Montaña de Oro State Park, Islay Creek Campground, Los Osos, CA US 93402

Please join Runners for Public Lands for a weekend of running, hiking, camping, and star gazing, as we explore the local flora and fauna of the magnificent Montaña de Oro State Park on August 19-21. The weekend will be packed with nature hikes identifying local flora and fauna, birding, yoga, information on land acknowledgement, and of course, trail running!

As a nonprofit committed to building inclusive running communities dedicated to protecting the environment, we welcome everyone to join us for a weekend of learning, exploration, and community!


Each day will include a morning and afternoon run ranging in distance and ability level. Throughout the day, we will offer various activities to learn more about the history of MDO, the surrounding areas, and other ways to engage with the local landscape. In the evenings, we welcome everyone to BYOfood and drinks and join us around the campfire as we share stories and chat about this beautiful place.


  • All weekend campers can arrive on Friday at 4:30pm and must depart by 12pm on Sunday.
  • One night campers (Friday or Saturday) must depart camp before 12pm the following day. If arriving on Saturday, campers must arrive after 12pm.
  • Day pass for Saturday 6am-10pm for folks who are not camping/staying overnight.

PLEASE CARPOOL – ONLY ONE CAR ALLOWED PER PARTY!  We have plenty capacity for people, but not cars! 🙂


FRIDAY: AUG 19, 2022


  • 4:30PM – Meet & Greet as campers arrive and setup campsites
  • 7PM – Dinner
  • Land Acknowledgment by local Indigenous Leader(s)
  • Campfire Hangout & Chat

SATURDAY: AUG 20, 2022


  • Early morning birding with Benny
  • Breakfast
  • Trail Run/Hike
  • Post Run Ocean Dip/Free Time


  • Coastal Bathing Yoga with Laura
  • Lunch
  • Nature Hike and Fauna 101 with Bryant
  • Lunch


  • Dinner
  • Post Dinner Hangout & Chat
  • Stargazing Session (TBD)

SUNDAY: AUG 21, 2022


  • Birding with Bennie
  • Trail Run/Hike
  • Brunch
  • Pack up camp & leave at noon



PLEASE NOTE: You are responsible for bringing your own gear + food. We will be bringing the fun activities! The closest grocery stores to the campsite are Ralph’s and Grocery Outlet on Los Osos Valley Rd. and S. Bay Blvd. Both stores have vegan options. 

  • BYO reusable water bottle, food, and drinks. Bring plenty of water!
  • BYO gear, tent, sleeping bag, etc.
  • Wear trail appropriate shoes and pack layers! MDO can get very cold.
  • Sunscreen or sun protective clothing.
  • Headlamp, head ware, hydration pack.
  • Proof of vaccination.
  • Children 5 years of age and under are free if they will be sharing their parents’ tent.