docent-led hike

Scroll down to see the many FREE Docent-led Activities on Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District preserves. All activities are led by trained volunteer docents and are free of charge. Some activities require reservations. Please refer to the Reservation Information page for full details.

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Weather/Trail Condition Policy

For all Docent-led activities - Heavy or ongoing rain at the activity site cancels the activity. In the event of light rain or the threat of rain, docents will meet participants at the meeting place and the determination will be made at that time. For mountain bike or horseback rides - Heavy rain within two days prior cancels the activity.

August
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Wed, 8/24
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Saratoga Gap Preserve 5.5
Sat, 8/27
10:00am to 11:00am
Walk with a Doc Russian Ridge Preserve 1
Sat, 8/27
10:00am to 1:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike for Families Los Trancos Preserve 3
Sat, 8/27
11:00am to 12:30pm
Horseshoe Lake All Access Walk Skyline Ridge Preserve 1.3
Tue, 8/30
10:00am to 3:30pm
Cool Breezes Over The Hill Windy Hill Preserve 9
September
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sat, 9/3
10:00am to 3:00pm
Redwood Oxygen Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 5.3
Sat, 9/3
5:00pm to 10:30pm
Arachnophilia! Monte Bello Preserve 4
Sun, 9/4
10:00am to 12:00pm
Bear Creek Redwoods History Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve 1-2
Sun, 9/4
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Wed, 9/7
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Down Low Windy Hill Preserve 4.5
Sat, 9/10
9:00am to 2:00pm
Hidden in the Woods El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 4.1
Sat, 9/10
10:00am to 11:00am
Walk with a Doc El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 1
Sat, 9/10
5:00pm to 7:30pm
Sunset Ride Fremont Older Preserve 7
Tue, 9/13
10:00am to 1:00pm
Nature's Garden Monte Bello Preserve 4
Wed, 9/14
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike I Long Ridge Preserve 5
Fri, 9/16
8:30am to 12:30pm
Birds on Migration Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4.2
Fri, 9/16
4:00pm to 10:00pm
Late Summer Evening Hike La Honda Creek Preserve 6
Sat, 9/17
10:00am to 2:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike for Families Skyline Ridge Preserve 2.5
Sat, 9/17
6:15pm to 9:15pm
Moonlight Hike To Black Mountain Monte Bello Preserve 6
Sun, 9/18
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ohlone Footsteps Skyline Ridge Preserve 2
Wed, 9/21
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Up High Windy Hill Preserve 4.2
Fri, 9/23
4:45pm to 7:00pm
Autumn History Ride Fremont Older Preserve 12
Sat, 9/24
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Dark Skies at Night Russian Ridge Preserve 2.5
Wed, 9/28
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Coal Creek Preserve 5
October
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sat, 10/1
10:00am to 12:00pm
Wisdom of the Watershed Picchetti Ranch Preserve 3
Sat, 10/1
2:00pm to 4:00pm
Climate Change and the Bay Ravenswood Open Space Preserve 2.4
Sat, 10/1
5:15pm to 10:30pm
Nature Observation Skyline Ridge Preserve 4
Sun, 10/2
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Tue, 10/4
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Signs of Fall Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4.5
Wed, 10/5
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: A Four Park Loop Saratoga Gap Preserve 5
Sun, 10/9
9:30am to 2:30pm
Exploring Habitats and History Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 7
Sun, 10/9
10:00am to 3:00pm
Oaks of Monte Bello Monte Bello Preserve 4
Sun, 10/9
10:00am to 12:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike for Families Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve 1-2 miles
Tue, 10/11
10:00am to 3:30pm
Cool Forests and Beautiful Views Monte Bello Preserve 9
Wed, 10/12
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike I Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4
Fri, 10/14
10:00am to 2:00pm
Ohlone Medicine Long Ridge Preserve 5
Sat, 10/15
10:00am to 2:00pm
California Grizzly - Legends and Lore Long Ridge Preserve 5
Sat, 10/15
4:45pm to 10:30pm
Nature at Night Monte Bello Preserve 3.5
Sat, 10/15
6:15pm to 9:45pm
By the Light of The Moon Monte Bello Preserve 5
Sun, 10/16
9:30am to 12:00pm
Oak Trees and Acorn Maidens Monte Bello Preserve 4
Sun, 10/16
10:30am to 12:30pm
Straddling the Ridge Skyline Ridge Preserve 2
Tue, 10/18
9:00am to 3:00pm
Fall at Black Mountain Rancho San Antonio Preserve 11
Wed, 10/19
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Early Autumn Skyline Ridge Preserve 4
Sun, 10/23
10:00am to 3:00pm
Waterwheel Downhill Picchetti Ranch Preserve 18
Wed, 10/26
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Russian Ridge Preserve 6
Fri, 10/28
9:00am to 1:00pm
Breezes on the Hill Windy Hill Preserve 7
Sat, 10/29
10:00am to 3:00pm
Search for the Everlasting Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4
Sun, 10/30
10:00am to 1:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike for Families Los Trancos Preserve 2
November
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Wed, 11/2
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Autumn in the Forest El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 4
Sat, 11/5
8:30am to 1:00pm
Umunhum Barlow Explorer Sierra Azul Preserve 5
Sat, 11/5
10:00am to 3:00pm
Redwood Oxygen Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 5.3
Sun, 11/6
9:00am to 3:00pm
Signs of the Winter Forest Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 8.5
Sun, 11/6
9:30am to 12:00pm
Walking with John Muir Picchetti Ranch Preserve 2-3 miles
Sun, 11/6
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Wed, 11/9
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike I Fremont Older Preserve 5
Fri, 11/11
10:00am to 1:00pm
Shaping Ecosystems: A Past Perspective Skyline Ridge Preserve 3.0
Sat, 11/12
10:00am to 2:00pm
Fall on the Hill Windy Hill Preserve 4.5
Sat, 11/12
10:00am to 2:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike for Families Skyline Ridge Preserve 3
Sun, 11/13
10:00am to 3:00pm
Fall Ride at ECdMC El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 13
Sun, 11/13
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Signs of Fall Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4.5
Wed, 11/16
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Annual Turkey Trot Rancho San Antonio Preserve 5-6
Sat, 11/19
10:00am to 12:00pm
Looking for Clues in Nature Picchetti Ranch Preserve 2.5
Sat, 11/19
10:00am to 1:00pm
A Christmas Tree Farm Through Time Skyline Ridge Preserve 3-4
Sun, 11/20
9:00am to 12:00pm
Creature Feature 2.5
Sun, 11/20
10:00am to 12:00pm
Bear Creek Redwoods History Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve 1-2 miles
Tue, 11/22
10:00am to 2:30pm
Pre-Holiday Workout Long Ridge Preserve 8
Wed, 11/23
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Sierra Azul Preserve 5
Tue, 11/29
10:00am to 3:00pm
After Thanksgiving Workout Sierra Azul Preserve 11

Groups

If you have a group of 8 or more people who would like to attend a docent-led activity listed in Outdoor Activities, please contact the Docent Programs Manager at (650) 691-1200 to discuss in advance. Other arrangements may need to be considered for your group.