We're dedicated to promoting, maintaining, and enhancing Oakland's wildland parks and trails.
July 1, 2017

Hello from Oakland Trails!

At this time last year, we had just launched Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol. So now, it's time to celebrate our first anniversary! We've grown to be 44 volunteers strong - hikers, mountain bikers, trail runners, and dog walkers - all using our training to help welcome and assist park users, address park maintenance issues, and assist OPD and OFD in emergencies.

We've logged 3,043 volunteer hours and have assisted 2,802 park users. We've led free hiking tours, removed litter and graffiti, and this winter, when the trails took a beating, we cleared more than 200 fallen trees, keeping the trails open and safe for all users.

We're also team players. We proudly collaborate with the Bicycle Trails Council, Friends of Sausal Creek, Friends of Joaquin Miller Park, and Oakland Public Works. We've led youth, church organizations, and corporate teams in park work days, and we continue to work closely with OPD and OFD to help improve emergency preparedness inside the parks.

Please support our efforts. Our stewardship programs require funding for tools and materials. We are an all-volunteer organization, so your tax-deductible contribution goes directly to support our mission to help promote, maintain, and enhance Oakland's wildland parks and trails. Since launching our fundraising campaign in late June, we've reached nearly 1/3 of our $3000 goal for summer stewardship projects. With donation levels as low as $10, every little bit helps! Please donate HERE.

Free Hiking Tour on the Fourth of July
Join us for a hike on Tuesday, July 4 from Oakland's Dimond District up to Joaquin Miller Park, where we'll catch AC Transit Line 339 for a ten-minute bus ride back down to Dimond. The full hike will be approximately seven miles, but there will be opportunities to catch earlier buses at miles four and five. Click here here for all the details and to register.
Our tour route will pass through Dimond Canyon
Fern Ravine Fencing Project
To help protect the redwood grove along Fern Ravine Trail's upper stretch, Oakland Trails provided the materials and volunteers to install more than 150 feet of split rail fencing. 

Thanks much to Michael Allen from Oakland Public Works, Ashby Lumber for the nice discount on materials, and Park Patrol volunteers for the hard work.

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. Applicants should use the contact form HERE to introduce themselves and describe their favorite outdoor activity. Interviews will take place at the Ranger Station in Joaquin Miller Park. Community service hours would be sponsored by the Oakland Parks & Recreation Foundation.

Follow us on Instagram
If you'd like to stay in touch with our work, including updates about trail conditions and stewardship opportunities in real time, follow us! @oaklandparkpatrol

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Doing what we love
Year-to-date, we've logged 1,549 volunteer hours in (and for) Oakland's wildland parks.

See you on the trails,

Stan Dodson
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

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.

501c3 Tax ID# 94-2751052

Your tax-deductible donation helps us fulfill our mission in Oakland's wildland parks.
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