Recreation

Getting out into nature is part of the cultural fabric of the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to the region’s impressive landscapes and rich natural resources. From hiking to birdwatching and painting, the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding hills and beaches offer a myriad of ways to connect with the outdoors and find inspiration in what nature offers.

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

December 15, 2014 by Eric Simons

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.

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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."

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Adrift

October 09, 2014 by Paul Epstein

Somewhere between animation and photography, Swiss-born Simon Christen has found his happy place: time-lapse photography. His “day job” is as ...

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Lofty Ambitions: The Ridge Trail Opens Up Sonoma Mountain

October 07, 2014 by Glen Martin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an ambitious project to knit together the Bay ...

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On the Trail with Laura Thompson

July 31, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Bay Trail, a 500-mile-long trail corridor which traces nearly the entire shoreline ...

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Enlightened by Bioluminescence

July 10, 2014 by Claire Peaslee

Another phenomenon, equally fabulous but much lower in the food chain, can also occur in the ocean at this time of year: bioluminescence, or “living light.”

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Trail Trekkers Forge a New Path in El Cerrito

July 01, 2014 by Autumn Sartain

Since 2012, the El Cerrito nonprofit ECTT has built two new trails: Motorcycle Hill Trail and another called Lower Snowdon Trail. Both of these are in the Hillside Natural Area, 85 acres of city-owned open space in El Cerrito.

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Interior Secretary: Contra Costa Habitat Plan A National Model

May 06, 2014 by Eric Simons

United States Interior Secretary Sally Jewell took in the view from the summit of Kreiger Peak to highlight the plan that helped preserve the east Contra Costa peak.

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Trailblazing with TRAC’s Bruce Beyaert

April 10, 2014 by Beth Slatkin

This year, the Trails for Richmond Action Committee (TRAC) is celebrating its 15th year as the leading advocacy group for ...

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