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.

San Francisco Joins the Water Trail

February 01, 2016 by Melanie Hess

Islais Creek Park is the first official San Francisco site on the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail.

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Love Muir Woods? Park Service Asks: Please Stay Away

January 06, 2016 by Julia Busiek

A reservation system for the popular redwood grove is coming in 2017. Until then, the Park Service urges residents to stay away.

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Into the Breach

January 04, 2016 by Paul McHugh

A kayaker explores the newly restored and now-open tidal marsh at Cullinan Ranch in the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

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A Midpeninsula Open Space for the Ages: Among the Ancient Oaks on Russian Ridge

November 09, 2015 by Kathleen M. Wong

Perched atop the windward western side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Russian Ridge offers spellbinding views and a grove of monumental, centuries-old oaks.

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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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