In The Field

Upcoming outings:

Sun., October 16 – Pinnacles & Condors Tour with Richard Neidhardt
Sat., November 12 – Freshwater Fish at Quarry Lakes with a Fly Casting Clinic

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.

Sunday, October 16 – Pinnacles & Condors with Richard Neidhardt


More details to follow.

Saturday, November 12 – Freshwater Fish at Quarry Lakes with a Fly Casting Clinic

Time – TBD

Join us for an EBRPD aquatic ecology walk and first timers fishing clinic! We’re partnering with Trout Unlimited’s new chapter in the East Bay and the park district to host this event. It will include an hour’s walk with the naturalist around Quarry Lakes to learn about the lake and riparian ecology, followed by a series of “stations” describing fishing techniques and strategies as well as opportunities to learn and practice how to cast.  This will be a larger than normal event and open to approximately 40 participants.


Recent past hikes

Rodeo Beach Sand & Geology Walk
On Saturday, August 6, geology expert Andrew Alden led an exploration of the sands and geology of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.

Bird Walk at Cullinan Ranch
On 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.

Salmon Creek Ranch Tour & Hile
On Saturday, July 23, rancher Lesley Brabyn guided a tour of her 400-acre Salmon Creek Ranch near the town of Bodega. The tour was followed by a moderate hike with a naturalist and a picnic on the property.

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

Get details on other upcoming Bay Nature events.


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