San Francisco Bay NWR Complex Events


 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Stewardship Saturday

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are interested in improving the refuge for visitors and for wildlife alike, join us at the Visitor Center for a stewardship project. We will do either a trash cleanup or a planting/weeding project. Dress appropriately for the task and for the weather. We will have gloves to lend and will provide the tools. Bring your own water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at the Visitor Center. Driving an additional 2.5 miles may be required since the project may be at a different location. For more information, or to make reservations, call 510-792-0222 ext. 361.

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019– Bay Day

Bay Area Rocks for Kids

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Come celebrate Bay Day with volunteer and geologist, Malcom Pringle! What makes up the hills and habitats that surround San Francisco Bay? Bang, scratch, nick, view, (even chew?) rocks from the hills and crystals from the Bay! Ponder how and where they could have formed -- are those microfossils? Then wonder, how have they been uplifted to form the foundation for all the varied plants and animals -- and buildings! -- that we see today?  Most appropriate for school-aged learners, but ages are welcome. Great for families and scout groups! Closed-toed shoes recommended. Reservations recommended. Go to:   https://bayarearocksforkids.eventbrite.com Questions? Call: 408-262-5513 ext 104. 

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Restoring Inner Bair Island Walking Tour

  Inner Bair Island, Redwood City

  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. AND 12:00-1:30 p.m.

Join Peninsula Open Space Trust and the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge for a beautiful walking tour of Inner Bair Island on Bay Day. On this 1.5-mile walk, witness wetland restoration in progress, hear the story of Bair Island protection, and learn how these former salt ponds are turning back into a healthy tidal marsh.  We'll also hear how our partner organizations are actively restoring habitat along the trail. Directions: Take Highway 101 and exit at Whipple Ave in Redwood City. Head west toward the bay. The road winds 0.5 mile becoming East Bayshore, then Bair Island Road. The Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge Bair Island parking lot is on the right, park there. Walk across the street and cross over the pedestrian bridge. we will meet there. Reservations required.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bair-island-walking-tour-tickets-68289787593 . 

 

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Nature Walk for Health

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Take a break from your busy schedule and refresh your spirit with nature at the refuge. Take a guided nature walk on the Tidelands Trail and hear what makes this National Wildlife Refuge unique. The approximately one mile walk traverses through endangered species habitat and offers great views of south San Francisco Bay. Led by Rick Arellano.

Register at https://eventbrite-natureforhealth.eventbrite.com

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Exploring the Dunes

  Antioch Dunes NWR, Antioch

  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is home to three endangered species: two gorgeous flowering plants (Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose and Contra Costa Wallflower) and a delicate butterfly found nowhere else on the planet - Lange’s Metalmark butterfly! Generally, this refuge is closed to the public to protect them. However, once a month we have docent-led walking tours to explore and learn about this incredible refuge and its importance in the Delta. This guided walk lasts 1-1.5 hours on a relatively flat, sandy road. Wear sturdy shoes for the sandy walk along the dunes. All ages welcome. No reservations required. Please note that there are no facilities on the property. Refuge address is 501 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch 94509. Contact 510 521-9717 for questions.

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Wheels and Wildlife Bike Tour

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Kick off National Wildlife Refuge Week by joining up for a bicycle tour around the levee trails in Alviso! We will stop along the way to learn about the Refuge, the restoration efforts of the wildlife and the habitats they use, the importance of Coyote Creek watershed, and the history of the area!  

The ride is 4.5 miles on a flat level trail, and there is no shade along the way. Provide your own bikes (or rent), gear, and water bottles. Helmets are required for children. Water and snacks will be provided. Children ages 10+ recommended; please use your best judgement on skill level for the distance. *Through a partner, we also have bikes for rent! Sign up if you'd like one. Reservations Recommended. Go to: https://www.keepcoyotecreekbeautiful.org/     

  Event partners are Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Wildlife Refuge System

  Funded by the Whale Tail grant.

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Pacific Flyway

  SF2 Pond, West Side of the Dumbarton Bridge 

  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Our wetlands are an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route. Stroll with docent Laurel Stell to learn why birds migrate, why they stop along the San Francisco Bay, and to spot the birds in action. Trail is easy and level. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge. Reservations Recommended. Go to:   https://pacificflyway.eventbrite.com Questions? Call: 408-262-5513 ext 104. 

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

“Family Bird Walk”

Visitor Center, Fremont

  12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Let family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We’ll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Go to   https://family-bird-walk-september.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 363. 

 

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Twilight Marsh Walk

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  5:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.

Experience the salt marsh at twilight on an easy stroll along Tidelands (1.3 miles) Trail. At the setting of the sun we will observe the beginning of nature’s night shift. Come discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the refuge as night descends. Not suitable for young children. Call 510-792-0222 ext. 363. Led by Mary and Gene Bobik.

Register at https://eventbrite-twilight-marsh-walk.eventbrite.com

    

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Day on the Bay!

  Alviso Marina County Park 

  10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Come see us at Day on the Bay, located at Alviso Marina County Park! We’ll be there talking to visitors about the Refuge, habitats, wildlife and the major projects going on in the South Bay! For more information about this event, visit:   https://www.sccgov.org/sites/d3/district/Pages/Day-on-the-Bay-2019.aspx

 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Night Sky Party

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Meet the stars of Fall and view the moon and maybe some planets! Join our astronomers as we learn about constellations.  Make a star chart and then venture outside to view the night sky through a telescope. Afterwards, warm up with some hot chocolate.  Dress warmly, as it gets cold in the evening.  Fun for the whole family! Great for Scout groups! Reservations Recommended. Go to:   https://nightskyfall19.eventbrite.com Questions? Hope: 408-262-5513 ext.104 

 

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Super Insects

  Visitor Center, Fremont

 12:00 p.m.—1:30 p.m.

