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

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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A Nature Quest on Corona Heights

January 18, 2012 by Robin Meadows

Next time you and your kids head outdoors, you can combine fun, games, and learning to make that hike into a kid-centric adventure! We give it a try in San Francisco.

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Insecta-Palooza Takes the Creepy out of Lots of Crawlies

October 26, 2011 by Eric Galan

With Halloween right around the corner, it's only natural to think of cobwebs and hairy creatures lurking in dark places. Just the thought of these creepy, crawling, eight-legged, web tangling, multi-eyed arachnids can frighten even the toughest individuals. Even yours truly. Luckily, the third installment of Sonoma State University's Insecta-Palooza is here to remind us that these crawlers aren't so creepy after all.

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Twinkle, Twinkle, Winter Star

October 21, 2011 by Alan Kaplan

Winter is a great time to head out and look at the night sky. In between storms, of course. And the Bay Area has lots of groups ready to help you and your kids get excited about stars!

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Book Review: Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area

October 01, 2011 by Jenny Stampp

By Laure Latham, The Mountaineers Books, 2011, 364 pages, $19.95. Hiking with kids can seem daunting, but Laure Latham is ...

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Got Kids? Take ‘em outside!

September 29, 2011 by Eric Galan

In an alarming poll conducted by the Nature Conservancy, only ten percent of kids said they're spending time outside everyday. That's no typo folks, a whopping ten percent! Before you shut off your computer and run outside, check out our list of top kid-friendly picks from our events calendar in October!

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Up Close and Personal at Animalpalooza

September 15, 2011 by Richard Karevoll

Most kids recognize the ring-tailed lemur only as the animated character King Julien from the feature cartoon Madagascar. In real life, this endangered, highly social primate is known for its vocal activity and sun bathing -- and it will soon be one of many animals in San Francisco, waiting to meet kids ready to go beyond the DVD player.

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Kids Clean Up and Make Art at Ocean Beach

May 20, 2011 by Juliet Grable

How do you get 500-plus kids to sit still on the beach? Tell them a helicopter is about to fly overhead and take their collective photograph, and that by the way, they'll also be on television. It happened at Ocean Beach, and all in the name of ocean conservation.

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Kids’ Ocean Day: Cleaning Beaches and Making Art

May 10, 2011 by Juliet Grable

On May 19 thousands of kids from San Diego to Vancouver will gather on seven West Coast beaches to pick up trash and create impressive aerial art. These kids are participating in Ocean Day, part of the California Coastal Commission's Adopt-A-Beach Program.

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A Classroom in the Woods

January 01, 2011 by Joan Hamilton

The East Bay Regional Park District is not just the nation's largest and oldest regional park district. It also has what’s likely the largest corps of professional naturalists of any local park agency. For generations of kids, that's meant accessible opportunities for hiking, camping, getting dirty, and--most important--discovering the outdoors and getting to know our plant and animal neighbors.

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