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The mission of the Bay Nature Institute is to provide you with knowledge and then get you outdoors. Here are some good ways to engage with nature in Northern California:

  • Find a Nature-Related Event: with the Bay Nature Events Calendar

    Use the Bay Area’s nature calendar to find guided hikes, volunteer opportunities, talks, workshops, and festivals from over 100 local partner organizations. Explore the events calendar now!

  • Find a Hike: with the Bay Nature Trailfinder

    Discover 275 trails in over 400 Bay Area parks, from Sonoma to Santa Cruz. Customize your hike for birds, wildflowers, and views, plus kid- and dog-friendly hikes. Whatever your interests and abilities, Bay Nature’s Trailfinder has the perfect hike for you.

  • Ask the Naturalist

    Got a burning nature question? Not sure what kind of bird, bee, rock, or furry critter just landed in your backyard? Ask the Naturalist! 

  • Volunteer for Bay Nature

    Bay Nature wants you! We’re on the lookout for people to help with outreach, fundraising, and editorial. Learn more