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Active San Mateo County is an initiative that brings together leaders and community members to explore ways of promoting healthy, active lifestyles and more livable communities through the annual Fall conference and Streets Alive! Parks Alive! in May.




HISTORICAL TOURISM IN 2017: 9th Annual Active San Mateo Conference on October 20th

What do you know of San Mateo County's history and how historical tourism impacts the local economy? How can you get active by visiting local historical sites, museums, walking routes, parks and open spaces? Learn about the nexus between history and tourism in San Mateo County. Join us on Friday, October 20th for a half-day conference with speakers. Free to register. Light breakfast included. Program begins at 9:00 a.m. Download the flyer here.

Friday, October 20th
8:30a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Belmont Library
1110 Alameda de las Pulgas, Belmont
Speakers include:
Anne LeClair, President & CEO, San Mateo County Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau
Rachael Lopes, Public Access Program Manager, Peninsula Open Space Trust
Mitch Postel, President, San Mateo County Historical Association




Streets Alive! Parks Alive! is an annual event started by Supervisor Carole Groom in April 2010, inspired by the first Active San Mateo County Conference, "Creating and Using Active Public Spaces." In his keynote presentation, Gil Penalosa challenged San Mateo County to participate in the 2010 National Institutes of Health Campaign, "1000 Cities, 1000 Lives," which encouraged cities to close streets to cars and open streets to people. Since then, numerous cities have participated annually, providing free opportunities for the community to participate in health-promoting activities and celebrate their public spaces. 


PARKS FOREVER!: 8th Annual Active San Mateo Conference

Celebrating the centennial of the National Parks System, "Parks Forever! celebrates the recreational activities available to San Mateo County residents at the local, state and national levels on Friday, October 21st. Speakers include Lisa Mangat, Director of California State Parks, Aaron Roth, Acting General Superintendent of Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Marlene Finley, Director of San Mateo County Parks.



WORDS FROM THE WILD: 7th Annual Active SMC Conference

Wild California is at our doorstep! The 7th annual Active San Mateo County Conference, entitled Words from the Wild, was held October 22, 2015 at the Belmont Library. Keynote Speaker Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle Outdoors Writer, Author, and two-time National Outdoor Writer of the Year, shared his experiences and insight into exploring the local wild outdoors in California and San Mateo County. A local panel of recreation experts expanded on the opportunities available in San Mateo County from hiking to kayaking.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: 6th Annual Active SMC Conference

The 6th annual Active San Mateo County Conference, entitled Food for Thought, was held on October 29, 2014 at the San Mateo Garden Center. Keynote speaker Miriam Russell-Wadleigh, the Executive Chef at Stanford University, gave a dynamic address that touched on local sourcing of food products, the economics of food for restaurants and farmers, and creative ways of utilizing healthy produce in daily cooking. About 80 attendees heard Chef Russell-Wadleigh's address and participated in 4 different panel workshops and a tour of the Beresford Community Garden. This year's conference centered on being healthier through better eating, including the roles that community gardens, farmer's markets, nutrition, and better community planning play. 


Resources for 2014 Conference

San Mateo County Food System Alliance


Master Gardeners of San Mateo & San Francisco Counties


San Mateo County As Fresh As It Gets


San Mateo County Farmers Markets 


Certified Farmers Markets


The Health Trust's Healthy Eating Initiative


Food System Assessment Report


Resources for 2013 Conference