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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.

Skip the Elephants and Tigers, These Children’s Books Feature Local Wildlife

December 19, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

With the holidays underway and the kids out of school, now's a good time to curl up with some reads. Why not make them about California?

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Ranch Recreation: Camping Out on Working Lands in Western Sonoma

July 22, 2016 by Sabine Bergmann

In the "middle space" between protected and unprotected, a reporter finds a perfect place to camp.

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Mud Lovers

May 13, 2016 by Blake Edgar

Get Dirty is the first rule at Crab Cove. Second is discover crabs and curlews in the Bay's oozy silt. Third, bring a change of shoes.

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Berryessa Snow Mountain: Northern California’s New National Monument

May 09, 2016 by John Hart

A journey through a nearby landscape that can seem farther off and stranger than the High Sierra.

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Campsites Opening on Private Lands in the Bay Area

April 29, 2016 by Eric Simons

Hipcamp, a company founded in 2013 to improve the reservation process for public parks nationwide, is now facilitating camping on private land.

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Finding Your Park with GGNRA’s Christine Lehnertz

March 01, 2016 by Alison Hawkes

GGNRA Superintendent Christine Lehnertz looks at the challenges and opportunities unique to the national park in San Francisco's backyard.

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15 Years of Bay Nature: A Talk by Publisher David Loeb

February 25, 2016 by Bay Nature Staff

Publisher David Loeb traces the roots of his attachment to nearby nature -- and why he started a magazine about it.

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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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Finding New Words for Nature

January 14, 2016 by Paul Epstein

Northern California naturalist David Lukas' latest book encourages people to "take back" nature by creating a new lexicon for natural phenomena.

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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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