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Mt. Tam As We See It: BayWood Artists Paint the Spirit of the Mountain

One Tam Fall 2016: Baywood Artists (370px)

 Photo by Sandy Allen

This fall, the nationally acclaimed, Marin-based BayWood Artists are turning their gaze toward Mt. Tam. They will offer original depictions of the mountain in a benefit show for One Tam: “Mt. Tam as We See It: BayWood Artists Paint the Spirit of the Mountain.”

BayWood Artists is a nonprofit group of talented local artists that partners each year with a nonprofit environmental organization to produce an exhibit that will both raise funds for, and bring awareness to, Bay Area environmental causes. The artists will donate 50% of sales from this show to One Tam’s work to protect the mountain and promote stewardship. 

Join us at the Mill Valley Community Center on Saturday, October 1 (11 am–6 pm), and Sunday, October 2 (11 am–4 pm) for a free public show of works by these celebrated artists. Meet the artists and learn more about their work at the artists’ reception on Saturday, October 1 (3–6 pm).

Mt. Tam Science Summit 

One Tam Fall 2016:  Science Summit (370px)

Photo by Kirke Wrench

How healthy is Mt. Tam? The mountain’s four land management agencies, together with other Bay Area scientists, will gather at this two-day summit to begin to answer this question. They’ll share what they know, and what they don’t yet know, about the condition of selected plants, animals, and natural processes found on Mt Tam.

Friday, October 28 will focus on sharing technical material and findings with resource managers, interested stakeholders, and the scientific community. Saturday, October 29 will offer resource-based "lightning” talks, an interactive panel discussion, and a Tam-related organizations’ exhibition.
Interested conservation, recreation, and stakeholder groups; teachers; students; volunteers; and community members are encouraged to attend. Both days will feature a poster session and photo contest. You can choose to come to one or both days. 

These findings will also be presented in the form of a scientific paper, brief summary, and a new easy-to-navigate web tool where you will be able to dig into the topics that interest you most, all accessible online this fall. Visit for more event details and to register

For questions on event details, contact For science questions, contact If you’re interested in sponsoring the summit, contact

We all have a role to play in helping the mountain’s natural communities thrive—come learn how! 

Kicking off the One Tam Monthly Member Hikes

One Tam Fall 2016: Monthly Member Hikes (1, 370px)

Photo by Paul Myers

We are excited to launch a One Tam monthly hike series for members! Join us for a walk with fellow members and One Tam staff at one of our inaugural hikes:

Wednesday, September 21, 4–6 pm: Tam Trails Afternoon Hikes: Blithedale Ridge — Join One Tam staff and fellow members on a hike that starts on the Glen Fire Rd. trailhead, located just beyond the Mill Valley Golf Course, and continues up to Blithedale Ridge. The difficulty level is moderate, with some great views of Mt. Tam. During the hike we’ll share news about what’s happening on the mountain through the One Tam partnership. Register>> 

Saturday, October 22, 10 am–Noon: Mt. Tam for the Whole Fam — Bring the kids and enjoy an easy, family-friendly hike on Mt. Tam's East Peak! Join our One Tam team, along with our partners at the Friends of Mt. Tam, to discover plants and animals of the mountain—and learn about the historic “gravity car” that used to whoosh down the mountainside! Register >> 

Saturday, November 5, 10 am –Noon: A Peak Experience on Mt. Tam — Join filmmaker Gary Yost and Marin Municipal Water District ranger Matt Cerkel on Mt. Tam for a special hike on West Peak and discussion about the true peak of our beloved mountain. Gary and Matt will lead you on a hike starting from the Mountain Theater overflow parking lot up the Mountaintop Trail to the long-abandoned Mill Valley Air Force Station. Register >>

Each month we’ll feature a new trail or points of interest on the mountain, so check our calendar for updates. Come and learn more about Mt. Tam and get to know others who share your love for the mountain. Contact Monica Stafford at for more information! 

One Tam Fall 2016: Monthly Member Hikes (2, 370px)

Photo by Monica Stafford

Youth Opportunities on the Mountain

One Tam Fall 2016: Youth Opportunities (370px)

Photo by Paul Myers

Through the One Tam partnership, we are now providing more seamless youth programs by filling in staffing gaps, expanding our immersive programs for high school and college students, and connecting existing programs on the mountain to create cumulative experiences, or stepping stones, for youth looking to explore new careers. Examples include: 

• For our youngest students through high school, we support Schools on the Watershed, which provides environmental education opportunities for Marin elementary, middle, and high schools. We also host service-learning programs for classes and youth groups of all ages. 

• For high school students interested in service work and opportunities on Mt. Tam, we recently completed our second season of LINC on Tam (Linking Individuals to their Natural Community) program. This is an immersive six-week experience for 18 local youth, many of whom never before had the chance to even visit the mountain. The aim is to teach outdoor and career skills, grow appreciation for Mt. Tam’s resources, and nurture the next generation of conservationists.

• For our local college students, we are now partnering with the College of Marin to provide a diverse array of part-time internships that allow college students to get academic credit and professional experience while exposing them to new careers in the park. 

