I’ll start this post with a couple of clichés
but they’re so true! I know, that’s what everyone says.
This year has flown by! Gone in a flash!
It’s coming up on December! And we’ve had a blast.

All in all, we held over 150 events.
Whether they were bioblitzes, hikes, or summer camps.
7,250 attendees came out to see
all that our parks offer the community!

But in all seriousness we are so pleased to tell you about the amazing programs we were able to offer and partnerships we were able to foster!

Our largest event was our inaugural Coyote Point Kite Festival: A Street’s Alive, Park’s Alive Event with Supervisor Carole Groom with over 600 attendees. We couldn’t have had such a spectacular event without the support of our partners including, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation, San Mateo County Libraries, Burlingame Lions Club, and CuriOdyssey. With such great success we are planning to make this an annual event with our 2018 Kite Festival already in the works!

Our newest partnership has been working closely with the San Mateo County Libraries on several projects! One project in particular that we are excited about is the BIG LIFT Summer Camp Field Trips with the libraries for children entering Kindergarten through 3rd grade. We had over 550 students come out to our parks this summer as a part of this effort and we hope to expand that to even more students next year!

Our Memorial Park Naturalist Program was expanded this year with three interns who were able to offer 100 events with over 4000 attendees over a 4 month period. Please note that these programs are not only for our campers at Memorial Park, but are open to the general public as well (even the weekly campfire programs and movie nights!) We post weekly schedules for these events on our website and Facebook page.

Last but not least, 2017 marked our first year of a department-wide Junior Ranger Program and we believe it was a great success! We had over 250 attendees who explored 6 different parks in our system and got to learn about the plants, animals, history, and day to day roles of a Park Ranger. We are pleased to say that we will be offering the program again in 2018. Stay tuned for more details!

We wouldn't be able to offer these amazing free programs without support from our San Mateo County Parks Foundation! Please consider supporting the programs we offer through charitable donations. We greatly appreciate your support!! Donate here today!