A film by Oakland Trails.

In their award-winning short film Trailhead, documentary filmmakers Emily Fraser and Henry Weiner offer an exploration of the history and heart behind the creation of hundreds of miles of interconnected wildland trails minutes from downtown Oakland, California. Profiling the volunteer network of hikers, bikers, dog walkers, historians and educators who donate their time to help maintain this cherished place of refuge and recreation, Trailhead highlights the importance of community in protecting and preserving this gateway to the East Bay’s majestic redwood forests. Inspired by their shared love and appreciation of nature, these dedicated environmental stewards maintain trails, restore wildlife habitat and provide local students and youth groups with the opportunity to enjoy and learn about the natural world and continue the critical legacy of conservation.


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  • Harmony Gates

    I am so appreciative of the local community volunteer involvement in these parks. I had no idea. I was touched to see how those who use the parks give back. I was reminded of how the Native peoples also cared-for, maintained and cultivated these and other lands that they lived in. What a blessing to have maintained these natural resources, and not just filled every bit of ground with housing.

  • Sandy

    Loving the way it shows not just the wonder and beauty of the wildland, but also how foresight preserved the magnificence, and how volunteers continue to help keep it up!

  • R. Whittaker

    Oh, my. What a lovely film about the treasures of Oakland and the East Bay.. as these parks go beyond Oakland, too. Thank you to all who made the film and who are profiled doing such good work to support these parks.

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  • Join the Arbor Day Foundation and create your own local forest legacy by planting trees in your community. 
  • Get out and about and explore nature's beauty where you live. In case helpful, here are some of the best hiking trails in North America.  
  • Wherever you are in the world, check out opportunities to give back to the planet by volunteering with local conservation groups. 

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