Our mission is to promote, maintain, and enhance Oakland's wildland parks and trails.
May 20, 2016

With TRAILHEAD now available online, more than 10,000 people have viewed our 20-minute documentary. If you've yet to see it, we hope you'll watch it and share it widely. Go to

There are two free community screenings coming up, as well, giving you a chance to see the film and engage in Q&A with individuals involved in making it. Join us at events with the Friends of San Leandro Creek on May 24th, and at REI Berkeley on June 16th. All the details and links for registration (required for the REI event) are on our homepage at

We also have a hiking tour planned for Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day). Our hiking tours are free, but space is limited and registration is required. Click HERE for more details.

Our stewardship programs continue. We played an important role in reopening middle Palos Colorados Trail in Joaquin Miller Park after six large trees fell across it. Soon, we'll begin installing new steps on steep hiking trails, and we look forward to launching Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol in late June or early July.

Year-to-date, we've logged 367 volunteer hours in (and for) Oakland's wildland parks. Thank you for your continued support.

See you on the trails,

Stan Dodson
Executive Director
Screenings of TRAILHEAD
For the current list of screenings, click HERE
FREE Hiking Tours 
Want to join us on a hiking tour? Click HERE for more information.  

Call for Park Patrol Volunteers

We are thrilled to announce the launch of the Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol program and encourage your participation!

The mission of Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol (OVPP) is to improve the quality and safety of City parks. OVPP participants will be given special training to assist park users, support emergency responders, and report park issues to the proper City of Oakland agencies.
For the last several months, and Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washington's Office have provided leadership to develop and launch Park Patrol in Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park. With support from City staff and other volunteer stakeholders, OVPP is a pilot program for a potential citywide, volunteer park patrol effort.

Visit for more details.

We're Working Hard to Keep Our Trails Open and Safe

Since January, we've cleared 44 fallen trees from trails in Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park. We do this work in collaboration with the Bicycle Trails Council and Oakland Public Works. If you come across trail hazards in Oakland parks, please report them using the SeeClickFix smart phone app. Your report will alert City staff and our volunteers who've used the app to create special "watch areas" in the parks.

We've also finished Phase 1 of the "New Trail Steps" project in Joaquin Miller Park. Please help us complete this project by making a tax deductible donation. $40 will fund one new stepSpecial thanks to Ashby Lumber for their support.

Free Event - "History of the Redwoods in the East Bay"

Save the date! On Wednesday, June 22, 6:30–8:30pm at the Dimond Recreation Center, join us for an educational talk by Oakland historian and author, Dennis Evanosky. This will be a fundraising event for and ACE Arts. Many items, including signed "Ghost Tree" prints, will be available for purchase – the funds will support our all-volunteer projects in Oakland's wildland parks.

About "Ghost Tree": I commissioned this piece from local artist Kristi Holohan to help tell the story of Oakland's redwoods. A limited quantity of 100 giclée prints have been signed and numbered by the artist. Proceeds will be shared equally by and *ACE Arts, both charitable organizations serving Oakland.

Each 18"x24" print comes with a certificate of authenticity, a 5"x7" framable narrative by historian Dennis Evanosky, and a certificate of museum-quality reproduction. Sold by appointment and at this event for $175, a large portion of the contribution is tax deductible. Contact Stan Dodson HERE.

*ACE Arts works with communities and organizations to bring fundamental art skills and materials to populations who are underserved, and/or isolated, and who may not otherwise have access to many artistic forms of expression.


View from the York Trail in Leona Heights Park

On April 25th, I took 60 third-graders from San Francisco's Mission District on a hiking tour in Joaquin Miller Park. Here we visited a large redwood tree alongside Fern Ravine Trail – it took twelve of them to circle it.

We'd like to thank our fiscal sponsor, the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation. 
Donations to are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

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