Throughout the year, Bay Nature Institute organizes guided walks, hikes, and other types of outings to some of the parks and open spaces that we cover in the magazine. We find expert guides who can provide a deeper understanding of the places we visit, from Henry W. Coe State Park, to Fort Funston, to Tomales Dunes.
These outings are without charge, except for fees for parking, park entrance, transport, or equipment rental (as in the case of kayak outings). Reservations are required for most outings and they almost always fill to their limit well before the date. To find out in advance about upcoming hikes, become a Friend of Bay Nature with a donation of $20 or more.
Better yet, become a member of Bay Nature’s Publisher’s Circle with a donation of $500 or more, and receive early notice of In the Field programs, as well as invitations to other special outings and events. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (510)528-8550 x105 for more information.
Space is limited on these hikes. Registration is required and is limited to up to two people per email address. An email with logistical details will be sent out to all registrants who have provided email addresses the week before the hike itself.
Discovery walk at Heron’s Head Park
Saturday February 11, 3:00-5:00 pm
Join Bay Nature’s Eric Simons and California Center for Natural History’s Constance Taylor to explore the Bay on your own terms at Heron’s Head Park, a quiet stretch of nature providing eight acres of wetland habitat along the southeast waterfront of San Francisco. Walk through the Bay’s past, present and future and admire winter shorebirds as you hike with us out to a panoramic viewpoint spanning the Bay Bridge to Coyote Hills, then ramble on your own through the park’s surprising diversity of habitats while we stand by to answer questions and identify critters.
Email email@example.com to reserve your spot on this free hike!
Franklin Point wildflowers with Toni Corelli
Saturday April 29, 10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Botanist Toni Corelli is co-author of Plants and Plant Communities of the San Mateo Coast and will lead us on a hike along the spectacular San Mateo Coast through coastal prairie, dune, and bluff scrub near Franklin Point in the northern half of Año Nuevo State Park. There are some 400 species of plants–native and non-native–growing in this relatively small section of state park land. This will be a moderate hike of roughly three miles from Highway 1 out to the bluffs, along the bluffs, and then back to the Highway. There will be minimal elevation change, some sandy sections of trail, and no shade or facilities. This hike is now full. For a spot on the waitlist please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recent past hikes
Freshwater Fish at Quarry Lakes with a Fly Casting Clinic
On this outing, we “hooked up” with the East Bay Regional Park District and Trout Unlimited for an introduction to this ancient and popular form of nature-based recreation at Quarry Lakes Regional Park in Fremont.
Curry Canyon with Seth Adams
Seth Adams, the long-time Director of Land Conservation at SMD and an expert in all things related to the Devil’s Mountain, led a hike from Curry Point through ranch roads to Windy Point with incredible views from Windy Point, Knobcone Point, and Cave Point.
Pinnaces & Condors with Richard Neidhardt
Richard Neidhardt, the coordinator of the volunteer condor tracking project for the nonprofit Pinnacles Partnership, in association with the National Park Service, led a spectacular 5.5 mile hike along the High Peaks Trail with the hopes of spotting condors.
Eden Landing Ecological Reserve
During fall migration on the Pacific Flyway, California Department of Fish and Wildlife reserve manager, John Krause, led a walk for us to discuss the ambitious restoration process and the wildlife it benefitted.
Rodeo Beach Sand & Geology Walk
Geology expert Andrew Alden led an exploration of the sands and geology of Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.
Bird Walk at Cullinan Ranch
Don Brubaker, manager for San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and Francesca Demgen, coordinator of the Friends of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, led a 2.5-mile bird watching walk at Cullinan Ranch.
Salmon Creek Ranch Tour & Hike
Rancher Lesley Brabyn guided a tour of her 400-acre Salmon Creek Ranch near the town of Bodega. The tour was followed by a moderate hike with a naturalist and a picnic on the property.
Lichen Hike on Mount Vision, Point Reyes
Shelly Benson, president of the California Lichen Society, led a lichen excursion on Mount Vision in Point Reyes National Seashore.
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