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Palo Alto CA 94301
Phone: 650-496-6962
Fax: 650-496-5925
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Mon-Thu 7:30am-5:30pm
Fri 8am-5pm (Closed Alt Fri) 

Foothills Park and Pearson Arastradero Preserve
8am to sunset

Baylands Ranger Station
2500 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
8am to sunset

Baylands Nature Center
2775 Embarcadero Road
Tue-Fri 2pm-5pm
Sat-Sun 1pm-5pm

Neighborhood Parks
3201 E. Bayshore Road
The Baylands

Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay. Fifteen miles of multi-use trails provide access to a unique mixture of tidal and fresh water habitats.

Baylands Nature Preserve Facilities

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive
      Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road
Byxbee Park Hills (Art Park), 2375
      Embarcadero Road 
Wildlife observation platforms and
Emily Renzel Wetlands, 2900 block of
      East Bayshore Road
Baylands Athletic Center (baseball and
      softball), at the end of Geng Road
Picnic facilities and barbecues (adjacent
      to the Ranger Station),
     2500 Embarcadero Road

Some of the facilities can be rented and reserved.

Many consider this area to be one of the best bird watching areas on the west coast. The preserve has a substantial resident population of birds as well as being a major migratory stopover on the Pacific Flyway.

Things To Do include walking, running or biking on 15-miles of trails, bird watching, wind surfing, and boating (non-motorized such as canoes, kayaks or small, hand-launched boats and sailboards). The City also offers a variety of nature walks and programs on ecology and natural history.

Preserve Rules

Park in designated parking areas.

  • Dogs are permitted on leash, unless posted in special nesting areas. If you would like to exercise your dog off-leash, please visit the Mitchell Park Dog Run, located behind 455 E. Charleston Road, Palo Alto.
  • Speed limit 15 MPH.
  • Because roadways are narrow, skates and coasting devices are only allowed on paved, off-road preserve trails (along East Bayshore Road and behind the Baylands Athletic Center).
  • Please do not feed wildlife! Please don’t abandon pets or birds such as rabbits, geese or ducks.

Special Needs
The Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center is completely handicapped accessible. All exhibits and displays have been produced according to Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines. All exhibit text is presented in both English and Spanish.

Baylands Conservation Plan
The Open Space & Parks Division is in the process of developing a comprehensive conservation study of the Baylands. 

Open Space Medallions - Order Yours Today
Fundraiser for Adopt-a-Park

2012 Open Space Hours
Hours for Palo Alto Open Space
Note: Entry is closed one half hour before preserve closing time.
( 2012 Open Space Hours (PDF) )

School Classes & Outreach at Open Space Preserves
Teachers and home-schoolers can support their curriculum with trips through parts of the Baylands Nature Preserve, Foothills Park or Pearson-Arastradero Preserve.  Let us captivate you and your students at the City of Palo Alto’s unique Open Spaces.
( visit the baylands home page )

Hikes and Nature Programs
The City of Palo Alto offers a variety of nature programs and other activities in the open space preserves.

Baylands Nature Preserve Information
Bounded by Mountain View and East Palo Alto, the 1,940-acre Baylands Nature Preserve is the largest tract of undisturbed marshland remaining in the San Francisco Bay.
( visit preserves and open space page )

Summer Nature Programs in Open Space
Join us for some ranger-led activities held in the various open space preserves. Have some fun while you learn!
( Open Space nature programs )

Fishing at Palo Alto Baylands
Fishing is permitted in designated locations in the Baylands. All California Department of Fish & Game rules and regulations apply.
( Baylands fishing locations )

Palo Alto Open Space Trail Map
Trail map of all Open Space preserves, including the Bay to Ridge Trail.
( Palo Alto Open Space Trail Map )

History of Baylands Nature Preserve
History of the John Fletcher Byxbee Recreation Area, more commonly known as the Baylands Nature Preserve.

Baylands Nature Preserve Natural Calendar
Visitors will enjoy a number of special events at the Baylands.

Activities at Baylands Nature Preserve
Numerous opportunities for enrichment and recreation are presented at the Baylands.
( visit the baylands home page )

Baylands Nature Preserve: Just For Kids
Explore, discover, learn and have fun!
( visit the baylands home page )

Baylands Nature Preserve Birding
Information about birding at the Baylands.
( visit Baylands Nature Preserve )

Renting Facilities at Baylands Nature Preserve
Facility rentals at the Baylands are quite robust.  Explore rental opportunities, here.
( visit the baylands home page )

Información del Programa en Español
Los terrenos de la Bahia en Palo Alto son un gran lugar para excursiones familiar y para que ninos exploren la naturaleza.
( visit the baylands home page )

Recycled Water Information
Recycled water is wastewater that has been purified through a high level of treatment. Reducing the amount of treated wastewater discharged into the South Bay decreases the impacts on saltwater marshes.

Documents to Download
Baylands Birding Hotspots Map
Revision Date: 07/13/2006
Baylands Trail Map
Revision Date: 08/27/2011
Bird Species Taxonomy List
A listing of the seasons that bird species can be seen at the Baylands.
Revision Date: 07/25/2007
Interpretive Program Request and Reservation Form
Interpretive Program Request and Reservation Form
Revision Date: 08/10/2011
Nature Notes - Baylands
Downloadable nature notes of wildlife and other items of interest found within the Baylands of Palo Alto
Beach Hoppers
Learn about Beach Hoppers
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Birds of the Salt Marsh
Learn about the seven types of birds found at the Baylands
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Black Rail, Black-Necked Stilt
Learn about the Black Rail and the Black-Necked Stilt
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
California Clapper Rail
Learn about the California Clapper Rail
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Call of the Rails
On the Bay Trail in the Palo Alto Baylands - Discover where you can find Clapper rails, black rails and other rare birds and animals among the marshes near the Nature Center.
Revision Date: 06/07/2007
Learn about Diatoms, a type of algae
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Fishes common to the South Bay
Learn about fishes common to the South San Francisco Bay
Revision Date: 07/13/2006
From Marsh to Mudflats
Learn about the plants and animals found within the sloughs, salt marshes, mud flats and shallow waters of the Baylands
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Glimpse into the Past
A snapshot of the Baylands from Ohlone roots to the present.
Revision Date: 07/13/2006
Harbor Seals
Learn about Harbor Seals found in the San Francisco Bay
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Microscopic Crustaceans
Learn about microscopic crustaceans
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Peregrine Falcons
Learn about Peregrine Falcons
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Preserving Habitat
Learn about preserving the Baylands habitat for wildlife
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse
Learn about the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Sharks of the South Bay
Learn about sharks of the South Bay
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Learn about swallows
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Learn about how tides affect the Baylands
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Water Boatmen
Learn about the Water Boatmen, aquatic insects
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
White-tailed Kite
Learn about the White-tailed Kite
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Who's polluting our Bay?
Learn about pollution in the bay
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Wild Ducks of the Baylands
Learn about wild ducks of the Baylands
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Learn about Willets
Revision Date: 06/12/2007
Learn about marine worms and nematodes
Revision Date: 06/13/2007
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