Kids and Nature

Children are quite naturally drawn to the swallowtail flitting about in the air or the shard of greywacke underfoot, which may be why the San Francisco Bay Area has an extensive array of programming to support little people with big curiosities. Connecting kids to the outdoors helps instill a lifelong respect for nature and may be the key to protecting the Bay Area’s wildlife and open spaces in times to come.

Latest from Kids and Nature

Helping Restore Hamilton Wetland from the Ground Up

January 24, 2014 by Eric Simons

Several thousand of the 60,000 plants intended to ultimately go into the ground at the Hamilton Wetland restoration site will arrive there via the hands of young Marin residents as part of the Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed Program.

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A Child’s Book of Habitat

January 02, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

Wildlife biologist and environmental science writer (and former Bay Nature contributing editor) Matthew Bettelheim temporarily switched out of his academic ...

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Before the Annual Fungus Fair, It’s All About Finding the Right Mushroom

December 23, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Served in French dishes under the alias pom pom du blanc, lion’s mane has a texture and taste resembling lobster or shrimp. Chris Schoenstein, a lifelong enthusiast and member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, has only seen one 2 or 3 times. But that, if you’re a mushroom hunter, is the hook that keeps you coming back to an event like the Wunderlich Foray.

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Bay Nature’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

December 09, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Struggling to find that perfect gift? Look no further with Bay Nature's 2013 holiday gift guide.

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Traditional and Modern Methods of Acorn Preparation

December 05, 2013 by Emily Moskal

Bay Area oaks are prolific, but acorn use has diminished within the last 200 years. With the help of modern kitchenware you can rediscover the art of acorn preparation and its rich history grounded in Native American traditions.

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Pumpkins, Pies and Produce: Harvest Festivals in the Bay Area

October 10, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

As the fog lifts and clear days fill the week, it is a sure sign that fall in the Bay Area is upon us. And what better way to celebrate than by attending one of the many harvest festivals in the Bay Area. Here's Bay Nature's festival round-up to get you started.

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Turning Over a New Leaf

September 26, 2013 by Paul Epstein

“Phenology studies the seasonal cycles in nature, such as when flowers bloom, insects hatch, and birds migrate. In the era ...

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Get outside with the kids: Bay Nature’s top family picks

July 03, 2013 by Jaquelyn Davis

Lazy summer days on your hands? Now's the time to explore nature with the kids.

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Oakland’s bug guy wants you to like bugs too

June 19, 2013 by Constance Taylor

Eddie Dunbar has helped make Oakland a bit friendlier towards the Bay Area's creepy-crawlies.

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Finding biodiversity in a bucket

June 05, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Famed National Geographic photographer David Liittschwager teams up to bring the power of "one cubic foot" to the masses.

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