· Volunteers Needed
· Ranger-Led Hikes
· Trail Workdays
. Jr. Ranger Activity Camps
· Virtual Tour
Living with California Mountain Lions
Hiking Trails/Open Space Map
Ranger Service acts as the voice of nature, speaking to the users, and
uniting them to help protect the natural resources. Through
enforcement, education, maintenance, and rehabilitation of the parks,
creeks, and open space, Park Rangers help the public enjoy the areas
but also protect it for future generations.
open space is a job for not only the Rangers. The City encourages
every user to aid in the preservation of the natural surroundings
while enjoying time spent in the area. Through environmental education
on Ranger-Led Hikes, after school programs, and
public contacts, the community becomes more aware of their effect on
the natural environment and how they can help restore it’s natural
simple guidelines to protect the participant and make the most of the
Stay on the trail
Wear sturdy shoes
Bring plenty of water
Follow other posted guidelines
Keep dog on leash and pick up after them
key element for the preservation of the open space is involvement of
community groups and volunteers. Volunteers donating time, hard work,
and genuine interest in caring for nature are invaluable to the care
and upkeep of the 3,000 acres of open space. Volunteering is not only
rewarding, but there is scarcely a better way to take part in what
occurs in open space than being personally involved in the process.
have become the focal point for the Ranger Service. With only a
handful of hired staff to manage the land, it is crucial to have
community service events, Trail Workdays,
Volunteer Trail Lookouts hiking the trails, and groups adopting a
specific open space.
what a volunteer does?
build and maintain trails
restore native vegetation along the creek corridor
bridges, catwalks, benches and much more
any service groups, associations, organizations, clubs, students,
individuals, or anyone else would like to take part in the
preservation of the City's open space, volunteering is
encouraged. Please call the Senior Park Ranger at (805) 781-7302 for more information.
hikes offer a wonderful personal tour of the City's Open Space.
It is important to follow the simple guidelines for hiking, listed
above. Anyone can schedule their own hike or join one of the
following scheduled Ranger-led hikes:
Sunday, October 14 - Islay Hill Open
Sunday, November 11 -
Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve - directions
Sunday, December 9 - South Hills @ Exposition -
Sunday, January 13 -
Bishop Peak @ Patricia- directions
Sunday, February 10 -
Irish Hills at Prefumo Canyon - directions
Sunday, March 16 -
Bowden Ranch - directions
Sunday, April 13 -
Irish Hills @ Madonna Road - directions
Sunday May 11 -
Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve - directions
781-7302 for information on upcoming hikes
hikes start at 1:00pm. Hike duration varies with group. We ask that
all participants please wear study shoes and bring plenty of water to
to take a hike on your own? View our hiking
trail map online for more information. A trail map of
Irish Hills Open Space
is available online, you need Adobe Acrobat to view.
partnership with SLO Stewards, monthly Trail Workdays are held in the
City's Open Space. Tools will be provided, along with some water
and refreshments. The following is a list of scheduled Trail
Saturday, October 6 - Stenner Springs - directions
Saturday, October 20 - Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve -
Saturday, November 3 - Irish Hills @ Prefumo Canyon -
Saturday, November 17 - Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve -
Saturday, December 1 - Reservoir Canyon Natural Reserve- directions
Saturday, December 15 - Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve -
Saturday, January 12 - Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve -
Saturday, January 26 - Bishop Peak @ Highland -
Saturday, February 9 - Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve -
Saturday, February 23 - Irish Hills Natural Reserve-
workdays are from 9:00am-12:00pm. Meet at the trailhead at 9:00am.
Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. Water and snacks will be
781-7302 for information on upcoming trail workdays.
Junior Ranger Activity Camps
Ranger Service is offering two Environmental Education camps this
summer. Details are as follows:
"Summer Kick-Off" Jr. Ranger Activity Camp
Taught by City of SLO Park Rangers
off the summer with a week long environmental education camp designed
to teach children about the many facets of San Luis Obispo's natural
environment. Kids will enjoy a bit of classroom style
instruction combined with outdoor hands-on learning! Lessons
pertaining to native flora and fauna, habitat conservation,
environmental ethics, and resource conservation will be taught
utilizing a nearby park. At the completion of the five day
session, campers will be awarded a Jr. Ranger certificate and will be
inspired to continue in their outdoor education. Must
pre-register; no on-site registrations. Last day to register is
Monday, June 11.
