Park Events

February

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
Sunday, February 2 at 10am
Sunday, February 16 at 1pm
Enjoy an easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve and visit popular spots for good bird watching. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach
Saturday, February 8 at 10am
Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil’s Slide. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

Beach Clean-Up Day
Tuesday, February 11 at 10am
Join the California State Parks’ “Refuse Reduction Group” in cleaning up Francis Beach. We will talk about trash concerns and solutions. Please bring your own buckets, gloves, and garbage grabbers. Meet at visitor center. Heavy rain cancels. Free event. Free day-use parking for event volunteers. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property
Sunday, February 23 at 10am
Take a journey back in time on this 2.5-mile stroll along Mills Creek Trail to discover the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled here in the 19th century. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

Junior Rangers Program
Monday, February 24 at 3pm
Calling all 7 to 12 year olds! Join California State Parks staff at your local library to learn about plastics in the ocean environment and what you can do about it. Create a group art project for Half Moon Bay State Park with plastic waste. Meet at the Half Moon Bay Public Library. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

March

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve
Sunday, March 1 at 10am
Sunday, March 15 at 1pm
Enjoy an easy 2-mile hike along the California coast into the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve and visit popular spots for good bird watching. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the Pescadero State Beach central parking lot on Highway 1, approximately 0.25 miles north of Pescadero Creek Road. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

McNee Ranch at Montara State Beach
Saturday, March 14 at 10am
Join us for an easy 2-mile hike along the scenic Gray Whale Cove Trail. Discover ocean views, coastal plants, wildlife, and historic sites. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at Gray Whale Cove State Beach parking lot on Highway 1 just south of the Devil’s Slide. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

Burleigh H. Murray Ranch Park Property
Sunday, March 22 at 10am
Take a journey back in time on this 2.5-mile stroll along Mills Creek Trail to discover the lives of early pioneers and farming families who first settled here in the 19th century. Bring water and good walking shoes and dress for the weather. Meet at the Burleigh Murray parking lot located on Higgins-Purisima Road 1.5 miles east of Highway 1 near Half Moon Bay. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

Junior Rangers Program
Monday, March 16 at 3pm
Calling all 7 to 12 year olds! Who in the world is Ynes Mejia? Join California State Parks staff at your local library to learn about this little known, but fascinating, plant collector! She collected rare plants in California and Latin America and was recently featured in a Google Doodle. Meet at the Half Moon Bay Public Library. Free event. For more information, call (650) 726-8814. Event made possible by Coastside State Parks Association and California State Parks.

 

Annual Events

Coastal Wildflower Day
Saturday, April 25 from 10am to 2:30pm
The seventh annual Coastal Wildflower Day celebrates the native wildflowers of the San Mateo coast with activities for the whole family. Discover the beauty and special features that help plants thrive in a windy, sandy, salty environment. Events and activities include live music, dance performances, a food truck, artwork, games and educational activities for youth, guided nature walks, resources to help you grow your own native plants, and a native plant sale. Event is held at Francis State Beach located at 95 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. Heavy rain cancels. Free event. Vehicle day-use fee is $10. Hike or bike to park for free! For more information and a schedule of events, visit www.CoastalWildflowerDay.org, call (650) 726-8814, or email HMBParksVolunteer@parks.ca.gov. Event is made possible by Coastside State Parks Association, California Native Plant Society: Santa Clara Valley Chapter, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, and California State Parks.