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A Walk Through Markham Nature Area

Markham Nature Area is an 18-acre park in Concord, California. The park includes a pond, playgrounds, picnic areas, and various trails to explore. Visitors are welcome to bring their dogs along on the trails or enjoy some fishing at the pond with their families. Hikers can explore the area’s natural features including vernal pools, oak woodlands, and grasslands.

A Walk Through Markham Nature Area


The Markham Regional Arboretum Society began in 1981 with a small group of Concord citizens who loved gardens. Their goal was to turn their land, which had been sold to the City by Ira and BeaMarkham in 1966, a beautiful arbor sanctuary because they knew how important it is that people have access to the greenery outside the cities.

They wanted to fulfill Markham’s dream of leaving a legacy for all people in the region to enjoy. It was a vision place full of unique and interesting trees, shrubs and plants from around the world that thrive in an inland, yet marine-influenced, climate with hot days and cool nights during summertime.

The tranquil atmosphere of Markham Nature Park and Arboretum today is unlike any other place in Concord. The natural, yet slightly-tamed greenery makes this area an ideal destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle downtown while still being close enough that you can walk there if need be. It also features Galindo Creek which flows throughout most parts as well as plenty of shade from trees so visitors will never feel too hot under their sun shades with all those green leaves everywhere making things shady where they should be.

What To Visit

  • Nature Walks

Nature Walks are a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. Markham Nature Area offers a trail that is perfect for individuals, families, or groups who want to spend some time outdoors in an environment free from city sounds.

The Markham Tree Walk will introduce you to forty-five different species of trees in the heartiest part of Concord -the Nature Park. Many Native California varieties can be found, alongside other types from all over the world that share this Mediterranean climate; Australia, South Africa, and Europe just name a few countries with their unique vegetation.

The Tree Walk is for those who love trees and the outdoors. There isn't any formal path, so be prepared with comfortable shoes. The map provides detailed information about each tree as well as their location on flat terrain or mountainous areas within Canmore Park. Printed maps are available upon arrival into the park, located near the end parking lot.

  • Events

Events at Markham Nature Area encourage visitors to explore the area through outdoor recreation, education, and passive observation of nature. Several events are happening at this time of year that you may be interested in attending with your family.

  • Arbor Renting

The Bud Hansen Wisteria Arbor is a shady spot near the main entrance of International Garden. This hexagonal arbor provides shade for community events like lectures on gardening and musical concerts. Opened in July 2002, this project was made possible through funds from major donors as well as sales of engraved bricks that can be purchased inside The Rotary Club Of Concord/Diablo's beautiful wisteria-covered structure.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering at the Markham Regional Arboretum is a great way to get outside and enjoy nature. You don't need any previous experience, they'll provide all of your training, and with flexible hours that can fit into almost anyone's schedule, there are many opportunities for outdoor fun in this beautiful landscape. The society also offers educational field trips where participants learn about different plants from arboriculture experts such as themselves who share their knowledge while exploring new places together.

With so many options for visitors to enjoy, it’s easy to see why the Markham Nature Area is such a popular destination. Visitors can take in beautiful scenery and wildlife or learn about local history on one of our guided tours. If this sounds exciting and you're ready to plan your visit today, head over here for more information on what's happening now. We hope to see you soon.

Concord, California has so many amazing parks to check out.  Here’s a brief list you should stop by on your next visit:

  • Newhall Community Park

  • Concord Community Park

  • Ygnacio Valley Park

  • Hillcrest Community Park

  • Markham Nature Area

  • Len Hester Park

  • Meadow Homes Park

  • Highlands Park

  • Ellis Lake Park

All of these wonderful parks are located just a short car ride away from our convenient location in Dublin, California on Sierra Lane.

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