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Coastal Wildflower Day / Earth Day

Welcome spring, celebrate California Native Plant Week and honor Earth Day. 

A Day to Celebrate and Serve
Two Events on One Day – April 16

This year Coastal Wildflower Day and Earth Day celebrations will come together on April 16th at Half Moon Bay State Beach for a unique combination of celebration and service.

There will be fun activities for all ages, games and crafts for young people, live music and artists, plus Earth Day habitat restoration.

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016 Logo

Earth Day Activities
Time: 8:30 am – 1:00 pm    View schedule
Location: Dunes Beach, Half Moon Bay
Cost: Free
Parking: Free for Earth Day volunteers
$10 / car State Parks parking fee

Coastal Wildflower Festival
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Francis Beach,
Half Moon Bay State Beach
Cost: Free
Parking: $10 / car State Parks parking fee
Walk or bike in for free

Download map and detailed activities schedule.

This event is cosponsored by California State Parks and Coastside State Parks Association with support from local community organizations.

Coastal Wildflower Festival


All-Day Family Fun Activities

  • Games and crafts for young people
  • Demonstration of native plant gardens
  • Guided wildflower walks
  • Live music on two stages
  • Artists’ booths selling coastal-inspired works
  • Bistro serving hot beverages
  • ‘Beyond the Border’ food truck for lunch

Preview the artists and musicians participating.

For Gardeners and Native Plant Enthusiasts

Interested in learning more about planting a drought-resistant garden attractive to native wildlife?

  • Half Moon Bay Native Plant Nursery will be open all day
  • Gardening experts from the nursery, California Native Plant Society and Master Gardeners will be available to offer advice.
  • Buy native plants in exchange for a donation to support the nursery
  • Visit demonstration native plant gardens
  • Guided wildflower walks at 11 am and 1 pm


Coastside Trail Art Installations   ** New This Year **

Art installations along the Coastside Trail, between Francis Beach and Dunes Beach, will feature work by Bay Area artists designed to invite interaction with visitors and provide insights into the relationship between human creativity and the inspiration provided by natural environments.

Preview the artists participating.

Coloring Contest

Create your own art for Coastal Wildflower Day by entering the festival’s coloring contest.  Download this drawing of coastal wildflowers, color the flowers, and bring your colored drawing to the Francis Beach Visitor Center on April16 to be put on display for the day.

Visitors will vote for their favorite drawing and the winners, children and adults – will receive a prize at the end of the day.  You need not be present to win.

Children’s prize – beach Shuffle
Adult’s prize – The original colored drawing of Coastal Wildflowers, donated by local artist Robert Carter.


Earth Day Activities

Honor Earth Day with service projects to protect and restore local State Parks.

Dunes Beach, at the end of Young Ave.
Parking: Free for Earth Day volunteers
Registration: Begins at 8:30 with coffee and light breakfast
Schedule: 9:00 am Welcome, start restoration
Noon Lunch served to volunteers
1:00 pm Earth Day Activities end

Earth Day volunteers are requested to sign up in advance for the Half Moon Bay State Beach Earth Day event.

Be sure to visit the Coastal Wildflower Day festivities at Francis Beach by walking south on the Coastside Trail.

Library Talk on Coastal Wildflowers

Join us for a talk and slide show on “Wildflowers of Half Moon Bay”.

When: Thursday, April 7, 6 pm – 8 pm
Where: Half Moon Bay Library
620 Correas Street, Half Moon Bay, CA
Cost: Free
Speakers: Toni Corelli and Avis Boutell
Local Botanists and State Park Native
Plant Nursery volunteers.

Half Moon Bay has a colorful array of wildflowers occurring along our bluff tops and beaches. Join us in celebrating spring and learning about the diversity of plants that occur in Half Moon Bay from Cowell Ranch Beach to Pillar Point.