Class # Title
1070.201 Jr. Ranger 7-11
9am - 2pm June 18 - 22
"Summer Wrap" Jr. Ranger Activity Camp
Taught by City of SLO Park Rangers
up the summer with an educational week long environmental camp hosted
by the City of SLO Ranger Service. Immersed in the environment
of San Luis Obispo learning about area ecology will be an awesome way
for children to spend the end of their summer vacation.
Activities and lessons will take place both in and out of doors, and
will pertain to plant and animal identification, wilderness survival,
environmental etiquette, and resource conservation. At the
completion of the five day session, campers will be awarded a Jr.
Ranger certificate and will be inspired to continue in their outdoor
education. Must pre-register; no on-site registrations.
Last day to register is Monday, August 6.
Class # Title
1070.202 Jr. Ranger 7-11
9am - 2pm Aug 13 - 17
wishing to participate can register online at
stop by the Parks and Recreation Office at 1341 Nipomo St.
Participation in any previous Jr. Ranger Camp should not discourage
the young avid outdoor enthusiast from registering. Each camp
will incorporate different themes and new activities. Campers
already awarded a Jr. Ranger certificate will be given a higher honor
upon completion of their second or third Jr. Ranger course.
Enrollments: minimum 5, maximum 20.
Cost: $75 for 5-day camp. Partial scholarships are available to
qualified families based on financial need using a predetermined
to Ranger-Led Hikes and Trail Workdays:
Peak Natural Reserve: Please
meet at the Highland Drive trailhead. To reach the trailhead, take
Foothill Blvd. west and make a right onto Patricia Drive. Continue
north on Patricia Drive and make a left onto Highland Drive.
Highland Drive will end at the Bishop Peak trailhead.
Peak Natural Reserve - Felsman Loop:
Please meet at the Patricia Drive trailhead. To reach the
trailhead, take Foothill Blvd. west and make a right turn at Patricia
Drive. Continue north on Patricia Drive and the trailhead will
be on the left just past Patricia Court.
Bowden Ranch: Please meet at the Lizzie
Court trailhead. To reach the trailhead, turn east off of
Johnson Avenue onto Lizzie Street and continue up a short ways to end
of street at trailhead.
Cerro San Luis
Natural Reserve: Please
meet at the Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve trailhead. To access the
trailhead, turn right onto Fernandez Road just before the southbound
101 Marsh Street on-ramp.
Hills Natural Reserve: Please meet at the Prefumo Canyon
trailhead. To reach the trailhead, take Los Osos Valley Road
north and turn left onto Prefumo Canyon Road. Follow this road
for 1 mile and the trailhead will be on the left after a bridge
Irish Hills Natural Reserve @
Madonna Trailhead: Please meet at the
Madonna trailhead. To reach the trailhead from Highway 101, take Los
Osos Valley Road north towards Los Osos. Turn left on Madonna Road.
Follow the street to the end and find parking on the street, then walk
up the dirt road to the trailhead.
Hill Open Space: Please meet at the trailhead. To
reach the trailhead, take Broad Street south and make a left onto Tank
Farm Road. Follow this road and make a right onto Wavertree
Street. Make a left onto Spanish Oaks Drive and then a right
onto Sweetbay Lane. Trailhead is at the end of Sweetbay Lane.
Canyon Natural Reserve: Please meet at the Reservoir Canyon
trailhead. To reach the trailhead, take Highway 101 north.
Go past the city limits and turn right onto Reservoir Canyon Road
(second road past the City limits). Reservoir Canyon Road will
end at the trailhead.
Hills Open Space: Please meet at the South Hills trailhead off of
Woodbridge Street. To reach the trailhead take South Street east
and turn right onto Exposition Drive. Go straight and the road
will turn into Woodbridge Street. The trailhead is on the right.
Stenner Springs Properties: Head west out of
San Luis Obispo on Highway 1 towards Morro Bay. Slightly less
than a mile outside of town turn right onto Stenner Creek Road.
Follow Stenner Creek Road for about 2-1/2 miles to the end. Meet
the ranger there.
Living with California Mountain Lions
The Ranger Service would like to
promote education about “Living with California Mountain
Due to the recent sightings of mountain lions in the City’s open
space, it seemed appropriate to inform the public about this species
of wildlife. Some quick tips to follow if a user encounters a
Do Not Hike Alone
Keep Children Close To You
Do Not Run From a Lion
Do All You Can To Appear Larger
a virtual tour of the Bishop Peak
Nature Reserve via the Felsman Loop.....a brochure
detailing the area is available as a PDF file.