Looking for the best information on Bay Area open spaces? You’ve come to the right place! Our Field Guides library has just what you need to get out and discover this special corner of California.

Here you’ll find information on our world-class hiking and biking trails, beaches, redwood forests, wildflowers, farm-fresh food, dog-friendly hikes and local wildlife. Get to know this special place we call home.

Our Favorite Hiking Trails

A guide to some of the best trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and running on POST-protected land.

Posted on By Paco Melo
A Seasonal Hiking Guide to the Peninsula and South Bay

Find the best local hikes, each month of the year.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
Coastal Hikes Guide to the San Francisco Peninsula

Find the best coastal hikes from San Francisco to Santa Cruz.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
11 Easy Summer Escapes

A guide to easy summer escapes found right here in the Bay Area. Get outside and savor summer!  

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
Dog-friendly Hikes of the Peninsula and South Bay

Find the best hikes to escape with your furry friends.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
14 Bay Area Birds and Where to Find Them

An illustrated guide to 14 iconic birds in the Bay Area and where to find them in our open spaces.

Posted on By Paco Melo
Fresh Food from 11 Local Farms

A guide to 11 farms on POST-protected farmland and where to find their fresh food.

Posted on By Paco Melo
Top 12 Bike Trails Through the POST Lands

An easy-to-use guide to some of the best bike rides in our region.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
A Recipe Book of Local Flavors

This recipe book includes 14 dishes inspired by the abundance of fresh ingredients grown on POST-protected farms on the San Mateo County coast.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
A Guide to Local Wildflower Blooms

An identification guide to 30 common wildflowers in the Bay Area, where to find them on POST-protected land and some fun facts.

Posted on By Paco Melo
Vistas of the Peninsula and South Bay

Visit the best viewpoints of the Peninsula and South Bay with these five drives and five hikes.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
Watershed Map of the Peninsula

An original map of the watersheds of the Peninsula, San Mateo Coast and South Bay from local artist Obi Kaufmann.

Posted on By Matt Dolkas
An Interactive Calendar of Natural Events

An interactive calendar that illustrates the rhythms of wildlife, agriculture, plants and the stars.

Posted on By Paco Melo
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