8th Annual Mother’s Day Cream Tea

Please join us for our 8th annual Mother’s Day Cream Tea
served in the historic Rowser Garden at the Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve!

This simple tea that includes scones served with clotted cream and strawberry jam is free with no reservations required. The Preserve parking, main trailhead and visitor center is located at the intersection of Railroad Ave. and 167 O’Hara Court on Mare Island in Vallejo (1595 Railroad Ave). The public is welcome to visit the Preserve free of charge, although donations help keep the parkland open to the public.

“Last year we hosted about 75 folks including moms and their families at the Rowser Garden”, said tea organizer and volunteer Preserve manager Myrna Hayes. “The Rowser Garden is about a half a mile up the main paved trail and overlooks the Carquinez and Mare Island Straits. We encourage people to come early for the 20-minute walk from our visitor center. We expect some guests will have mobility limitations, so we will let a limited number of cars drive to the Garden”, she continued.

Volunteers are invited to help set up tables and chairs in the Garden on Saturday and to set tables, prepare tea and serve on Sunday.

If you would like to volunteer, please contact:
Sarah Cain,
PH 510-579-1008

If you have questions, please contact:
Myrna Hayes, volunteer Preserve Manager
Mare Island Heritage Trust
PH: 707-249-9633 cell


The Preserve is normally open 10:00am-to an hour after sunset every Friday through Sunday. During the open days the public can walk or ride bicycles on a self-guided paved roadway trail with 14 interpretive stops along the 3-mile roundtrip route to the top of the Mare Island Hill and beyond. The Preserve is open rain or shine. Dress in layers. A picnic area is available. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Although entrance to the Preserve is free, donations help keep the Preserve open regularly. Donations also provide funds for purchase of tools and supplies for work parties, nature club activities, historic preservation, native plant restoration and special events like the Mother’s Day Cream Tea.

Key features of the Preserve are spectacular scenic vistas encompassing 7 Bay Area counties, Mt. Diablo, Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. St. Helena, the Carquinez Strait and Sonoma and Napa Valleys and the U.S. Navy’s first cemetery in the Pacific, founded in 1858. Visitors may also view interpretive displays and an art show by members of the Benicia Plein Air Group portraying the Preserve at the Visitors Center in a former munitions storage magazine, Building A-167.

The first parcels of the Preserve, were transferred to the City of Vallejo in a grant from the legislature through the California State Lands Commission in 2002 for public trust uses such as a park, for all Californians. Additional parcels were transferred in the Fall of 2010. The remainder of the 215-acre site is still undergoing environmental cleanup by the U.S. Navy. Volunteers have hosted free public access on the second Saturday of each month since April 2008 with expanded hours to every weekend Fri-Sun beginning in October 2010 in cooperation with the City of Vallejo.

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Date(s) - Sun, May 14, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mare Island Preserve Visitor Center
167 O’Hara Ct. at Railroad Ave. , Vallejo

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