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

Thank you!

With 2016 coming quickly to a close, we'd like to thank all of our supporters, partners, and participants who've helped us accomplish so much throughout the year. We'll publish an Executive Summary for 2016 in January, but until then, here's a brief summary of our achievements for the year:

Promoting the trails...
We presented TRAILHEAD in 35 venues across the Bay Area, including screenings in Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, San Leandro, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Moraga, and Lafayette. We also led 15 free hiking tours, guiding 386 children, adults, and seniors through Oakland's wildland parks.

Maintaining the trails...
We cleared 83 fallen trees, cleared two landslides, replaced a dozen rotten steps, improved drainage, and cut back thorny blackberry and poison oak.

Enhancing the trails...
We installed 34 new redwood steps on hiking trails, built a new foot bridge, and launched Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol, now thirty-five volunteers strong.

We've raised and spent more than $14,000 to promote, maintain, and enhance Oakland's wildland parks and trails. To ensure our continued success in 2017, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to our all-volunteer effort.

Click HERE to visit our DONATE page.
Join us on a hiking tour

There are three upcoming hiking tours. All of these tours begin in the Dimond District and end at the Chabot Space & Science Center, approximately 5.5 miles:
  • Christmas Day: Sunday, December 25 at 9:00am
  • New Year's Day: Sunday, January 1 at 9:00am
  • MLK Day: Monday, January 16 at 9:00am

For details and links to register, please visit:

Help us protect Oakland's redwoods
Oakland Trails volunteers are teaming up with the Friends of Sausal Creek to protect the redwoods along Fern Ravine Trail in Joaquin Miller Park. Together, we will extend the rustic, split rail fence so that the redwood forest can thrive. Please CLICK HERE if you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution.
Follow us on Instagram
If you'd like to stay in touch with Dimond Canyon and Joaquin Miller Park – including trail conditions and stewardship opportunities in real time – follow us: @oaklandparkpatrol
Doing what we love
Year-to-date, we've logged 2,018 volunteer hours in (and for) Oakland's wildland parks.

From all of us at Oakland Trails, wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!

See you on the trails,

Stan Dodson
Executive Director & Founder,
Co-founder & Director, Oakland Volunteer Park Patrol 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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