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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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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Best romantic hikes in the Bay Area

February 08, 2013 by Kristen Martz

If you're looking for something adventurous this Valentine's Day, how about going for a hike?

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Hikes for waning New Year’s resolutions

January 31, 2013 by Kristen Martz

Some great hikes to inspire you as your New Year's resolution to "get in shape" starts to falter.

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San Francisco group seeks Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

January 30, 2013 by Alison Hawkes

A group of San Francisco nature enthusiasts want to make official every kid's right to climb a tree, see the ocean and ride a bike.

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A docent and a dream at King-Swett Ranches

December 17, 2012 by Aleta George

Docents help bring many Bay Area parks alive to the public. No where is that more true than the King-Swett Ranches outside of Vallejo, where Jim Walsh leads tours into areas otherwise inaccessible to the public.

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