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.

Full Spring Outdoor Activities Schedule (March - May)

Spring Schedule at a Glance (March - May)

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.

Fremont Older House Tours - Sunday, April 28

Once a year tours of Fremont and Cora Older’s historic home are offered by advance reservation.
Online reservations open on Thursday, March 28 at 10:00 am

March
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sun, 3/24 7:45am to 1:15pm Umunhum Barlow Explorer Sierra Azul Preserve 5
Sun, 3/24 10:30am to 3:00pm Redwood Oxygen Purisima Creek Redwoods Preserve 5.3
Wed, 3/27 9:30am to 1:30pm Transitions: Exploring Life Cycles El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve 5.0
Sat, 3/30 10:00am to 2:00pm Historic Ranches La Honda Creek Preserve 6
Sat, 3/30 10:00am to 12:30pm History Hike with the Dogs Fremont Older Preserve 4
April
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Wed, 4/3 10:30am to 2:30pm Explorer Hike: Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom Russian Ridge Preserve 5-6
Sat, 4/6 9:30am to 12:30pm Wildflowers and Vistas Monte Bello Preserve 3
Sat, 4/6 10:00am to 1:30pm WWW -- Wildflowers, Wandering, and Wine Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4.5
Sat, 4/6 10:00am to 1:00pm Music in the Air La Honda Creek Preserve 2.7
Sun, 4/7 10:00am to 2:00pm Variety and Views Los Trancos Preserve 4 mi
Sun, 4/7 1:00pm to 4:00pm Springtime Exploration Russian Ridge Preserve 4
Sun, 4/7 2:00pm to 4:30pm Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2-3
Mon, 4/8 9:00am to 12:00pm Among the Trees, Bushes, and Flowers Thornewood Preserve 4
Wed, 4/10 10:00am to 1:00pm Scenic Aerobic Hike I La Honda Creek Preserve 4-6
Thu, 4/11 10:00am to 1:30pm Wonders of Edgewood 4
Thu, 4/11 10:00am to 3:00pm Views from the Saddle Rancho San Antonio Preserve 10
Fri, 4/12 6:00pm to 10:15pm Spineless Wonders Windy Hill Preserve 3
Sat, 4/13 9:00am to 12:30pm Wandering and Writing in Nature Long Ridge Preserve 4.6
Sat, 4/13 10:00am to 1:00pm Ohlone Footsteps Skyline Ridge Preserve 2
Mon, 4/15 10:00am to 3:00pm Spring at Black Mountain Rancho San Antonio Preserve 11
Wed, 4/17 10:30am to 2:30pm Explorer Hike: Hill and Dale St. Joseph's Hill Preserve 5
Thu, 4/18 9:00am to 12:00pm Exploring and Birding Skyline Ridge Preserve 2
Thu, 4/18 10:30am to 2:30pm Slopes, Canyons and Peaks Fremont Older Preserve 5.5
Sat, 4/20 10:00am to 1:00pm Health and Wellness Hike Monte Bello Preserve 4.0
Thu, 4/25 9:00am to 11:30am Who Named the Flowers? Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4
Sat, 4/27 10:00am to 1:00pm Introduction to Geocaching Los Trancos Preserve 2.5
Sat, 4/27 10:00am to 1:30pm WWW -- Wildflowers, Wandering, and Wine Picchetti Ranch Preserve 4.5
Sun, 4/28 9:00am to 4:00pm Fremont Older House and Garden Tours Fremont Older Preserve 1
Sun, 4/28 5:00pm to 8:30pm Sunset and Reflection Russian Ridge Preserve 3.7
May
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Wed, 5/1 10:30am to 3:00pm Explorer Hike: From the Top Mount Umunhum - Sierra Azul 4
Sat, 5/4 11:00am to 2:30pm Beauty Everywhere You Look Russian Ridge Preserve 3.5
Sat, 5/4 11:00am to 2:00pm A Most Special Place La Honda Creek Preserve 3
Sun, 5/5 8:30am to 12:45pm Wonders of Cherry Springs Sierra Azul Preserve 3
Sun, 5/5 10:00am to 2:00pm Hiking and Mindfulness Monte Bello Preserve 4.5
Sun, 5/5 2:00pm to 4:30pm Earthquake Hike Los Trancos Preserve 2.5
Wed, 5/8 10:00am to 1:00pm Scenic Aerobic Hike I Russian Ridge Preserve 4-6
Thu, 5/9 8:00am to 11:30am Your Brain On A Hike Pulgas Ridge Preserve 4
Sat, 5/11 10:00am to 1:30pm Ferns and Other Ancient Plants Monte Bello Preserve 3.5
Sun, 5/12 10:00am to 1:00pm Butterflies of Picchetti Ranch Picchetti Ranch Preserve 2.5
Sun, 5/12 10:00am to 1:00pm Climb Black Mountain Ride Monte Bello Preserve 10
Mon, 5/13 10:00am to 2:30pm Turtle Rock: Out 'n Back Long Ridge Preserve 5.6
Wed, 5/15 10:30am to 2:30pm Explorer Hike: Flower Foray Sierra Azul Preserve 5-6
Thu, 5/16 9:00am to 12:00pm Among the Trees, Bushes, and Flowers Thornewood Preserve 4
Thu, 5/16 9:30am to 4:30pm Aerobics For Your Horse Mount Umunhum - Sierra Azul 16
Sat, 5/18 1:00pm to 3:30pm Ohlone Master Gardeners Skyline Ridge Preserve 1.2
Wed, 5/22 10:00am to 2:00pm Listening to Nature Skyline Ridge Preserve 4
Sat, 5/25 9:00am to 1:00pm Who Stole the Meadow? Windy Hill Preserve 6.5
Sun, 5/26 6:00pm to 10:30pm Dinner on the Deck Russian Ridge Preserve 5
Mon, 5/27 8:15am to 12:30pm 33rd Annual Hike the Open Spaces Monte Bello Preserve 3
June
Title Preserve Miles Activities
Sat, 6/1 10:00am to 2:00pm Ohlone Medicine Long Ridge Preserve 5

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 Interpretation & Education Program Manager at (650) 691-1200 x536 to discuss in advance. Other arrangements may need to be considered for your group.