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Take Advantage of Local Environmental Education Programs

Bottom Line: Local Environmental Education Programs offer students, teachers, and families a chance to explore their natural world, develop a deep appreciation for our local environment and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship.

There are many environmental education programs offered throughout San Mateo County. These incredible programs give students opportunities to observe natural ecosystems, engage in hands-on discovery activities, and receive knowledgeable scientific instruction. These valuable programs lead students to an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. There is a range of affordable or free environmental educational programs available for student groups, teachers, individuals, and families.

Protect the Beach, Unite a Community

Bottom Line: Pacifica Beach Coalition is an organization dedicated to preserving the ocean, coastal habitat and wildlife, and ending litter, through advocacy, education, community building, and citizen action.

Get involved in coastal preservation in San Mateo County

Bottom Line: The San Mateo County coastline is a world-class resource for recreation, tourism, and coastal ecology. It’s easy to get involved with protecting this vital resource.

Countless San Mateo County residents (and many from outside the county) look to the Pacific coastline for recreation and relaxation, or for their jobs in agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. In all cases, the preservation of this critical resource is of paramount importance, and there are a number of organizations working towards that goal that you can get involved with.

Learn more about protecting open space in San Mateo County

Bottom Line: Local organizations like Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) are preserving some of the world’s most important areas of open space. What do they do and how can you support them?

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Both Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and POST exist primarily to preserve areas of undeveloped land in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties for recreation use and habitat.

Volunteer to help preserve and protect San Mateo open space

Bottom Line: Bay Area open space depends on volunteers to help maintain hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Here is how you can become involved.


The San Francisco Bay Area contains many public open spaces managed by a number of organizations including State Parks, County parks, the Mid Peninsula Open Space District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (National Park Service), and parks run by city governments. These parks cover over 50,000 acres of open space and also contain an additional 65,000 restricted or closed protected acres in San Mateo County [1].

Your Guide to Enjoying Local Open Space

Bottom Line: The San Francisco Bay Area has tens of thousands of acres of publicly-accessible open space, managed by many different organizations. Here is a guide to online information about them.

Open Space Guide

The San Francisco Bay area is one of the great natural areas of the world, with a huge range of ecosystems and micro climates. Spectacular coastline, redwood forests, rivers, grasslands, and of course the bay itself give residents and visitors ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. While the population of the Bay Area counties has continued to grow, the area has a strong tradition of preserving natural areas and making many of them available for recreational use as public open space.

Half Moon Bay Eco-Tourism Campaign

Bottom Line: No need to go to Costa Rica, Eco-tourism opportunities abound right here in San Mateo County

Coastside EcoTourismVisit the Half Moon Bay Coastside, 80 miles of coastal splendor filled with abundant natural, historical and cultural wonders. From some of the richest marine reserves and wetlands on the California coast, to small working farms where you can explore a barnyard and dine on farm-fresh organic produce; from shopping on historic Main Street in Half Moon Bay, to fishing for wild salmon or albacore tuna – the Half Moon Bay Eco-Tourism campaign has it all.