Activities for Families and Kids
Spending time outdoors with your children is a great way to enjoy discoveries of nature. Many of our preserves offer easy to moderate hikes and activities that are well suited to children of varying ages, enthusiasm and energy levels.
Suggested Preserves to Visit
- Alpine Pond/Daniels Nature Center - An easy-access 0.5-mile trail around Alpine Pond provides an opportunity to experience pond life up close as you observe signs of wildlife, busy dragonflies, stands of cattails and peaceful views. Stop in and explore the delightful David C. Daniels Nature Center, open on weekends spring to fall, and enhance your visit with educational displays. If your young hikers are eager to venture further, try hiking a 1.5-mile loop of the Ipiwa and Sunny Jim trails from Alpine Pond to take in several plant communities – oak woodland, chaparral, and grassland.
- Horseshoe Lake- Hug the shore as you hike on a 1-mile loop around this year-round pond. Children love to discover what lives near water and imagine what they cannot see. Take time to picnic at the tables that overlook the lake in the shade of majestic oak trees.
- Stevens Creek Nature Trail- The trail is a 3-mile loop and takes about 3 hours at a leisurely pace. Beginning at the parking lot, the route descends 450 feet into the headwaters of Stevens Creek and returns along the San Andreas Fault. Interpretive signs provide insights to the wonders around you.
We've compiled a variety of self-guided walks across the Midpen preserves. Learn the stories of Mount Umunhum in Sierra Azul Preserve, learn about the varied habitats around Alpine Pond in Skyline Ridge Preserve, see where the San Andreas Fault splits Los Trancos Preserve and more! Many tours can be downloaded to free smartphone apps.