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Kids and Nature

Children are quite naturally drawn to the swallowtail flitting about in the air or the shard of greywacke underfoot, which may be why the San Francisco Bay Area has an extensive array of programming to support little people with big curiosities. Connecting kids to the outdoors helps instill a lifelong respect for nature and may be the key to protecting the Bay Area’s wildlife and open spaces in times to come.

Cut Off from Nature or Take the Right Cut-off?

January 05, 2013 by Paul Epstein

Another father-son geocaching adventure: Learning to love wetlands, even the ones by the highway.

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Bay Nature Honors Three Local Heroes

December 17, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Berkeley, CA (December 17, 2012) — A beloved ranger/naturalist at Muir Woods, a dynamic advocate for open ...

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2013 Local Hero Award for Youth Engagement

December 13, 2012 by Bay Nature Staff

Each year, the nonprofit Bay Nature Institute, based in Berkeley, selects three individuals who are making outstanding contributions to the ...

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Bay Area’s Top 10 nature gifts for the holidays

December 10, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

Hey, Bay Area nature lovers. Still on the hunt for a perfect holiday gift? Bay Nature has assembled a Top 10 list of local nature gifts.


Geocaching in Oakland

December 01, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Follow the geocaching adventures of a father and son, this time in Oakland, underground.

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Getting People Outside

November 28, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

In a previous era, Michael Closson might have been a pioneer outdoorsman in the Sierra Nevada. Now he’s simply an ...

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An Outdoor Bill of Rights for Kids

October 18, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Some people work full time on behalf of environmental education. Carol Johnson works double-time. As both the Assistant General Manager ...

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Get started geocaching on EarthCache Day

October 14, 2012 by Paul Epstein

Today, it turns out, is the sixth annual “EarthCache Day.” What the heck is that? It’s a natural-sciences-flavored version of ...

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Bringing an Environmental School to Light

October 04, 2012 by Beth Slatkin

During her two years at the Environmental Protection Agency designing the first Energy Star programs, Cyane Dandridge lamented not being ...

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Cousteau: Youth the answer to imperiled oceans

September 27, 2012 by Courtney Quirin

Jean-Michel Cousteau visits Marin's Marine Mammal Center to deliver hope to visiting schoolchildren: "Educating youth is the best investment we can make."


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