Stories from the Field

Hear from POST’s experts in the field! Our blog features inspiring stories about landscape restoration, fascinating looks at our friends in the wild, tips to find hidden gems in the Bay Area and much more.

Where to Find Spring Wildflowers

Want to see the spring bloom? Learn where to go and find information on 30 local flowers with our handy wildflower guide!

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How to Spot Poison Oak Before it Spots You

Do you know what poison oak looks like? Learn how to identify poison oak and what to do if your exposed.

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Rewilding Barrett Canyon

When we protected 326-acres in Barrett Canyon, we acquired a bit of mess. Learn how we restored this canyon and prepared it for the public.

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What Will Happen to Bair Island with Sea Level Rise?

Dr. Peter Cowan, POST's Director of Conservation Science, visited Bair Island during the winter King Tides. It was a glimpse into the future. Here's what he found.

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What to Wear for a Winter Hike

It a beautiful time to be out hiking our local trails. But before you go, here are some tips on what to wear and how to stay warm. Dig in!

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Our Favorite Wheelchair Accessible & Easy Access Trails

You might be surprised at how many wheelchair accessible trails there are on the Peninsula and in the South Bay. The hard part is knowing where to go and when. Here are a few of our staff's favorites.

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Government Shutdown: Welcome Back to Our Federal Friends

In the wake of the partial government shutdown, we took some time to reflect on our partnerships with federal agencies. Welcome back, friends! We missed you.

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Partners Make it Possible – How We’re Preparing for Climate Change

Climate change is making our land stewardship work more complicated. But we're rising to the challenge by banding together to protect this amazing place we call home. Learn more here.

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A Family Hike on San Jose’s Coyote Creek Trail

This South Bay hike along the Coyote Creek Trail is a perfect spot to escape with the whole family—there's a playground for kids and you can bring the dog! Learn more here.

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Reflections from Walter

POST supporters and advocates make our work possible. Whether making a donation, leading a hike, telling a friend about our work, or liking us on Facebook, we have many people cheering us on.

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Celebrating Cesar Chavez Day with POST-Protected Farms

This Cesar Chavez Day, we’re celebrating all the farmers and farm workers that work so hard to make California’s agricultural output the nation’s largest.

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Get Your Veggies

Think about a small village on the San Mateo Coast in say, 1850. Now think about the households in that community. What did they eat for dinner?

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POST My Ride

Happy Bike to Work Day! Since 1956, thousands of people have taken to their bikes for their commute on this May holiday.

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Fighting Nature Deficit Disorder

If you’re reading this, you likely know first-hand the restorative benefits of an afternoon spent outside. In fact, the intangible scenic and spiritual effects of open spaces often motivate conservation work just as much as ecological research does.

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What Will Be Your Legacy?

POST's Open Space Legacy Society is one way you can leave a legacy behind.

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Rare Bat Colony Discovered

We're back with more exciting wildlife news: Our partners at the Western Cave Conservancy discovered a colony of Townsend's big-eared bats (Corynorhinus townsendii) on POST-protected land in the Santa Cruz Mountains!

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Steelhead Stories: The Beginnings of the Watershed Project

Hidden in the shadows cast by willows, alders, and cottonwoods, a migrating female steelhead swam slowly upstream in the shallow waters of Pescadero Creek in the autumn of 1989.

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Pillar Point Bluff: From Dream to Reality

In 1976, a year before POST was founded, San Mateo County Parks completed their first comprehensive Trails Plan. In it, they envisioned a public trail hugging the coast all the way from Thornton Beach to Año Nuevo.

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