McLaren Park Events and News
Photowalks, Nerds for Nature, philosophy
walks, a million dogs, work parties, 5k runs... the next two months
are going to busy in our favorite park. Read on for the details!
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Meet in the Mansell/Visitacion Parking Lot. Map here.
McLaren Park photowalk this Saturday
10 am to noon.
Come spend a couple of hours with us photographing nature's
wonders in John McLaren Park.
Save McLaren Park and
Milk Photo Center, this is the second of a series of
photowalks that will unfold all summer.
All skill levels and all ages are welcome. You don’t need a
fancy camera, a cell phone will do!
After the walks, photographers are encouraged to post their best
photos to a special McLaren photowalk
Flickr group, or
eMail them to us directly. All images
will be eligible for the followup photo shows and exhibits being
For more info, contact
Ed Brownson or sign up for our newsletter.
walk with Nathaniel Paluga.
Saturday May 4, noon to
3pm. Meet at the parking lot at Visitacion and
Mansell. (MUNI #29 & 56)
Principle Philosopher Nathaniel Paluga will be leading another
"Philosopher's Walk" through San Francisco's
Philosopher's Way in McLaren Park.
Past walks have covered "Wisdom" and
"Beauty". The topic for this walk will be
"Respect." See Nathaniel's
Way facebook page for more information. This is a free
event, but donations are gladly accepted to help pay for park
maps and other tour facilitation costs.
Wednesday May 8, 7:00 - 9:00PM
Crocker-Amazon Clubhouse, Moscow at Italy
(MUNI 8X, 43, 54)
The public is invited to this monthly
meeting of the McLaren Park Collaborative to discuss
important issues regarding McLaren Park. This month
we will go over two different proposals that hope to
bring more music to Jerry Garcia Amphitheater.
Representatives from SF Rec & Park will be there to
answer questions and take input. Other topics
include an update on September's mountain bike
festival, updates on Park Patrol issues and a
preliminary discussions on the $10 million in bond
funds coming to McLaren.
For more information, contact Tom
Nerds For Nature
BioBlitz in McLaren Park
Saturday, May 11, Noon -
Starts at Mansell/Visitacion Picnic
Area (MUNI 29, 56)
Save McLaren Park
is thrilled to co-host a "BioBlitz" day in
McLaren, organized by Bay
Nature Magazine and a new citizen
science group called Nerds
For Nature. There will be something for
everyone, from serious birders and botanists looking for
a new challenge, to youngsters wanting a cool new
citizen-science app to play with, to not-so-young nature
lovers whose binoculars have collected too much dust.
all you have to do:
Team Leaders Include:
- Download the free iPhone
(or get familiar with the on-line iNaturalist
- Get your own iNaturalist account.
- Pack up your smart phone and/or digital camera, binoculars, and magnifying glass, if you've got them.
- Pack your water bottle and snacks.
- Join the nerdy nature adventure!
Here's a Nerds
for Nature blog post and a recent press
release about the bioblitz. We could use a few more volunteers for the lunch
crew, to help get folks checked in and pointed in the right direction, and to
act as park guides to the bioblitz participants. If you'd like to join the
"bioblitz action team", please contact Ken
McGary or Tom
The BioBlitz Schedule:
Learn more and sign up now at the McLaren
BioBlitz Eventbrite Page.
- Noon to 1:00 pm -- Free Picnic Lunch (bring a dish
if you wish) Welcome, Introduction to the
- 1:00 - 4:00 pm -- ID Teams spread out to their
assigned zone of the park and start loggingwhat they
can identify. Friendly competition ensues until
- 4:00 - 4:30 pm -- Meet back at the picnic area
for group walks, impromptu car pools, driving
directions, and other match-making so that we all
make the short trip down the hill to the...
- 4:30 - 5:30 pm -- Wrap Up Presentation and
Celebration -- Join us at the Vis
Valley Library Community Room for a report and
presentation of the day's accomplishments, and a
brief discussion of potential future events.
News from Save McLaren Park
SF311: A High-Tech Squeeky Wheel
reporting system devised some years ago by the Neighborhood
Parks Council (now
Parks Alliance) has helped bring awareness and
accountability to various infrastructure problems in our open
spaces. The 311 program is
an even more comprehensive effort that covers the entire City,
using both an on-line system and live phone operators to
transcribe voice reports from 311 callers.
Now there are several
apps for that, and we hope to see this new trend towards
high-tech civic engagement blossom even further. Check out this
of several new apps that feed directly into the City's SF311
system. We have tried
some success, but the others have their merit as well.
advantage of the apps is that they use your smartphone's GPS to
geo-tag the report, and you can directly attach photos that you
take of the problem, as well. We invite you to try them all out
and let us know how it goes. And we also encourage you to use as
practice data all of the illegal dumping and graffiti that has
been on the rise in our park, especially along the Mansell
corridor, but in other corners as well. Let see how loud we can
squeek the wheel for John McLaren Park!
Coyotes and foxes in the park!
regulars have been seeing several coyotes and a family of foxes in the last
Coyotes are moving into urban areas all across the country and
San Francisco is no exception.
City coyotes are generally not a threat to humans. Timid
by nature, they have adapted
to the urban environment and are able to find plenty of food.
strong>However, these rules-of-thumb change during breeding time,
which is now. Two
coyotes seen together - like those recently sited in McLaren - are
likely a breeding pair and can be more agressive, particularly when
the pups arrive. (Click image for info on coexisting with
coyotes. For a more detailed brochure,
If you see a coyote:
- Do not approach it. Back away calmly.
- Do not offer it food.
- Important: control your dog! Coyotes and dogs do not mix
and your dog will lose a fight. Smaller dogs can even be killed Keep your dog on leash in areas
where coyotes have been sited.
- If a coyote approaches you, make yourself
large, shout, if necessary throw something (not food!)
at or behind the coyote, and move away slowly towards a more
Report motorcycles in the
In recent weeks a number of motorcycles have been
riding at high speeds through the trails and meadows
of McLaren. This threatens natural habitat and
Riding a motorcycle in a city park is against the
law! Police encourage anyone seeing motorcycles in
the park to call 911 immediately.
Save McLaren Park?
McLaren Park contains some of the
last wild spaces
in the city.
In 2010, a disc golf
course was slated for some of
the park's most
sensitive areas. In response, neighbors and friends came together to create
Save McLaren Park (SMP).
Initally focused on the disc golf issue,
today SMP looks for new and fun ways to engage the McLaren Park
comunity. We organize
nature walks, picnics, and promote other activities in our natural
areas such as work parties and
trail building events. With the groundswell of new enthusiasm for
this well-loved but long-neglected park, McLaren's future is brighter
Get a copy of SMP's new wayfinding map of McLaren Park!
All the map
you'll need to enjoy McLaren
Park's many offerings. Created by SMP's
8.5 x 11 or
x 17 sizes.
Why is Disc Golf in
McLaren Park a Bad Idea?
Save McLaren Park does not think Disc Golf is a good fit for McLaren Park.
Why? Read more...