Urban Nature

In the San Francisco Bay Area, slices of nature pop up in the most unexpected places, a testament to the region’s wealth in biodiversity and the resilience of its natural systems. Bringing nature to urban areas is not just about ensuring the survival of species, but enhancing people’s quality of life through a fulfillment of our innate need to be with nature.

Latest from Urban Nature

A Surprise Circle of Redwoods

April 27, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Another father-son geocaching adventure, this time revealing a very tall trees that seem to hide in plain sight.

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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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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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A Festival with Legs

April 09, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Boy meets tarantula at Bug Day Nancy Ellis, Randall Museum Science Curator What has more than two thousand legs and ...

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Underground leaks ruining Alamo Square’s vintage look

April 04, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

San Francisco wants to rebuild Alamo Square's irrigation system, but historian says leaks are natural springs.

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Hayward owl cam: Up close and personal with barn owls!

February 25, 2013 by Constance Taylor

A family of barn owls at Hayward's Sulphur Creek Nature Center are the starts of an owl-cam: see baby owls hatching, feeding, and being their cute selves!

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San Francisco, a honeybee’s paradise

February 11, 2013 by Courtney Quirin

Why has San Francisco, of all places, become the land of milk and honey for honeybees?


Geocaching Oakland’s Belap Path

February 10, 2013 by Paul Epstein

The East Bay Hills are riddled with hidden paths and staircases.  Providing an athletic training ground for the hard-core runner, ...

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Sutro Sam, the river otter, getting too much attention

February 04, 2013 by Heather Mack

Wildlife experts say to leave San Francisco's adorable river otter alone a little bit.

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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.