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.

Spring Outdoor Activities Schedule

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.

February
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sat, 2/25
9:45am to 12:00pm
Winter Ride - Rescheduled to March! Fremont Older Preserve 12
Sat, 2/25
4:30pm to 9:00pm
Night on Froggy Mountain Russian Ridge Preserve 2-5
Tue, 2/28
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Signs of Spring Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4.25
March
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Wed, 3/1
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Wildflowers and Vistas Russian Ridge Preserve 4.7
Sat, 3/4
9:00am to 12:30pm
Creature Feature 2.5
Sun, 3/5
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Wed, 3/8
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike I Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4
Sat, 3/11
10:30am to 1:30pm
History and Nature Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4.5
Mon, 3/13
10:00am to 2:00pm
Start The Week Right: Geology Monte Bello Preserve 5-6
Wed, 3/15
10:30am to 2:00pm
Explorer Hike: Birding by the Bay Ravenswood Preserve 2-3
Fri, 3/17
10:00am to 1:30pm
Shades of Green on St. Patrick's Day 4.1
Sat, 3/18
10:00am to 1:30pm
Finding Clues to Local History Long Ridge Preserve 4.5
Sun, 3/19
10:00am to 12:30pm
History of the Bear Creek Redwoods Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve 2
Mon, 3/20
10:00am to 1:00pm
Bridges of Rancho San Antonio Rancho San Antonio Preserve 5
Tue, 3/21
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wildflowers and More Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4.25
Wed, 3/22
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Fremont Older Preserve 6
Sat, 3/25
9:45am to 2:30pm
Top of Mindego Morning Russian Ridge Preserve 5.5
Sat, 3/25
9:45am to 12:00pm
Winter Ride Fremont Older Preserve 12
Sat, 3/25
10:30am to 3:00pm
Redwood Oxygen Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 5.3
Sun, 3/26
10:00am to 1:00pm
Climb Black Mountain Monte Bello Preserve 8
Sun, 3/26
10:00am to 11:00am
Lake to Pond Run Skyline Ridge Preserve 5
Wed, 3/29
10:00am to 3:00pm
Creek, Meadow, and Vista Long Ridge Preserve 4.6
April
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sat, 4/1
10:00am to 2:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2.5
Sat, 4/1
10:00am to 1:00pm
Ferns and Other Ancient Plants Monte Bello Preserve 3.5
Sun, 4/2
10:00am to 1:00pm
Exploring a Springtime Gem La Honda Creek Preserve 4.5
Sun, 4/2
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Mon, 4/3
10:00am to 1:00pm
Start The Week Right: Mindego Through Time Russian Ridge Preserve 4-5
Wed, 4/5
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Birds & Blooms Monte Bello Preserve 4
Fri, 4/7
10:00am to 2:30pm
The Road Less Travelled Monte Bello Preserve 5.5
Sun, 4/9
10:00am to 1:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve 2
Tue, 4/11
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wildflowers and More Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4.25
Wed, 4/12
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike I St. Joseph's Hill Preserve 5
Sat, 4/15
9:30am to 4:00pm
Long Bloomin' Hike Long Ridge Preserve 11
Sat, 4/15
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake 101 Los Trancos Preserve 2.5
Sat, 4/15
6:15pm to 10:00pm
Spineless Wonders Windy Hill Preserve 3
Tue, 4/18
10:00am to 2:00pm
A Not So Taxing Jaunt Long Ridge Preserve 6
Wed, 4/19
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Spring Wildflowers Pulgas Ridge Preserve 3
Sat, 4/22
9:30am to 1:00pm
Good Neighbors / Bad Neighbors Long Ridge Preserve 5
Sat, 4/22
9:30am to 3:00pm
Earth Day Adventure Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 9.5
Sat, 4/22
10:00am to 2:00pm
Tour de Open Space-4 Preserve Ride Russian Ridge Preserve 11
Sun, 4/23
9:30am to 12:00pm
Walking in the Spirit of John Muir Monte Bello Preserve 2-3
Sun, 4/23
10:00am to 12:00pm
Ohlone Footsteps Skyline Ridge Preserve 2
Wed, 4/26
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Monte Bello Preserve 6
Sun, 4/30
10:30am to 3:00pm
Search for the Everlasting Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4
May
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Mon, 5/1
10:00am to 1:00pm
Start the Week Right: A Dynamic Duo Long Ridge Preserve 4-5
Wed, 5/3
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: Edgy Wildflowers 4
Sat, 5/6
10:00am to 2:00pm
Introductory Geocaching Hike Picchetti Ranch Preserve 2.5
Sun, 5/7
10:00am to 12:30pm
Ancient Oaks and Views Russian Ridge Preserve 3.5
Sun, 5/7
10:15am to 1:15pm
Exploring Upper Windy Hill Windy Hill Preserve 3.5
Sun, 5/7
2:00pm to 4:30pm
Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Wed, 5/10
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike I Skyline Ridge Preserve 5
Wed, 5/10
10:30am to 3:30pm
Redwood Wonderland Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 7
Fri, 5/12
10:00am to 1:30pm
Wildflowers and Wild Birds Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4
Sat, 5/13
9:15am to 12:00pm
Fremont Older History Ride Fremont Older Preserve 12
Sat, 5/13
10:00am to 2:00pm
Wildflowers, Peaceful Pond, and Open Views Long Ridge Preserve 5.5
Sat, 5/13
10:30am to 12:30pm
Plants and Animals at Alpine Pond Skyline Ridge Preserve 2.0
Sun, 5/14
10:00am to 3:00pm
Spring Ride at ECdMC El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 14
Sun, 5/14
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Mother's Day Bouquet Russian Ridge Preserve 3.5
Wed, 5/17
10:30am to 2:30pm
Explorer Hike: The Glories of Spring Sierra Azul Preserve 5-6
Fri, 5/19
10:00am to 2:00pm
Butterflies of Sierra Azul Sierra Azul Preserve 4
Sun, 5/21
10:00am to 12:30pm
History of Bear Creek Redwoods Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve 2
Sun, 5/21
10:00am to 2:00pm
From Pond-to-Pond Skyline Ridge Preserve 5.0
Tue, 5/23
1:00pm to 4:00pm
Wildflowers and More Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4.25
Wed, 5/24
10:00am to 1:00pm
Scenic Aerobic Hike II Russian Ridge Preserve 6
Sat, 5/27
9:30am to 2:00pm
Hidden in the Woods El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 4.3
Sat, 5/27
10:00am to 1:00pm
Butterflies of Picchetti Ranch Picchetti Ranch Preserve 2.5
Sat, 5/27
10:00am to 2:00pm
Ohlone Medicine Long Ridge Preserve 5
Mon, 5/29
8:15am to 1:00pm
31st Annual Hike the Open Spaces Monte Bello Preserve 3
June
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sat, 6/10
9:15am to 12:30pm
Black Mountain History Ride Monte Bello Preserve 22

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.