Local Hero Awards 2018: Auction Preview!

New addition! Two color prints of California watersheds by the acclaimed environmental artist Todd Gilens. See silent auction listing below.

Bay Nature’s Local Hero Awards Dinner on March 25, 2018 will feature some tantalizing live and silent auction items to bid on, including exclusive private tours of our public lands. They include:

A Week in Paradise: three nights at the Finca Exotica Ecolodge and four nights at LagunaVista Villas on Costa Rica’s spectacular Osa Peninsula. These hideaways overlooking unspoiled Carate Beach offer the chance to relax and connect with nature in a tropical wonderland, from surfing to kayaking to wildlife tours of neighboring Corcovado National Park, one of the most biologically diverse places on earth.

A week in Huatulco, an eco-resort in Oaxaca, Mexico famous for its seven hidden bays and nesting sea turtles. Enjoy a week-long stay in a casita at the beachfront Las Palmas resort next to Huatulco National Park, and explore the area’s natural treasures and rugged coastline with a choice of tours from WestCoastHuatulco.



A sea cave kayak tour for two from Channel Islands Adventure Company. (With a ferry to Santa Cruz Island with Island Packers!) Photo: Mike Baird, Flickr


A one-night stay for two at San Francisco’s historic Inn at the Presidio and a private guided tour of the Presidio Officer’s Club.

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 11.19.16 AMA Farallon Islands whalewatching trip for two with Michael EllisBay Nature magazine’s “Ask the Naturalist” columnist.
Plus, dining for two at Nick’s Cove on Tomales Bay!


A Mount Diablo Tarantula Trek for 4-8 guests with naturalist Michael Marchiano. Watch tarantula migration up close during their mating season!

Screen Shot 2018-02-08 at 11.24.26 AM

An original work of art from naturalist Obi Kaufmann, and a copy of his best-selling California Field Atlas.

Djerassi-Resident-Artist-Program-Kunst3-600x900An exclusive Director’s Tour of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and its magical sculptures.


A private tour of the hidden gems of Point Arena’s Stornetta Lands, part of the California Coastal National Monument System on the Mendocino County coast.  This personalized, naturalist-led tour for 2-4 people from Unbeaten Path Tours includes geology, oceanography, birding, local history & more! Extend your stay with a night at the Point Arena Lighthouse keeper’s cottages, with the lighthouse and breathtaking views right outside your front door!

Screen Shot 2018-03-13 at 11.55.08 AM

Photo: Doug Cheeseman

Sail the deep-water canyons of Monterey Bay for a full day of seabird and whalewatching with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris. The California coast is one of the best locations to observe seabirds such as shearwaters, jaegers, skuas, alcids and even Black-footed Albatross. Sea otters play around in the kelp forests and humpback whales often feed and breach close to the ship! Bring your binoculars to look for Pacific white-sided, Common, and Risso’s dolphins and perhaps even a northern right whale Dolphin or the largest animal on the planet – the blue whale.

Two color silk-screens prints by Todd Gilens

Two silk-screen prints of the stream systems that provide the Bay Area’s drinking water,
generously donated by the public artist Todd Gilens, whose projects include San Francisco’s EndangerBus.


Bay Nature “R ‘n R” package, featuring a $500 gift certificate and two organic pillows from Savvy Rest, a gift certificate from Body Time, a spa mani-pedi from Anton Salon, some great bedside reading from Heyday Books, and a magnum of Rodney Strong 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.


Stay tuned for even more amazing auction items by signing up for our newsletter, and be sure to grab your tickets to our 2018 Local Hero Awards Dinner on March 25, 2018. Ticket sales end March 18th, so don’t wait: Join us!

Connectivity: Bringing Together People and Nature
Image: Becky Jaffe