Plants & People: Stories
Third Saturday Nature Walk at Edgewood Natural Preserve
Which herbs did the Ohlone use to treat a headache? How did chemists discover the allergen in Poison Oak? Do people really make ink from oak galls? Join Friends of Edgewood docent Harry Cornbleet as he shares stories that illuminate the relationship between people and plants.
The approximately three hour walk through grasslands, chaparral, coastal scrub, and foothill woodlands offers a surprising amount of biodiversity. Edgewood supports over 500 distinct plant species, four of which are federally listed as endangered or threatened.
Adults, seniors and families with interested children are welcome. We'll teach parents and children to identify poison oak, common along the trails.
Visitors can complement their docent-led walk by visiting the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center located near the main entrance. Interactive exhibits explain Edgewood’s connection to the surrounding landscape and its history.
Where to meet
Walks start from the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center.
What to bring
Bring water, a hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and a snack if you wish. We don't stop for lunch, but picnic tables are usually available after the walks in the Old Stage Day Camp area.
Restrooms and water are available only at the main entrance.
No reservations are needed unless you have a group of 10 or more. For group reservations, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More Third Saturday Hikes
Friends of Edgewood’s trained docents guide free nature hikes at 10am on the third Saturday morning of each month. The 3 - 4 mile walks vary according to the docent and the current happenings in the Preserve.