To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

Oakland-based Bay Area Wilderness Training tries to provide teachers and trip leaders with everything they need — from leadership skills to equipment — to get kids out in nature.

Great Nature Reads

December 19, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Stuck inside on a rainy day? Felled by a winter cold? Or just feel like curling up with a cup of tea and reading a good book? We’ve got some great selections for you so you can enjoy nature indoors. Explore the peaks of Yosemite, the inland deserts of California, or bone up on your […]


High Pressure Ridge Gone at Start of Rainy Season

December 13, 2014 by Alison Hawkes

Is California’s drought caused by “natural variability” or was it much more likely to happen under climate change?


Q&A With Rue Mapp: Turning to Nature for Healing

December 12, 2014 by Laki Sarah

“Right now,” says founder Rue Mapp, “we need nature more than ever.” A Q&A with the founder of Outdoor Afro as she prepares for nationwide “healing hikes.”


All new Trailfinder

Check out our 424 parks and 375 trails — with more trails listed every week! Find trails and parks great for views, wildflowers, birding, kids, and more.

  • Heron’s Head Park

    A nice easy out-and-back, great for birds, kids, and leashed dogs. White-crowned sparrows go crazy in the bushes while, in winter, the Bay fills up with migratory waterbirds. The small restored marsh supports nesting American avocets and black oystercatchers, while whimbrels, grebes, terns, cormorants, and egrets are common.

  • Lands End Loop

    A morning outing to Lands End provides about as much wilderness as can be found in San Francisco; the beauty is so stunning, it’s easy to miss the ghosts. But walk a few minutes under the thick mantle of Monterey cypress and they’ll appear. Prop yourself against the crumbling walls of a concrete pillbox on […]

  • Roy’s Redwoods

    Tucked into West Marin's San Geronimo Valley, just a few hundred feet from Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, you'll find a meadow circled by bay trees, madrones, and enormous old-growth redwoods–some of them 250 feet tall. This is Roy's Redwoods preserve, a 377-acre park that's been home to a ranch, a commune, and even Ewoks for […]

  • Little Yosemite (Sunol Regional Wilderness)

      Hike by Matthew Bettelheim, originally published in the January 2007 issue of Bay Nature magazine   Calling the Sunol Regional Wilderness's Little Yosemite area a scenic gorge is like calling Yosemite a pretty valley. This little gem, tucked away along a stretch of Alameda Creek, has been made accessible to the public by an […]


The Underappreciated Undertakers

When you’re eyeball to eyeball with a turkey vulture, you wonder how he perceives you. (My “he” is Vladimir, a 30-year-old male, permanent resident of WildCare in San Rafael.) You may think of William Leon Dawson, an early celebrant of California birds: “…when the buzzard sweeps low to bend upon you an inquiring eye, you […]

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Upcoming Nature Events

  1. Annual Crafts Market

    December 13 @ 10:00 am - December 20 @ 3:00 pm
  2. Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps

    December 15, 2014 @ 10:00 am - February 15, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
  3. The Legacy of the Bartrams with Carol Woodin, ASBA Exhibitions Director

    December 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

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    A Sustainable Ocean Harvest

    December 18, 2014 by Paul Epstein

    Exploring the world of kelp with Rising Tides Sea Vegetables' Larry Knowles.

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