Local Hero Awards 2019: Auction Preview!

Bay Nature’s Local Hero Awards Dinner on March 31, 2019 will feature some irresistible live and silent auction items to bid upon, including exclusive private tours of our public lands and national parks both here and abroad. They include:

Macaw in the middle of Lagoon
Atenas to Osa: Embark on a Costa Rican adventure! Spend three nights nestled in the mountains of Atenas at Barons Resort, which features amazing hiking trails through the surrounding protected land and sweeping 360° views. Then make your way south to LagunaVista Villas, a coastal resort bordering Corcovado National Park, an ecological jewel on the Osa Peninsula. You’ll enjoy a four-night stay, including three freshly prepared meals a day, and a park world-renowned for its rich plant and wildlife biodiversity.

The Nine Bays of Huatulco: Journey to Huatulco, a collection of beautiful bays in Oaxaca, Mexico, where you can find sea turtles, colorful birds, and tropical flowers. Spend a week relaxing in a beautiful casita at Las Palmas Oceanfront Villas & Casitas and discover a new world of wildlife at Huatulco National Park with your choice of excursion from WestCoastHuatulco, including their popular “magic waterfalls” tour!

Ticket sales to our annual gala end Sunday, March 24th. Get yours today!



Back by popular demand! Take 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 & Yoga includes geology, oceanography, birding, local history & more! Extend your stay with two nights at the Point Arena Lighthouse historic Head Keeper’s Quarters, with the lighthouse and breathtaking views right outside your front door!


Explore the Presidio: Spend your day trekking Presidio trails, then relax in luxury with a one-night stay for two at San Francisco’s historic Lodge at the Presidio with complimentary Continental European-style breakfast and afternoon tea.  This newly rehabilitated boutique hotel features unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Presidio’s lush 300-acre forest, the San Francisco Bay, and the city skyline. The 42-room lodge, located in the heart of the Presidio, is your starting point for national park adventures.

Djerassi Ranch wood sculpture playing harp
Art at Djerassi: Explore the sculptures of Djerassi Ranch on an exclusive Director’s Tour of the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and take home Eighteen Days in June, Robert Buelteman’s breathtaking book of Djerassi photographs.

woman hiking in the redwoods
Big Basin Redwoods: Get away from it all close to home at Big Basin Redwoods, California’s first state park, with a weekend stay in a deluxe tent cabin amidst the trees. Nestled in the beautiful Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Basin contains the biggest stand of old-growth redwoods south of the Golden Gate. Explore the majesty and peace of this redwood forest with its four waterfalls, 80 miles of trails — like the iconic Skyline-to-the-Sea trail — and a towering 329-foot tree!


Go on 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

woman releasing a brown pelican

I Heart Birds: Help release rehabilitated birds back into the wild with International Bird Rescue, and take home  The Wall of Birdsour keynote speaker Jane Kim’s beautiful book of illustrations of the world’s birdlife.

And a bonus Costa Rica trip: Quetzal Birder’s Paradise!

Take the birdwatching trip of a lifetime: 4 nights at Costa Rica’s
Paraiso Quetzal Lodge, a secluded highland inn where you’ll find the resplendent long-tailed bird sacred to the Aztecs amid 200 acres of protected mountain habitat. More than 140 species of tropical birds, many of them unique to Costa Rica, make the lodge – and nearby Quetzal National Park – a birdwatcher’s dream.

And that’s not all . . .

The Art of Liam O’Brien:  An oil painting and two illustrations by butterfly expert and 2015 Local Hero Liam O’Brien.

Forest Flight Tour: Zipline through the redwoods with Sonoma Canopy Tours.

Marin Headlands Eco-Sail: Scope out wildlife aboard the Schooner Freda B, then head to lunch at Seafood Peddler in Sausalito.

Get Outside! Plan your next adventure with REI Outdoor School classes and a Waterside Workshops boat rental.

Tidepool Trip for Two: Explore marine life with scientists and 2017 Local Heroes for Environmental Education Rebecca Johnson & Alison Young.

Dolphin Charters River Cruise

Plus, enjoy bidding on delightful food and garden tours like:

Noe Valley Farmers Market: Spend a Saturday morning with Executive Director Regina Starr Ridley touring the farmers market, choosing produce & cheese to take home, and enjoying a tasty brunch.

Bay Area Gardener:  Includes two tickets to the Bringing Back The Natives Garden Tour, a membership to the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley, a $50 gift certificate to Fern’s Garden gift shop, and a copy of Heyday’s California Bees and Blooms.

Bay Area Foodie: Gift baskets from Full Belly Farm and Straus Family Creamery and a magnum of Donkey & Goat wine and four imprompu tastings.

Ready to place your bids? Then grab your tickets to our
2019 Local Hero Awards Dinner on March 31, 2019.

Ticket sales end Sunday, March 24th, so don’t wait!