Dan was editor of Bay Nature from 2004 until 2013, when he left to work for SF-based Stamen Design. A onetime professional cabinetmaker, he considers himself a lifelong maker of things and teller of stories. Dan has been working at the intersection of journalism and technology since, at age 16, he began learning reporting, page layout, and database design. His enduring interest in environmental issues crystallized into a career path in 1998 when he assisted former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass in a cross-disciplinary nature writing and ecology course at UC Berkeley, from which Dan received a Masters in English literature. In 1999, he became Associate Editor of Terrain, the erstwhile quarterly magazine of Berkeley's Ecology Center. In addition to editing and art-directing Bay Nature magazine, he was also Bay Nature’s chief technology strategist, fixer of broken things, and designer of databases and fancy spreadsheets. And he was even known to leave the office and actually hike outdoors.
Park at Muir Beach. If the tide is low, head over to the beach and look for the rocks on either end, where you can see mussels and seastars clinging to the stone. Watch for pelicans flying overhead.
Then head over the bridge on the south end of the lot. You'll pass over a marshy area and in teh stream itself you can see (as of spring 2013) little fabric tents over the water — there to help the slamon!
Listen for frogs and red-winged blackbirds. Keep left after the bridge, heading inland. Stay on the flat path to the left all the way around the restored reach of Redwood Creek.
Eventually you'll loop around and come to a very wide gate on your right. Go on in. Be sure to latch it behind you. Now you're in the Green Gulch Farm and Zen Center. You can wander the fields and gardens until you're ready to walk downhill to the beach again.
IMPORTANT NOTE: From mid-June to November 2013, when the area will be closed for renovation.