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September in Area Park Activities

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September Activities at Half Moon Bay & Francis State Beach

Campfire Program: Astronomy Part 1 – Travel the Solar System

Saturday, September 5 at 8:30 pm Astronomy Part 1 “Travel the Solar System

Sunday, September 6 at 8:30 pm Astronomy Part 2 “Stories of the Constellations”

What comprises a Solar System? What is the Sun? What is the difference between a planet and a dwarf planet? What defiens a constellation? Discover the answers and more at our campfire program. Roast marshmallows, tell amazing stories, and unravel the mysteries of the coast.  Meet at the campfire center, north of the campground. . For more information please call (650) 726-8819 or email


Guided Walk through Pescadero Marsh

Sunday, September 6 from 10 am to Noon

Sunday, September 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm

Join docents Suzanne Black and Karen Madsen on this 1 mile stroll along the Sequoia Audubon Trail through the Pescadero Marsh. Explore this restored march along the Pacific Flyway and its remnant levees of past farming. Discover the byways of the Pescaero and Butano creeks as they race to the edge of the coast. Please bring layers, walking shoes, binoculars, and water. Rain cancels. Meet at the central Pescadero State Beach parking lot, just south of the Hwy 1 bridge that crosses Pescadero Creek. For more information call (650) 726-8819 or email


Guided Walk of the Grey Whale Cove Trail

Saturday, September 12 at 10 am

Saturday, September 26 at 10 am

Join docents Gail Stevens and Karen Madsen for a 1.5 hour, 2 mile stroll along this scenic trail through McNee Ranch State Park. Enjoy the ocean views, observe how the Ocean Shore Railroad once etched into the coastal landscape, view the remnants of WWII era bunkers, and discover the local wildlife. Meet at the Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot, at McNee Ranch, Montara State Park. Parking lot is located on Hwy 1, just south of Devil’s Slide. For more information call (650) 726-8819 or email


Guided Walk through Burleigh Murray State Park

Sunday, September 13 at 1 pm

Sunday, September 27 at 1 pm

Journey back in time along Mills Creek with docents Ginny Conboy and Sonny Mencher on this 2 hour, 2 mile stroll. Discover how the first pioneers and farming families of the California coast survived wild west in the 19th century. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins Purissima Road in Half Moon Bay. For more information call (650) 726-8819 or email


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