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Don Edwards SF Bay NWR: Open for the Holidays – Weekend 3

December 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - December 18, 2022 @ 3:00 pm

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The Visitor Contact Station and Nature Store at the Don Edwards SF Bay NWR are finally opening, just for the holidays! We hope you will stop by to say hello, pick up a trail map, attend one of our many weekend programs, and enjoy the beautiful wetland landscapes the Refuge has to offer.

Ranger Programs: Saturday, December 17, 2022

Family Bird Walk @ 10:00 AM- 11:00 AM
Let family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We’ll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Extreme conditions will cancel the program. Tickets are free but are in very limited numbers. If you are not able to attend, please cancel through this website and someone on the waitlist will be notified. You can also call 510-377-5659 for help and more information. This program is led by Ken Roux.

Junior Ranger Program @1:00pm-2:00pm – Ceremony @2:30pm
Hey kids! – Want to earn your Junior Refuge Ranger badge? Meet a ranger at Visitor Center to find out what you need to do to become a Junior Refuge Ranger! Kids who complete the activities can participate in the official Junior Refuge Ranger badge ceremony. The program is designed for children ages 7-12, but other ages are welcome.

Gray Foxes & Cats: Similar and Different @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM
The Fox Guy (Bill Leikam), and the Cat Coach (Marilyn Krieger, CCBC), team up to discuss similarities and differences in behaviors of two very different predators: gray foxes and felines, both domestic and wild cats including bobcats and puma (Mountain Lions). Gray foxes are said to have cat-like traits. Do they? Why did Bill call the gray fox a canine that acts like a feline? About Bill: Bill, author of Road to Fox Hollow, and President and co-founder of the Urban Wildlife Research Project. ( He is known internationally for his work with wildlife. His work focuses on studying the behavior of the gray fox and on restoring local habitat thus making the environment a healthy place for all wildlife to live. About Marilyn: Marilyn, author of Naughty No More, is an internationally known certified cat behavior consultant who, in addition to solving cat behavior challenges (, studies and writes about how urbanization is changing the behaviors of local pumas and bobcats. (

Ranger Programs: Sunday, December 18, 2022

Learn to Cast/Fish with a Ranger @ 10:00 PM -12:00 PM
Learn to cast! Grab a fishing rod, throw and release, then reel in the big one! Join Ranger Miguel and learn to cast a fishing line with the fun backyard bass casting game. Fun for the entire family. 1 Marshlands Rd. Fremont CA 94555. Casting activity will be beyond the parking lot in an open area by the stop sign at the entrance of the parking lot. Let’s get hooked on Fishing!

Self-guided Game and Walks; Craft Activity @ 11:00am -2:00pm
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR turned 50 this year and is still fabulous! Join us on December 18, 11am-2pm for some activities including: self-guided Endangered Species Game (along LaRiviere Marsh); a self-guided ‘look back’ at Don Edwards over the last 50 years; Craft Activity – make your own birdfeeder; and a slideshow of what happened across the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex this year!