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Bay Nature Awards Dinner: Silent Auction Preview

by on February 11, 2015

We’re delighted to be able to offer some wonderful wilderness getaways — plus tours of museums, an artist’s studio, days on the water, and much, much more — for our Local Hero Awards Dinner‘s silent auction this year. Proceeds from the auction will support Bay Nature Institute and its programs. Feast your eyes on the items below and prepare to make your bids! (Deadline extended: Make sure to buy your tickets by Monday, March 16th at 11:59 pm!)

We are excited to present the following adventures:

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Experience the magic of Africa from the comfort of a cozy, permanent tent!

 – Take a six-day, six-night photo safari tour in South Africa with Zulu Nyala. This luxury excursion for two includes meals while you explore one of the richest conservation regions of Africa! Experience the majesty of elephants, rhinos, leopards, giraffes, and hippos while enjoying luxurious accommodations at one of Zulu Nyala’s Hemingway-style tents or hunting lodges.



Blue Waters Kayaking offers a 2 hour double kayak rental on Tomales Bay.

– Enjoy a stay at the lovely Tomales Bay Resort, a half-day of wildlife viewing with Point Reyes Safaris, sack lunches courtesy of Perry’s Inverness Park Grocery, kayaking with Blue Waters Kayaking, a meal at Nick’s Cove Restaurant, and an annual family membership to Point Blue Conservation Science.

– Win a docent-led hike for 12 at the Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma as well as an overnight stay for all at the private Bechtel House on the preserve.

A YOGA EXPERIENCE – Three private viniyoga sessions that are tailored to help you get in touch with the art of being in the moment.

Explore the inner workings of the California Academy of Sciences with a behind-the-scenes tour.

FUN DAY AND NIGHT IN SF – A behind-the-scenes tour at the California Academy of Sciences and a one-night stay for two in a deluxe room at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

SONOMA RETREAT – A 2-night weekend stay in tent cabins for 8 with a private docent-led hike at  LandPaths’ Bohemia Ecological Preserve.

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Experience the glories of ocean life with Sanctuary Cruises.


WHALE WATCHING – Six tickets for a whale watching tour in the Monterey Bay with Sanctuary Cruises, a gift certificate for lunch at the Haute Enchilada, and a stay at the Captain’s Inn.

KAYAKING IN THE ELKHORN SLOUGH – A daylong guided kayak tour for two with lunch and refreshments, and a one-night stay at the Captain’s Inn overlooking the Slough.

COZY FARM GETAWAY – “Glamp” for two nights in a cozy tent cabin on a 55-acre private farm in Vacaville.

An example of Josie Iselin’s work with found seaweed from coastal shores.

A DAY WITH JOSIE – Enjoy an exploration of seaweed at Fort Funston with local artist (and a presenter at our Awards Dinner) Josie Iselin. In addition, get a tour of her studio, demonstration of how she produces her art, and snacks provided by Rising Tide Sea Vegetables.

JASPER RIDGE TOUR – A guided tour of the South Bay’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve for up to eight people with catered picnic lunches. The winning bidder also receives a one-night stay for two at the nearby Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel.

THE ULTIMATE BUTTERFLY EXPERIENCE – A guided butterfly hike with lepidopterist Liam O’Brien and a framed, matted photograph triptych of the three life stages of an Anise Swallowtail butterfly.

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Get the chance to be a sailor on the San Francisco Bay.

SHIPS AHOY! – Learn to sail in a “crew course” on the San Francisco Bay from OCSC sailing.

THE MIDPENINSULA PACKAGE – A daylong hike and guided tour of a Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District property, and a gift basket put together by the MROSD.

PRIVATE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – A three-hour private photography workshop with professional wildlife and landscape photographer, Scott Hein.

Six days of pure fun: rafting the Middle Fork of Idaho's Salmon River

Six days of pure fun: rafting Idaho’s Salmon River

– A six-day rafting trip down one of America’s wild and scenic rivers: the Middle Fork of the Salmon, by wilderness outfitter Mountain Travel Sobek.


For the chance to participate in our Silent Auction, buy your tickets to the Local Hero Awards Dinner now! Contact Development Director Judith Katz at 510-528-8550 x105 or email her at judith@baynature.org.


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