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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Your favorite park along the Bay was once a dump

April 29, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Chances are that your go-to spot on the San Francisco Bay was once a trash dump.

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Loving nature with pencil and paper

April 25, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

Looking for a way to commune with nature and others? Nature journaling might be just the thing.

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The Exploratorium’s new eyes on the bay

April 18, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

The Exploratorium reopened this week with a new focus on the world right outside its doors: San Francisco Bay.

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What are you doing for Earth Day 2013?

April 18, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

We've got the Earth Day events roundup for you.

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Back again: Great blue herons nest at Stow Lake

April 15, 2013 by Alessandra Bergamin

Great Blue Herons are back again at Stow Lake in San Francisco for the 20th nesting season.

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Clear Lake, a Destination for Kayaking and Birding

April 08, 2013 by Terry Knight

We’ve thought about doing a piece on Clear Lake for a long time: It’s a wildlife magnet just over two ...

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Best Bay Area hikes into wildflower country

March 28, 2013 by Kristen Martz

Got some time on a beautiful spring weekend? Spend it in wildflower country on some of the Bay Area's best hikes.

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A “Big Birder” on Sonoma Mountain

March 25, 2013 by Jonah Raskin

He's big, he's tall and he's an obsessive birder. WhyTed Eliot can't get birds out of his head.

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Deficit battles hurt Bay Area’s national parklands this summer

March 21, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

Closed visitors centers, fewer programs, brushy trails and dirtier bathrooms -- Washington's deficit battles will hurt the Bay Area's national parklands this summer.

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Santa Rosa’s Taylor Mountain throws open the gates

February 22, 2013 by Dan Rademacher

Santa Rosa gets a brand-new park this weekend. Taylor Mountain, above the Roseland neighborhood, is a great hiking spot and a model of park planning.

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