San Francisco’s Street Trees in Poor Shape as City Shifts Upkeep to Residents

Advocates say SF is losing its urban forest because of a budget shortfall for tree maintenance.

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Ask the Naturalist: Young Bald Eagle at Palo Alto Baylands?

October 27, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

A possible young bald eagle sighting intrigues a South Bay park visitor.


For Nontraditional Conservationists, A New Career Pathway

October 23, 2014 by Eric Simons

The Golden Hour Restoration Institute has announced plans to offer an applied master restoration certificate.

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Ask the Naturalist: What’s That Poking Out of the Ground?

October 17, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

A recent visitor to Los Gatos’ Vasona Park was startled by the appearance of a “mystery rodent”.


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Check out our 424 parks and 374 trails — with more trails listed every week! Find trails and parks great for views, wildflowers, birding, kids, and more.

  • 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 […]

  • Coyote Point Park to Redwood Shores

    This trip is a great way to experience the Bay Trail by bike along the shoreline of San Mateo, Foster City and Redwood City. Begin in the Eucalyptus groves of Coyote Point Park and follow a wide paved trail to Shoreline Park, across an award-winning bicycle/pedestrian bridge, around Seal Point Park for expansive views of […]


Meet the Future: A New Generation Rising at the East Bay Parks

The EBRPD has become known for fostering long-term employees, but the baby boomers who were hired during the district’s major expansion years of the 1970s are retiring.

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    Saying “Yes” to Habitat Gardens

    October 22, 2014 by Paul Epstein

    Award-winning master gardener Kate Frey believes gardens should be for more than just show.

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