Our mission is to promote, maintain, and enhance Oakland's wildland parks and trails.
June 21, 2016

Enjoy summer and celebrate the birth of our nation by joining us on a 5-mile community hiking tour on Monday, July 4th, from 8:30am–noon. While we guide you through our local trail system, you'll also learn about active stewardship projects and history of the parks. There is no cost for our hiking tours. Get all the details and register HERE. Space is limited.

We're also excited to announce the launch of Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol. In partnership with Oakland Vice Mayor Annie Campbell Washigton's Office and several City departments, we aim to improve the quality and safety of City parks. We're training the first class of volunteers this week, and it's not too late to sign up. Learn more about Park Patrol and upcoming training sessions at

In other news, our 20-minute documentary TRAILHEAD is hitting the road this summer! While the film continues to stream for free online, we've recently been invited to events in San Francisco, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek. We've also released a version of the film with Spanish subtitles, and hope to present a bilingual event in Oakland's Fruitvale District soon. For a listing of all upcoming screenings, and to watch the film online, visit the homepage at

Year-to-date, we've logged 441 volunteer hours in (and for) Oakland's wildland parks. Thank you for your continued support!

See you on the trails,

Stan Dodson
Executive Director is an all-volunteer organization supporting Oakland's wildland parks. Learn more at
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 Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol and encourage your participation!

The mission of Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol is to improve the quality and safety of City parks. Park Patrol 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, Park Patrol is a pilot program for a potential citywide, volunteer park patrol effort.

Visit for details about the program, and to sign up for an upcoming training session.

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

Since January, we've cleared 48 fallen trees from trails in Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park. We do this work independently, and also in collaboration with the Bicycle Trails Council and Oakland Public Works.

Recently, we cut back overgrowth, including poison oak and thorny blackberry vines, from trails in Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park. We also dug out the landslide that dangerously narrowed the new section of Cinderella Trail. 

Cinderella Trail, before and after

If you come across trail hazards, 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.

Community Education - Coyotes in our Neighborhoods

Join us for a talk about coyote behavior this Wednesday, June 22, 6:30pm–8:30pm, at the Dimond Recreation Center (3860 Hanly Rd). Keli Hendricks from Project Coyote will be our special guest for the first half of the evening. We'll then hear an historical perspective about local wildlife from Oakland historian and author, Dennis Evanosky. This is a free event. Please share the flyer with your community.


Thank you Oakland Public Works for clearing this huge tree that recently fell in Joaquin Miller Park!

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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