Kids and Nature

Bay Nature’s 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

December 9, 2013

Still looking for the perfect gift for that special someone? Look no further!

Bay Nature has compiled a local, nature gift-guide where you’ll find something to please everyone—from creative types to bookworms to the more adventurous.

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Giving the gift of Bay Nature shows you care about the natural world, and want to share that love with others. With gorgeous photos and art; insightful writing about parks, trails, and wildlife; and regular contributors like naturalists Michael Ellis and John Muir Laws, Bay Nature inspires Bay Area residents to explore and connect with nature right here at home.

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Give the gift of nature!

Publisher’s Circle Membership
Give a Bay Nature Publisher’s Circle membership to yourself or someone in your life who loves local nature with a gift of $500 or more! Publisher’s Circle members receive invitations to special outings, receptions, and other opportunities to meet with noted naturalists and conservation leaders. Members are also recognized in Bay Nature Magazine. Donate $500 or more now and we’ll throw in a copy of the landscape photography book Around the Bay:  Man-Made Sites of Interest in the San Francisco Bay Region.

You can purchase a gift membership by contacting us at or calling us at (510)528-8550 x105.

Rebels with a Cause documentary
Learn about the people who saved Pt. Reyes!

Rebels with a Cause DVD
An informative, inspiring, and beautiful documentary narrated by Academy Award winning actress Frances McDormand, REBELS WITH A CAUSE spotlights the efforts of the visionaries and activists who fought to keep developers from taking over the scenic landscape of Marin and Sonoma Counties. Available for home use or purchase by schools and community groups $25 (personal use)



“It’s rare that we stop and think how these open spaces came to be, but filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto tell this story for us.”
– A. Bergamin, Bay Nature

2014 Birds of the Bay Area Calendar

2014 Birds of the SF Bay Area Photo Calendar
Enjoy the beauty of our local birds every month with Golden Gate Audubon’s 2014 Birds of the San Francisco Bay Area photo calendar! This calendar contains large, full-color photos of owls, hawks, songbirds, hummingbirds, and more by the Bay Area’s most talented wildlife photographers, plus tips on making your backyard more bird-friendly. A uniquely local gift for avid birders or anyone who enjoys nature.

Printed on recycled paper; all proceeds go to benefit Golden Gate Audubon’s conservation and education programs. $20

CNPS Nature Journaling Kit
Introduce the nature lover in your life to journaling! From the California Native Plant Society, this  perfect kit for the budding botanist or nature artist includes a CNPS logo sling backpack with zip pocket in choice of red or blue; an 80-page CNPS Nature Journal and 6″ ruler; and a children’s hand lens magnifier 3X/6X. $20

The CNPS Nature Journaling Kit is a splendid companion to the CNPS Children’s Curriculum, Opening the World through Journaling: Integrating art, science, and language arts, 2nd Edition,  available by free download.

>> Check out John Muir Laws’ free Bay Area Nature Journal Club!

Rachel Diaz-Bastin Nature Illustrations and Fine Artil_570xN.295933492
Rachel Diaz-Bastin is a local artist and life-long California resident who creates beautiful, hand-drawn nature illustrations of everything from birds to tide-pool critters. Currently working in the entomology department of the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Rachel is surrounded by a treasure trove of insect specimens from all over the world. Many of her favorite subjects to illustrate are easily overlooked, small and funny-looking creatures which she loves to draw for both educational purposes and with the ultimate goal of inspiring conservation action. Visit Rachel’s Etsy store to purchase original nature prints or gift card sets.

Bay Area Birds – by David Lukas
Here, in one compact volume, is a treasure trove of information for bird experts and beginners alike. It covers all 320 species found from Sonoma County to Monterey Bay, including seabirds and rare migrants, with full-length accounts for 221 species. The ultimate reference for trail, boat, or home!
$20 plus $3.00 shipping.

San Francisco Bay Trail Map Cards
Bay Trail Map Cards

San Francisco Bay Trail Map Cards
These 25 map cards are your key to discovering the San Francisco Bay Trail – with over 330 miles in place, there’s a ride, stroll or hike here for everyone from the long-time local to the first-time tourist. The set also includes a large fold-out map of the entire trail with recommended walks, bike rides and destinations along the shoreline.

$14.95, plus $4 postage and handling

San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide
The second edition of the popular San Francisco Bay Shoreline Guide is another great resource for anyone who wants to explore the remarkably diverse San Francisco Bay shoreline. Comprehensive, compact, user-friendly, and studded with full-color maps and illustrations. $29.95, plus $4 postage and handling.


 For more ideas check out our 2012, Top 10 nature gifts for the holidays.

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