• For those looking for their first post-college jobs and to establish their careers in the field of conservation, One Tam offers full-time, year-long internships.

Together we aim to provide pathways for our youth to get involved, educated, and excited about conservation of Marin’s incredible natural areas. To preview the opportunities these special programs offer, check out what our 2015 LINC students said about their summer with One Tam, and take a peek at the 2016 cohort’s experience with Packing the Parks, a special event honoring the National Park Service Centennial. 

Contact William Hough,, to learn more about youth opportunities on Mt. Tam.

LINC 2016 group trip

Field Notes: Rare Plant Sightings

One Tam Fall 2016: Field Notes (370px)

Photo by Lieven Leroy

One Tam’s Conservation Management Team coordinates with agency scientists on a variety of land management tasks, including rare plant monitoring. Here are a few highlights from our spring and summer 2016 field season: 

• Surveyed Bolinas Ridge for two rare Ceanothus species and one rare manzanita. By merging two teams from different agencies that used to work independently, the teams reduced double counting and improved our data.

• Surveyed Oakland mariposa lily (Calochortus umbellatus) near Homestead Valley and State Parks land, documenting five patches with more than 150 individuals.

• Began tracking 10 serpentine species at 15 barrens in the Carson Ridge region. Species included the endemic Mt. Tamalpais jewelflower (Streptanthus batrachopus), San Anselmo navarretia (Navarretia rosulata) and Mt. Tam lessingia (Lessingia micradenia). We hope to expand this project to Mt. Tam State Parks lands in 2017.

This fall we are crunching numbers and sharing lessons learned, and writing our vegetation monitoring plan for next year. When we are out on the mountain at this time of year, we're keeping our eyes peeled for late blooming rarities like California bottle brush grass (Elymus californicus). For questions about our conservation management work, contact 

Calochortus umbellatus

Photo by David Greenberger


West Peak Update

On September 6, the Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors approved the initiation of an 18-month process to develop alternative restoration scenarios for West Peak. We’ll be posting updates on our progress at The goal is to find the right balance between restoring the ecosystem, preserving the site’s history, and improving access and interpretation for visitors. We are still seeking financial support for this phase of the project; if you are interested in contributing to the improvement of this special site, contact 

You can also contribute to our process by telling us how you experience West Peak! Take the brief survey now. Capture any cool photos up at the site? Share on social media with#westpeaking to help us gather different perspectives of West Peak.

One Tam Fall 2016: West Peak (175px)

One Tam Welcomes Three New Interns

Say hello to Jacob Martin, Naftali Moed, and Maegan Tell, One Tam’s newest team members! They will be assisting our program managers over the next year to deliver and further develop our stewardship, education, and outreach work. You’ll see them out on the mountain starting September 13.

Come See Us!

Meet One Tam and partner staff this fall at the Sound Summit, State Parks’ Poetry in the Parks event, and the 60th annual Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival. Stop by during your visit for updates on current projects, events, and opportunities. We hope to see you there!

One Tam Fall 2016: Marin County Fair 175px

Photo by Jen Greene

Introducing the new One Tam Roving Ranger!

This mobile trailhead and park education hub will debut at community events this fall. You’ll find it at locations throughout Marin, offering information on Mt. Tam’s parks and trails, natural resources, special events, and volunteer opportunities. The One Tam Roving Ranger brings the mountain to you! 

One Tam Fall 2016:  One Tam Roving Ranger (175px)

Tam Talk

Join us for an interactive discussion with executives from One Tam’s partner organizations on November 12, 3–5 pm, at the Corte Madera Community Center. Learn more about One Tam’s programs and projects, and plans for the next year of partnership. Representatives from the National Park Service, California State Parks, Marin County Parks, Marin Municipal Water District, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will be on hand to answer your questions. 

Are You a One Tam Member?

Mt. Tamalpais Trails Book

Join and support the mountain you love, and you will receive a free copy of Barry Spitz’s definitive trail guide, Mount Tamalpais Trails—as well as access to our new monthly member hikes. Visit our giving page to learn more about member benefits. One Tam’s work to protect the mountain and enrich educational opportunities would not be possible without your contributions.

Wine Anyone?

Help make our upcoming events extra special by donating a few bottles for our guests to enjoy (and we hope you’ll join us too!). We are especially looking to provide reception refreshments for the Mt. Tam Science Summit and the BayWood Artists benefit (Saturday, October 1 only). Donations are tax-deductible. Contact Monica at to support. 

Do You Shop at Mill Valley Market?

We are now members of the Mill Valley Shop & Give Program. Just tell your checker at the check stand that you would like to support One Tam.

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Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars with these upcoming special events!

Sound Summit, September 17

One Tam Member Hike, September

Mt. Tam As We See It: Baywood Artists Paint the Spirit of the Mountain, October 1-2

Poetry in the Parks, October 9

One Tam Member Hike, October

2016 Mt. Tam Science Summit, October 28-29

One Tam Member Hike, November

Tam Talk, November 12

Mt. Tam Day of Thanks, November 19





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