San Mateo County Parks Department began an important wildfire fuel reduction effort at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve on May 15. Closures will be in place on Sylvan Trail between markers 3 and 16, and Baywood Trail between markers 7 and 8 when work crews are in the area, Monday through Friday at least through May. Please observe trail closure signs. This work and occasional trail closures are anticipated to last through June, but may be extended. See a map of the closed trails »
In 2005, volunteers began transforming the area around the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center from a mass of non-native weeds and brambles into an accessible native garden. Today, the native garden covers approximately ½ acre and features over 100 native plants found at Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve.
Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve has something for everyone. We are San Mateo County’s only natural preserve with over ten miles of trails and a surprising amount of biodiversity in just 467 acres. Minutes from downtown Redwood City, the park includes precious native grasslands, oak woodlands, and chaparral habitats. The main ridge in the center of the park rises 800 feet in elevation, where hikers are rewarded with spectacular views of Skyline Ridge, Huddart Park, the San Andreas Fault Zone, Crystal Springs Reservoir, and the San Francisco Bay. Check out this short video from Bay Area Bountiful to learn more about the park we love.
Join a Friends of Edgewood docent for a guided Spring Wildflower Hike. Free hikes will be offered March through May. Reserve your ticket at friendsofedgewood.eventbrite.com. New hikes will be added each week throughout the season.
Edgewood hosts more than 560 plant species, more than 100 bird species, 21 mammal species, 13 reptile and amphibian species, and countless invertebrates. Check out our online Field Guides below or stop by the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center to learn more about the plants and creatures that call Edgewood home.
General online tools for identifying plants and animals
Seek by iNaturalist – This easy-to-use app helps you identify just about any life form. Just open the app and point your camera (you don’t even have to take a photo!). Or, open a photo you’ve already taken. Unlike iNaturalist, this app doesn’t require an account or collect data (like your location), so it is only used to identify things, not to contribute to citizen science, and is kid-friendly. This app fully downloads to your device, so you can use it offline.
iNaturalist – Use this app and/or website to explore and share observations of all life forms. You can browse data without an account, but to post observations, you need to create a free account. You can get identification suggestions, and upload and track all of your observations. The app does not fully download to your device, so you cannot use it offline.
For apps and/or websites specific to birds and plants, see those Field Guides.