Join the San Mateo County Parks Foundation for our new park mixer: Coyote Nights (where howling at the moon is totally appropriate)! Starting on Thursday, June 22, we invite you to come hang out with us and make new friends, sip local beer courtesy of Devil’s Canyon Brewery, and get to know San Mateo County’s awesome parks. Rangers and REI instructors will be on hand to discuss a range of topics at our various “trailheads.” Kick back in an REI-designed outdoor lounge and enjoy Coyote Point as your day winds down. What a perfect way to kick off summer! Coyote Nights mixers will occur throughout the summer, so if you can’t make the first evening, there are more to follow! Please RSVP here. Coyote Nights Summer 2017 Schedule June 22- Basic Hiking and Camping Skills Backpacking basics Trip planning How to reserve a campsite Outdoor ethics July 6 — The Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Parks July 20 — Tech and the Outdoors August 3 — TBD August 17 — TBD August 31 — TBD
by Jorge Laguna
When I was a kid growing up in the San Mateo Highlands, some of my most vivid memories were of my parents taking me to local parks and open spaces in the area. My family spent many afternoons walking Sawyer Camp Trail, investigating sea creatures at low tide at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and camping overnight at Memorial Park. We’d picnic, hike, or just enjoy nature- parks were a fantastic refuge from the day to day of our normal lives. As a young child, these were amazing opportunities to learn new things and have freedom that I didn’t have in the classroom or at home. Looking back on it some of my best times growing up were exploring nature, and I feel fortunate to have had the chance to experience this at an early age.