Join us on a free hiking tour on Monday, May 28, at 9:00am.
We are an all-volunteer organization dedicated to promoting, maintaining, and enhancing the City of Oakland's wildland parks and trails.
May 18, 2018
Free Hiking Tour on Memorial Day
Join us on Monday, May 28 at 9:00am for a hike from Dimond Park to Joaquin Miller Park, where we'll catch AC Transit Line 339 for a ride back down to Dimond. The full hike will be approximately seven miles, though there will be options to catch earlier buses at miles four and five. Click HERE for details and to register (required).
We've Launched a New Film Project!
We are thrilled to follow up the success of our first film, Trailhead (2015), with a celebration of Oakland's redwoods. Our upcoming documentary will feature iconic “Old Survivor”, the East Bay’s only remaining old-growth redwood, as the centerpiece to tell the story of Oakland’s historic, resilient, and now-protected redwood forest.
A little rain didn't stop our filmmakers or these Skyline High School students from participating in a science field trip with Save the Redwoods League and East Bay Regional Park District staff.
Featuring stories from Save the Redwoods League, City of Oakland Parks, and the East Bay Regional Park District, the film will promote outdoor recreation and open space networks, encourage stewardship, celebrate local history, and educate the viewer about forest ecology, connecting people to the redwoods in their own backyard.
Oakland Trails is working with filmmaker Emily Fraser, who co-produced Trailhead. Runtime is anticipated to be approximately 20 minutes.
Save the date! The World Premiere will be a free event held at the Chabot Space & Science Center on the evening of Tuesday, October 9, 2018, and will simultaneously serve as Save the Redwoods League’s Centennial Celebration in Oakland. Local partners and community groups will be invited to table at the reception, where 1,200+ attendees are expected over the course of the evening.
We've reached $36,500 of our $50,000 goal. To support this nonprofit film project with a tax-deductible contribution, please click here.
For the East Bay Times, Marta Yamamoto wrote a nice article featuring our volunteer efforts, and feats of collaboration, that keep Oakland's wildland parks open and safe for all users. Read her story here.
The new gate project at lower Palos Colorados Trail in Joaquin Miller Park was a collaboration between Oakland Trails, the Bicycle Trails Council, Friends of Sausal Creek, and Oakland Public Works.
We also worked together to reroute the Camp Trail connecting Big Trees Trail to West Ridge and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The old trail (left) was sharing an alignment with a seasonal creek, which was bad for the watershed and bad for the trail.
An Internship Opportunity for Oakland Youth
If you are 16–22 years old and seeking rewarding community service hours in Oakland parks, sign up to experience the outdoors with Oakland Trails. Gain valuable skills interacting with park users, participating in all stages of stewardship projects, and engaging our local government. Interested youth may fill out the application HERE. Community service hours are sponsored by the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation.
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Filming "Old Survivor", Day 9: Great fun with @annieforoakland and her fam up in Joaquin Miller Park. #oaklandtrails #oldsurvivor #oldsurvivorfilm #documentary #joaquinmillerpark #Stand4Redwoods
Doing What We Love
Year-to-date, Oakland Trails volunteers have logged 1,356 service hours in Oakland's wildland parks! Thank you for your support.
In March, we led Navigator Scouts Troop #196 on a redwoods hike in Joaquin Miller Park.
Thanks to all the Airbnb 'Week for Good' volunteers who joined us on the Camp Trail reroute project!
See you on the trails,
Executive Director & Founder, Oakland Trails
Co-founder & Director, Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol
Oakland Trails is an all-volunteer organization supporting Oakland's wildland parks. Learn more at OaklandTrails.org
We'd like to thank our fiscal sponsor, the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation.
Donations to Oakland Trails are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
501c3 Tax ID# 94-2751052
Your tax-deductible donation helps us fulfill our mission in Oakland's wildland parks.