for children ages 3-6 and their families. Youngsters will be introduced to the beach and discover the California coastline.
Thursday, November 17 at 3:30 pm (535 Kelly Street Half Moon Bay CA 94019)

Guided Hike along the Gray Whale Cove Trail
Saturday, December 10 at 10 am
Join us for a moderate two mile, two hour hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail at McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach.  Enjoy ocean views, coastal plants, and wildlife on this picturesque hike. Leftovers from the Ocean Shore Railroad and WWII era bunkers will take you back in time along this trail.  Please meet on the north side of the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of Devil’s Slide tunnel.

Guided Hike in Burleigh Murray State Park
Sunday, November 27 at 10 am

Join us on a leisurely two and a half mile, two hour hike along Mills Creek at Burleigh H. Murray Ranch State Park. Enjoy one of our area’s hidden treasures as you learn about the lives of the first pioneers and farming families.  Please meet at the Burleigh Murray State Park parking lot, located in south east Half Moon Bay. From Highway 1 turn east on Higgins Purisima Road and you will reach the park in about 1.5 miles.    

Guided Hike through Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
Sunday, November 20 at 1 pm
Sunday, December 4 at 10 am
Sunday, December 18 at 1 pm

Join us for a one mile, two hour guided walk along the Sequoia Audubon Trail in the Pescadero Marsh, an important stop along the Pacific Flyway. Learn about the fascinating human history of the Marsh from the days of the Ohlone to the present. Discover the byways of the Pescadero and Butano Creeks as they flow through this restored marsh to meet the Pacific Ocean. We suggest that you dress in layers, wear walking shoes, and bring binoculars and water. Dogs are not permitted. All walks will take place weather permitting. Please meet at the Central Pescadero State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 approximately 0.25 mile north of the junction with Pescadero Road. 

Annual Events

Coastal Wildflower Day
Saturday April 15, 2017 from 10 am to 4 pm
Discover more about the seaside survivors unique beauty and special features that help them thrive in a windy, sandy, salty environment. This event is filled with activities for the entire family, including: games and educational activities for youth, a habitat restoration project, guided wildflower walks, resources to help you grow your own native plants, artwork, and a native plant sale. Donations for native plants will support the State Beach native plant nursery, which raises plants for restoration projects along the coast. Most activities begin at the Half Moon Bay State Beach visitor center. Event is free; parking is $10. Biking and walking is encouraged. For more information, please call (650) 726-8804, or e-mail Coastal Wildflower Day is co-sponsored by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks and is also supported by the California Native Plant Society Santa Clara Valley Chapter.