Black History Month

Buffalo Soldiers

Buffalo Soldiers in Yosemite in 1903

Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ravenswood Open Space Preserve
East Palo Alto
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

From Buffalo Soldiers to George Washington Carver, African Americans have a rich history in conservation. Find out more about African Americans who pioneered conservation in America as Midpen with special guests Supervisor Warren Slocum, and Henrietta Burroughs, founder of the East Palo Alto Center for Community Media, celebrates Black History Month and the Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative.

This free family event will offer

  • A guided hike with free kids binoculars along an easy, wheelchair and stroller accessible trail
  • Children’s activities
  • Bird-watching from viewing platforms along the salt marsh
  • Snacks and Hot Chocolate
  • Giveaways and crafts!

California Buffalo Soldiers Association

A special appearance by the California Buffalo Soldiers Association, will pay tribute to the African-American regiments responsible for patrolling our first national parks, and whose historic horseback journey took them from Yosemite, through the Diablo Range and up the Peninsula on El Camino Real.

Please note
Dogs are not allowed on this Preserve. Heavy rain will cancel the event.

For more information
Please call the District at (650) 691-1200, or email us at

If you have any accessibility questions or needs, please contact Teresa Gibson at

Directions and Parking
To reach the southern portion of the Preserve, take the University Avenue exit (toward East Palo Alto) from Highway 101. (From southbound Highway 101, turn left on University Avenue. From northbound Highway 101, the freeway exit will dead-end into the stoplight for Donohoe Street. Turn left on Donohoe Street, then turn right on University Avenue.) Continue on University Avenue (north) for about 3 long blocks. Turn right on Bay Road. Follow Bay Road to the very end, continuing through gate RW01 (about 1 mile total). Note: Bay Road narrows and becomes a dirt road. The Preserve parking area is on the left.

Hope to see you there!

Healthy Parks, Health People

Healthy Parks Healthy People
Midpen is part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People regional initiative to help all local residents experience the wide range of benefits from outdoor activities.   Positive connections to nature have been shown to improve physical health, create family bonding opportunities, raise environmental awareness and even reduce stress.

Learn more about Healthy Parks Healthy People.


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