Recreation

Getting out into nature is part of the cultural fabric of the San Francisco Bay Area, thanks to the region’s impressive landscapes and rich natural resources. From hiking to birdwatching and painting, the San Francisco Bay and its surrounding hills and beaches offer a myriad of ways to connect with the outdoors and find inspiration in what nature offers.

The Peninsula Watershed: To Open, Or Not To Open?

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

The 23,000 acres around Crystal Springs are prime hiking territory in an urban region desperate for more places to get outdoors. They're also home to numerous endangered species, and critical to San Francisco's drinking water supply.

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Q&A: The Unseen Peninsula’s Private Photographer

August 20, 2015 by Nathaniel Dolton-Thornton

“I am what poet, farmer, essayist and author Wendell Berry might call a placed person, and this is my home.”

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What Could You Do With 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland In San Francisco’s Presidio?

July 20, 2015 by Melanie Hess

By sinking Doyle Drive into a tunnel, the Presidio has created an additional 13 acres of open space. Now the question is how to use it -- and the Presidio Trust wants the public to help decide.

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Ride on the Wild Side: Exploring the East Bay Parks by Mountain Bike

July 13, 2015 by Greg Fisher

Mountain biking is among the fastest-growing recreational activities in the East Bay Regional Parks. Follow along for a ride with Austin McInerny of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association.

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How Green is My Valley!

April 15, 2015 by Lisa M. Krieger

A new preserve in the Coyote Valley curbs tech sprawl.

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The Ethics of Shooting the Wild

March 26, 2015 by Paul Epstein

Acclaimed Inverness-based wildlife photographer Daniel Dietrich is raising awareness around the shifty practice of owl baiting in the quest for the perfect shot.

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Bay Nature Awards Dinner: Silent Auction Preview

February 11, 2015 by Katy Yeh

We’re delighted to be able to offer some wonderful wilderness getaways — plus tours of museums, an artist’s studio, days ...

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Rancho Corral de Tierra: A Sea to Summit Trek on the San Mateo Coast

February 02, 2015 by Victoria Schlesinger

It’s time to open up Rancho Corral de Tierra, a storied, long-private piece of the coast, for all.

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To Get Kids to the Wilderness, Oakland Group Trains and Equips Trip Leaders

December 15, 2014 by Rachel Hiles

Oakland-based Bay Area Wilderness Training tries to provide teachers and trip leaders with everything they need -- from leadership skills to equipment -- to get kids out in nature.

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Q&A With Rue Mapp: Turning to Nature for Healing

December 12, 2014 by Laki Sarah

"Right now," says founder Rue Mapp, "we need nature more than ever." A Q&A with the founder of Outdoor Afro as she prepares for nationwide "healing hikes."

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