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

Cousteau: Youth the answer to imperiled oceans

September 27, 2012 by Courtney Quirin

Jean-Michel Cousteau visits Marin's Marine Mammal Center to deliver hope to visiting schoolchildren: "Educating youth is the best investment we can make."

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This Labor Day Weekend … Take a Hike!

August 30, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

It’s Labor Day weekend and you’ve stayed close to home to avoid the crowds and the traffic jams, so where ...

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Regional Parks Foundation

August 23, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Some Bay Area kids have never seen a star in the sky or even know what a tree is. The ...

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EcoFair Marin Returns!

August 13, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

author Van Jones Mark your calendars for September 9th! EcoFair Marin is back, and even better this year, with over ...

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Nature for free, David’s best picks

August 09, 2012 by elaubach

For the sake of saving money or living more sustainably, the “staycation” is becoming ever more popular. But what can ...

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Youth Engagement Award: Sean FitzHoward

May 30, 2012 by Laura Hautala

Sean FitzHoward has a head start on contributing to local conservation. At 16, the high school junior has already completed an internship with The Bay Institute. Now she's volunteering with the California Academy of Sciences. She also founded and runs the Protect the Bay Club at San Francisco's Lowell High School. We caught up with her at Crissy Field to talk about her passion for local environmental action.

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Safe Fishing with Kids for the Bay

May 01, 2012 by Melati Kaye

Thanks to the nonprofit Kids for the Bay, each year a few thousand kids learn firsthand why those “Drains to Bay” stencils on storm grates are so important -- and why eating fish from San Francisco Bay may not always be a good idea.

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Birding with Kids

April 18, 2012 by Scott Sampson

With dinosaurs roaming your backyard on a daily basis, why NOT get out there with your kids and start watching those birds?

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River of Words, Home to Roost at Saint Mary’s

April 16, 2012 by Aleta George

Poet Robert Hass awakened a lifelong love of nature while a student at Saint Mary’s College. Now, River of Words, the art and poetry program he cofounded, has found a home at the college.

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Back to the Land at Hidden Villa

February 21, 2012 by Lisa M. Krieger

Whether you're looking for lessons in seed saving or hikes in nature, you'll find them in the hills above Los Altos at Hidden Villa, which was home to the region's first youth hostel and interracial summer camp.

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