County Parks waives entry fee and holds events to celebrate National Public Lands Day, September 24

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2011

San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Waives $6 Vehicle Entry Fee at
San Mateo County Parks for September 24, 2011, National Public Lands Day

Redwood City, CA – The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors at their September 13 meeting approved a one-time waiver of the County Parks’ $6 vehicle entry fee on Saturday, September 24, 2011, National Public Lands Day, to encourage County residents to get outdoors, explore a park, and learn how volunteers help preserve the public lands that are so important to our communities.

For the fifth year, San Mateo County Parks will join more than 1,500 other federal, state, county and local parks, open space and recreational agencies across the country, to celebrate National Public Lands Day through discovery and volunteerism.

National Public Lands Day activities begin with September’s Take A Hike at 9 a.m. in San Pedro Valley Park in Pacifica led by Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson. Join the Supervisor, park rangers and volunteers with the Friends of San Pedro Valley Park—your hike leaders and naturalists for the morning.

Other activities include:

Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve, Redwood City, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:
California Native Plant Society volunteers will lead hikes at 10 and 11 a.m. to show you how and where they work to eradicate invasive plants and strengthen the natural habitat for endangered species, including the Bay Checkerspot butterfly.

Volunteer hosts at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center will welcome visitors to the recently opened Education Center which features displays about the unique plant communities in the Preserve.

James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve, 2 – 4 p.m.:
Low tides at the Reserve reveal a colorful world of sea life. Visit the reserve and take the opportunity to ask questions of the volunteer naturalists who will help you identify what you see in the tide pools.

San Bruno Mountain, Brisbane, 10 a.m. – Noon:
Digging in the dirt is important work at San Bruno Mountain. Join San Bruno Mountain Watch volunteers who continue their work on the Bog Trail removing invasive plants and supporting the growth of the native plants that are vital to life on the Mountain.

Wunderlich Park, Folger Stable, Woodside, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:
Join docents from the Friends of Huddart and Wunderlich Parks at the newly renovated Folger Estate Stable. The exhibits at this working Stable and Carriage Room highlight the rich history of the area and the importance of the horse to American culture in the west.

Visit www.sanmateocountyparks.org for more information about these events.

Contact: Carla Schoof, Community Program Specialist
(650) 599-1306

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