Find nature and conservation events happening around the greater San Francisco Bay Area! 

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From East to Zest

Sonoma Botanical Garden 12841 Hwy 12, Glen Ellen

Open normal Garden hours, 9am-4pm daily. Closed Tuesdays and some holidays. FREE with Garden admission The Garden's first indoor botanical exhibition invites visitors to explore citrus' colorful journey across the globe. Enjoy a big squeeze of color this winter as … Read more

Free

Bodies of Water Exhibit

Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery 11 Cowell Service Rd, Santa Cruz, CA

Art and Science Collide to Explore the Unseen World of Plankton Ceramic artist Jenni Ward and ocean scientist Ari Friedlaender collaborated with curator Tauna Coulson to create Bodies of Water. This gallery exhibition aims to highlight the unseen world of plankton, … Read more

Free

Plants Illustrated 2023: “Drought Resilience”

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA

The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley is pleased to present the 14th annual Plants Illustrated Exhibition. This year’s exhibition theme is “Drought Resilience,” and features a diverse selection of species that thrive in low-water conditions. The exhibition includes … Read more

Free

Testing the Water

Big Break Regional Shoreline 69 Big Break Road, Oakley, CA

Join every Sunday morning to track the health of the Delta! You will test for different criteria, recording the water quality changes that affect our ecosystem. This is a drop-in program and no registration is needed. Staff will be on hand … Read more

Free

Scenic Skyline Sampler

Skyline Ridge Preserve CA

Join Docent Naturalists Nancy Weintraub, Frances Reneau, Dan Antonaccio, and Laura Knott on a scenic hike (appr. 8 miles) traversing four preserves. Starting at Skyline Ridge you'll enjoy a moderately-paced loop hike along the Bay Area Ridge Trail through Russian … Read more

Free

Spring Valley Habitat Hike at Ed Levin County Park

Ed Levin County Park 3100 Calaveras Rd, Milpitas, CA

Come along for a guided hike among the oak woodland and grassland habitats at Ed Levin County Park. Discover birds, mammals, and more and learn what makes these special habitats home to so many diverse animals. This moderate 1.2-mile hike requires … Read more

Free
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Tilden Fungus Fair

Tilden Nature Area’s Environmental Education Center 1500 Central Park Dr., Berkeley, CA

The Fungus Fair is back - live and in person at Tilden Regional Park. View hundreds of local mushroom specimens, mingle with the mycological community, and enjoy presentations, cooking demonstrations, as well as arts and crafts for children. This event can be … Read more

Free

Mycological Society of San Francisco Fungus Fair

Diablo Valley College, Horticulture Department 321 Golf Club Road, Pleasant Hill, CA

When the first rains tease up the chanterelles and porcini, fungus lovers head to the Fungus Fair: A Celebration of Wild Mushrooms. ° Activities for children and adults. ° Lectures and workshops: Alan Rockefeller, Christopher Hobbs, Damon Tighe, Gordon Walker, … Read more

New Volunteer Orientation: Wildlife Hospital

Online

Have you always wanted to volunteer in the Wildlife Hospital and work with the amazing animals WildCare treats? Do you want to volunteer with an incredible community of animal lovers? From squirrels to raccoons to songbirds to hawks, WildCare treats over … Read more

Free

Lakeside Chat #27: Estuaries, Biology, and Lake Merritt – Zoom

Rotary Nature Center Friends P.O. Box 16203 Lake Park Avenue, Oakland, CA

Please join us on February 3rd as we celebrate Darwin Month with Lakeside Chat #27 with Paleontologist Dr. Jere Lipps. His talk is entitled “Estuaries, Biology, and Lake Merritt.” REGISTER HERE=> https://lakesidechat-27-estuaries-biology-and-lake-merritt.eventbrite.com What is Lake Merritt? An estuary? a lake? … Read more

Free
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Trail Watch Academy Training

Online

This course will take you through live scenarios of trail watch and the how to's of a trail watcher; it is required for all trail watch volunteers. County Parks Trail Watch volunteers assist park staff in providing an enhanced public … Read more

Free

Saturday Stroll – Leona Canyon

Leona Canyon Regional Preserve Canyon Oaks Drive, Oakland, CA

On this 4.5-mile moderately tiring “stroll,” you'll witness a stream-carved canyon, incredible views, and a vernal pond with thousands of tadpoles (hopefully). You’ll look down upon the only old-growth redwood left in the East Bay. No registration is required.

