In The Field

Upcoming outings:

Sat., July 23, 2016 – Salmon Creek Ranch Tour & Hike, Sonoma County – SORRY THIS OUTING IS NOW FULL
Sat., August 6, 2016 – Rodeo Beach Geology & Sands Walk, Marin Headlands – SORRY THIS OUTING IS NOW FULL

Throughout the year, Bay Nature Institute organizes guided walks, hikes, and other types of outings to some of the parks and open spaces that we cover in the magazine. We find expert guides who can provide a deeper understanding of the places we visit, from Henry W. Coe State Park, to Fort Funston, to Tomales Dunes.

These outings are without charge, except for fees for parking, park entrance, transport, or equipment rental (as in the case of kayak outings). Reservations are required for most outings and they almost always fill to their limit well before the date. To find out in advance about upcoming hikes, subscribe to the magazine.

Better yet, become a member of Bay Nature’s Publisher’s Circle with a donation of $500 or more, and receive early notice of In the Field programs, as well as invitations to other special outings and events. Contact or call (510)528-8550 x105 for more information.

Upcoming hikes

Space is limited on these hikes. Registration is required and is limited to up to two people per email address. If you want to sign up a second person, do not hit the back button. Instead refresh the page. This ensures that your entries successfully go through.
A detailed logistical email will be sent out to all registrants who have provided email addresses the week before the hike itself.

Saturday, July 23 – Salmon Creek Ranch Tour & Hike

10:30 am – 1:30 pm.

Join Bay Nature and rancher Lesley Brabyn for a tour of her 400-acre Salmon Creek Ranch near the town of Bodega. The tour will be followed by a moderate hike with a naturalist and a picnic on the property. Space is limited and registration is required.

This hike is full. To be placed on the wait list, please email

Saturday, August 6 – Rodeo Beach Sand & Geology Walk

10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Join Bay Nature and geology expert Andrew Alden for an exploration of the sands and geology of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.

This hike is full. To be place on the wait list, please email

Recent past hikes

Lichen hike on Mount Vision (Point Reyes)

Saturday, February 20
Shelly Benson, president of the California Lichen Society, led a lichen excursion on Mount Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Bird walk at Cullinan Ranch

Saturday, February 27
Don Brubaker, manager for San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and Francesca Demgen, coordinator of the Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, led a 2.5-mile bird watching walk at Cullinan Ranch.

Get details on other upcoming Bay Nature events.


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