The San Mateo County Parks Foundation provides grants to volunteer groups that look after one or more San Mateo County Parks. Volunteers provide a variety of services on behalf of parks and park visitors, from pulling weeds and growing native plants to leading hikes and picking up litter. We are beyond grateful for the good work these groups and countless volunteers do to care for San Mateo County Parks.
The following groups received support this year:
The Friends of Edgewood is an all-volunteer group that engages in a number of activities to restore, preserve and protect Edgewood’s natural resources and inspire visitors of all ages. They boast a robust field guide where one can learn about the many mammals, birds and plants that call this nature preserve home.
The Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks are park enthusiasts who provide a wide range of programs and events at these two historic redwood parks. Their mission is to promote the positive health and community benefits provided by these parks and to support equitable and inclusive access for all park users. Check out their video.
The Friends of San Pedro Valley Park is a diverse group of individuals brought together by their love of nature and concern for the park. Working for the benefit of all park visitors, the Friends play a significant role in interpreting the park’s resources to the public. They regularly host webinars on the plants, animals and fungi of San Pedro Valley.
The Pacific Beach Coalition is an all-volunteer community inspired to protect and preserve our ocean, beaches, creeks and wildlife. They are recognized as a community-centered model for leading sustainable environmental stewardship for all ages through advocacy, education, community building and citizen action. One can take action now through their “Street to Beach” cleanups.
San Bruno Mountain Watch is committed to preserving and expanding the wild lands of San Bruno Mountain in perpetuity. Their programs connect people to nature near where they live and help local communities learn about the importance of biodiversity through restoration and exploration. Their digital archives tell the rich and colorful history of one of the largest public open spaces in urban America.