2016 Volunteer Work Days
Now is your chance to help restore their natural beauty and resilience — and get to know the magnificent coastal bluffs of Pedro Point. Volunteers are needed on the third Sunday of the month (9:45 am – 1:00 pm)
- August 14
- August 21
- September 18
- October 30
- November 26 “Escape to the Headlands”
See the Volunteer Section for details on volunteer work days.
Escape to the Headlands – Pedro Point Headlands: Thanksgiving Sunday, November 26, 2017
Mark your Calendars, Plan your Escape to the Headlands – Pedro Point Headlands Thanksgiving Sunday, November 26th.
The Pacifica Land Trust would like to invite the public to Escape to the Headlands (the Pedro Point Headlands that is!) on Sunday, November 26th from 10am to 2.00pm.
Kick off the holiday season with a gratitude hike, plenty of merriment and special treats for the kids! Enjoy fresh air, get outside in nature, escape the shopping, the hustle and bustle, experience this unique coastal habitat, create family/friend memories and just be outside in a beautiful place very close to home!
Escape to the Headlands is FREE, a wonderful opportunity to discover a beautiful place in our backyard and to take a hike or just hang out near the staging area to enjoy the outdoors. From a gentle sloped half to one mile to a steep inclined one mile or even a great 4 -6 mile hike that includes the connected Devils Slide trail there is hiking for all ages and skill. Unfortunately heavy rain will cancel the event.
This MERRY event will include hot cider, snacks, and cheer along with opportunities to learn about the natural habitat as you take your walk. In addition, if you want to get your hands in the dirt there will be restoration stations where you can plant native seeds, pull invasive grass, sow a cover crop, or even plant grasses/natives to restore grassland. It just might make the best memories of the Holiday season!
Sign in at the Castle Kitchen and Bath parking lot, at 520 San Pedro Ave, Pacifica anytime between 10am and 1.00pm. You will be safely transported to and from the Pedro Point Headlands staging area to begin your adventure. Return when you are ready but no later than 2pm. Long sleeve shirts, pants and sturdy shoes are recommended. Hiking sticks, sunglasses, binoculars and cameras may be appreciated.
Hiking to some of the bluffs for the spectacular views of the ocean, Devils Slide, Shelter Cove and beyond can be quite rigorous but usually considered well worth it.
The Pedro Point Headlands stewardship program and this event are brought to you by the Pacifica Land Trust and supported by the Pedro Point Community Association. The work on the 250 acres of wildlife habitat is being transformed from a hodgepodge of unsustainable old motorcycle trails to safer and erosion-controlling paths with generous grants from the County of San Mateo’s Measure A funds and the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVR) Division Program, along with the partnerships with the City of Pacifica and the California Coastal Conservancy.
To help preserve, protect and restore open space for us and future generations consider supporting the Pacifica Land Trust who has been protecting Pacifica Open space since facilitating the purchase of the Headlands in 1995. To learn more about our ongoing stewardship and restoration efforts, go to www.pedropointheadlands.org or call us at 650-355-1668.
Volunteer Appreciation Hike October 23, 2016
We would like to celebrate your work on the Pedro Point Headlands, the end of the CA Coastal Conservancy Grant, and the beginning of the OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) grant work with a Volunteer Appreciation Hike:
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
1.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Please meet at Castle Kitchen and Bath on San Pedro Ave by 1pm. Like always we will carpool up to the headlands.
Refreshments, beverages, and hopefully a sunset are planned.
At the headlands we will embark on our hike to the North Ridge with Mike Vasey who will share “his story” again about how special this native prairie grassland is as an ecological reserve and how the headlands was saved from development. Along the way Kathy Kellerman will be on hand to share with you the work that has already begun by Go Native to restore the erosion gullies and share with you the plans for this year and next on this special project funded by the CA State OHV grant. You will witness the early stages of switchbacks up the South Ridge Trail and the evolving On-Site Native plant nursery that is currently being built and stocked.
We will take time on our return to have a volunteer toast overlooking the ocean at the top of the Arroyo trail and if lucky we will see the sunset!
Special thanks as always to the PPCA for their continued generosity and support for refreshments, tool storage and meeting location.
Earth Day 2016: Celebrate Earth Day on April 23 11-2:30
Join The Pacifica Land Trust at the 2016 Earth Day of Action and EcoFest! We encourage you to participate one of the many beach cleanups to be held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, then come enjoy the festivities. The EcoFest will be held at Linda Mar State Beach, South Parking lot this Saturday, April 23 from 11:00 am – 2:30 pm. Visit our booth to learn more about The Pacifica Land Trust’s environmental education and land trust activities. At this family-friendly event, you can also enjoy music, activities, food, and entertainment. Bike parking onsite and complimentary parking and shuttle bus available from Cabrillo School.
I Love Lichens Walk at Pedro Point Headlands
On Sunday, February 14, 2016 Headland enthusiasts joined docent Alf Fengler to look not only for our new California State Lichen, but also for a nice collection of other species of these fascinating double or even triple organisms. Participants learned to clearly identify our State Lichen and to recognize at least one member of each major lichen type (crusty or crustose, leaflike or foliose, shrubby or fruticose).
Image: Ramalina menziesii
© 2014 Alf J. Fengler
Plants of the Pedro Point Headlands
The Pedro Point Headlands is rich in native vegetation and hosts one of the most pristine coastal prairies along the California coast. The public was invited on August 30th to explore this property and join a Native Plant hike with lead by botanist, Pedro Point Headlands champion, and Pacifica Land Trust Board member Mike Vasey, PhD.