Galls for Beginners
Free Docent-led Nature Walk
Galls are among the most intriguing curiosities in the natural world. Join us on a 3 to 4 mile hike at Edgewood Park to discover galls, the amazing results of interactions between plants and insects, fungi, or other creatures.
We'll learn the basics of who makes galls, where to find them, and why they are so fascinating.
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.
We welcome seniors and families. We'll teach children and adults to identify poison oak, common along the trails.
Visitors can complement their docent-led walk by visiting the new 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.