Love Silverwood? Place your Adopt-A-Trail bid today!

SW AdoptAtrailLOGOTwo popular trail segments are still available for adoption. Place your silent auction bid today, and enjoy hiking your favorite Silverwood trail with the knowledge that you made trail access possible for hundreds of students and visitors in 2017.

Silverwood’s trail system provides engaging pathways for more than 2,000 elementary school children to experience and learn about our sanctuary’s habitats and wildlife, affords breathtaking views, and challenges visitors to immerse themselves in the natural world.

The safety and sustainability of the Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary trail system depends on both volunteer and monetary support. Steps and bridges must be maintained, trails must be cleared of weeds and encroaching branches, and ditches and control berms maintained to protect the trails from erosion.

The Silverwood Adopt-A-Trail program, established in 2015, provides monetary support for the upkeep of Silverwood’s 13 trail segments.

Adoptions are for one calendar year and directly support trail maintenance projects. Adopters will be acknowledged with “Adopted by” signage at each trailhead for the duration of your adoption gift, on our website, and in Sketches newsletter.

Bids are accepted by email ( or phone (858-273-7800, ext. 102).

Please consider adopting your favorite Silverwood trail.

The table below provides information on each trail segment and the minimum bid for adoptions for 2017. While we will work hard to update the trails info as they're bid upon, the best way to find current bids is to email

Trail segments available for adoption in 2017



Projected 2017 Maintenance Cost*

Minimum Adoption Bid

“Adopt It Now” Bid Price**

Bid Status/Adoptee

Circuit Trail





No Current Bid

McConnell Trail .34




No Current Bid

Trail segments already adopted -Thank you for renewing 2015 adopters!




Shell Rock Trail


Lisa Heinz

Chaparral Trail

.41 Peter and Sally Nelson
Wier/Rudy’s View Trail


Wendy Youngren

Sunset Trail 

.31 Jim and Kris McMillan
Woodward Trail .26

Jim Woodward

Quail Trail 

.24 Phil Pryde

Geology Trail

.22 Bron and Eric Anders
Chipmunk Trail


Betsy and Lea Rudee

Ethnobotany Trail


Peter and Raydene St Clair

Spring Trail


Brian Van Wanseele

Big Oak Trail


Susan Buckley

*Trail maintenance costs are budgeted at $17,500 per year. With 5.7 miles of trails, maintenance costs are approximately $3,070 per mile.

**You may secure your adoption of a trail segment by pledging the “adopt-it-now” bid amount shown.

Thank you for supporting Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary.

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