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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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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Bay Area’s Top 10 nature gifts for the holidays

December 10, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Hey, Bay Area nature lovers. Still on the hunt for a perfect holiday gift? Bay Nature has assembled a Top 10 list of local nature gifts.

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Resting with the hummingbirds at Mount Umunhum

October 22, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Rising 3,486 feet above Los Gatos in the South Bay, Mount Umunhum is throwing off its cloak of secrecy under the military to become the Bay Area's newest destination peak.

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Can off-roading and nature coexist?

October 15, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

In the hills west of Livermore, off-roaders are hoping to expand their range into an area that land preservationists say is sensitive natural habitat.

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Get started geocaching on EarthCache Day

October 14, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Today, it turns out, is the sixth annual “EarthCache Day.” What the heck is that? It’s a natural-sciences-flavored version of ...

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