Free

Fall Creek After Fire

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA

The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park has reopened after nearly two years of recovery work in the wake of the CZU Lightning Complex fires — and we want to share it with you. Join us for … Read more

Free

Nature Club: Finding Fungus at DeLaveaga Park (Ages: 6th-8th grade)

Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History 1305 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA

We will explore the forests and trails of DeLaveaga Park, traversing about 3 miles of trails. The great variety of trees in these forests supports a huge amount of fungal life. Learn more about these amazing decomposers and how they … Read more

$10

Winter Treasures: Salamanders, Lichen & Mosses, and A Waterfall

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA

Join Naturalist John Lynch as we walk through the sublime beauty of sage green lichen on burgundy Manzanita bark and moss bedecked oaks down to the 25-foot dramatic plunge of Sonoma Creek. Beginning at the Visitor Center, we’ll follow Pony … Read more

$15
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Wayne Roderick Lectures

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Wildcat Canyon Road at South Park Drive, Berkeley, CA

Wayne Roderick Lecture Series Begins Saturday, January 14, 2023. The first Wayne Roderick Lecture will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM on January 14th, 2023 on Zoom. Botanic Garden Director Bart O’Brien will be speaking on elements of … Read more

Free

Water, Water, Everywhere

Coyote Hills Regional Park 8000 Patterson Ranch Rd, Fremont, CA

Explore the Coyote Hills watershed, discover where your water comes from, and learn how we are connected and responsible for our watersheds, wherever we live. Make your own paper watershed and use a watershed model to find ways to protect … Read more

Free
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Full Moon Sail San Francisco Bay

Schooner Freda B Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 465, Sausalito, CA

Take in views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Marin Headlands, Alcatraz and Angel Islands, all while experiencing the magic of the sunset and moonrise from the deck of Schooner Freda B. Schooner Freda B is … Read more

$129

Parks After Dark – Hike By Full Moonlight

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Preserve 5297 Sonoma Mountain Rd, Santa Rosa, CA

Do you wonder what it’s like to hike in Sonoma County Regional Parks by moonlight? Join this exclusive evening series exploring the changes and sensations the darkness brings to North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park. Engage with the beautiful and often … Read more

$5 – $7

Talk: Golden Eagles of the Northern Diablo Range

Online

The northern Diablo Range of west-central California supports one of the largest and densest known breeding populations of golden eagles in the world. This region includes the Altamont Pass Wind Resource Area (APWRA) where collisions with wind turbines constitute a … Read more

Free

Seal Watch Volunteer Training

Online Zoom

Interested in assisting the public in safeguarding this local harbor seal habitat, the largest on the Sonoma Coast, during their pupping season? Stewards’ Seal Watch Coordinator Heather Rowe will host a Seal Watch training. Seal Watch volunteers rove Goat Rock … Read more

Free

Bill & Dave Hikes – Gualala Point

Gualala Point Regional Park 42401 Coast Highway 1, Gualala, California

Beautiful views of the ocean, whale season, and redwoods - what more could you want? Join this beautiful hike up north! The famous Bill and Dave Hikes are back! Bill & Dave have retired, but we’re excited to continue in … Read more

Free

Guided Hike at Morgan Territory

Morgan Territory Regional Preserve 9401 Morgan Territory Road, Livermore

Enjoy the rambling trails of Morgan Territory as you explore the ridge-top vistas and lowland valleys. Discover more about this place through the names given to the park and trails on a moderate 3.5-mile hike at a slower pace. Registration … Read more

Free
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Wayne Roderick Lectures

Regional Parks Botanic Garden Wildcat Canyon Road at South Park Drive, Berkeley, CA

Wayne Roderick Lecture Series Begins Saturday, January 14, 2023. The first Wayne Roderick Lecture will be held on Saturday morning at 10:30 AM on January 14th, 2023 on Zoom. Botanic Garden Director Bart O’Brien will be speaking on elements of … Read more

Free