Look, it’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SuperBug! Join us for a program all about insects and learn insect anatomy, defensive characteristics and importance of habitat for these incredible insects. Meet at the visitor center and walk down to the amphitheater. Led by Jim Nechols.

   

Saturday, October 26, 2019

North Bay Science Discovery Day

  Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa

Meet refuge staff and learn about the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge as part of a fun and free science discovery event for kids, featuring 100 different exhibitors.

Link:  https://www.northbayscience.org/

   

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Drawbridge Van Excursion

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

See September 28 for program description and registration information. 

    

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Insect Exploration

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Insects have been on this Earth for hundreds of millions of years. Come learn about the many different insects that call the San Francisco Bay Area home. We will examine insects and learn how they have adapted to survive.  Join us as we dig in the dirt and crawl through the plants, in search for our six-legged friends! Be prepared to get dirty.  All ages are welcome. Reservations recommended.   http://eecinsect.eventbrite.com . Questions?  Call 408-262-5513 ext. 104 

 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Fox Stories: Indicators that Fox are in Your Area

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights into the fox’s nature and their behavior during the walk. By the time we are through, you will have a set of “tools” you can use to identify the presence of foxes in any area that you are in. Bring a hat, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Led by Bill Leikam from the Urban Wildlife Research Project.

Register at https://eventbrite-fox-stories-program.eventbrite.com

 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Snowbird Stroll

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Join Ranger Hope, and fellow snowbirds, for a stroll through the Salt Marsh, Pond, and Slough looking for migratory birds! The snowbirds are arriving to enjoy the lovely moderate climate we have in San Francisco Bay! This is a great time to see many new birds arriving at the Refuge – from tiny sandpipers to large geese! We will taste Pickleweed, learn about our resident endangered species, and enjoy the morning breeze! We have binoculars and guides for everyone to barrow. Great for all ages and experience levels. Hike is on flat terrain and is just under 1 mile. Trail is accessible. Reservations Recommended. Go to:   https://snowbirdstroll.eventbrite.com Questions? Call 408-262-5513 ext. 104. 

 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Nature Walk for Health

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Take a break from your busy schedule and refresh your spirit with nature at the refuge. Take a guided nature walk on the Tidelands Trail and hear what makes this National Wildlife Refuge unique. The approximately one mile walk traverses through endangered species habitat and offers great views of south San Francisco Bay. Led by Rick Arellano.

Register at https://eventbrite-naturewalkforhealth.eventbrite.com

 

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Stewardship Saturday

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are interested in improving the refuge for visitors and for wildlife alike, join us at the Visitor Center for a stewardship project. We will do either a trash cleanup or a planting/weeding project. Dress appropriately for the task and for the weather. We will have gloves to lend and will provide the tools. Bring your own water bottle. Meet in the parking lot at the Visitor Center. Driving an additional 2.5 miles may be required since the project may be at a different location. For more information, or to make reservations, call 510-792-0222 ext. 361.

 

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Exploring the Dunes

  Antioch Dunes NWR, Antioch

  10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge is home to three endangered species: two gorgeous flowering plants (Antioch Dunes Evening Primrose and Contra Costa Wallflower) and a delicate butterfly found nowhere else on the planet - Lange’s Metalmark butterfly! Generally, this refuge is closed to the public to protect them. However, once a month we have docent-led walking tours to explore and learn about this incredible refuge and its importance in the Delta. This guided walk lasts 1-1.5 hours on a relatively flat, sandy road. Wear sturdy shoes for the sandy walk along the dunes. All ages welcome. No reservations required. Please note that there are no facilities on the property. Refuge address is 501 Fulton Shipyard Road, Antioch 94509. Contact 510 521-9717 for questions.

 

Visitor Center Desk Training – Fremont

Held on three successive Saturdays: November 9, 16, and 23

  Visitor Center, Fremont 

  10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The refuge is seeking volunteers to staff the Visitor Center information desk in Fremont. Once trained, volunteers will work a minimum of two shifts a month for a minimum of four months. This training is six hours and is broken up over three Saturdays. We will walk the trails, discuss the history of the refuge and its mission, find out more about the wildlife that lives here, learn about working at the VC desk, and go over standard visitor questions. To volunteer at the information desk, you must be able to attend all of the sessions. This training may in part be helpful to individuals interested in becoming program docents in the future. To apply for the position and register for the training, contact Paul_Mueller@fws.gov or call 510-792-0222, ext. 476.

   

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Geology Rocks on the Hills

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Ever wondered why the Coyote Hills rise up out of the surrounding marshland? Take a walk with Dr. Malcolm Pringle around the hills of the refuge. Observe rocks that formed deep in the ocean during the time of the dinosaurs. Ponder how they could have joined North America, then been uplifted to form the rocks, colors, and soils that provide the footing of the varied plants and animals that we see now. Appropriate for scouts, and inquisitive students of all ages. Sturdy walking shoes recommended.

Register at https://eventbrite-geologyrocks.eventbrite.com

 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

“Family Bird Walk”

Visitor Center, Fremont

  12:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Let family walks become a shared time of nature learning. We’ll begin by helping kids create their personal bird watching field guides, and then head out onto the trails to find those birds. A limited number of binoculars are available to borrow. Recommended for children ages 5-10. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.

Go to   https://family-bird-walk-september.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 363. 

 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Ohlone Acorn Grinding

  Environmental Education Center, Alviso 

  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Do you want to know more about the Native Americans that lived in the Bay Area before us? How did they survive without stores? Come to the refuge and learn how the Ohlone lived off of the land. Take a walk through the marsh, and go shopping in the Ohlone grocery store. Taste an Ohlone pickle and grind acorns! Best suited for ages 8 and up. Reservations Recommended. 

  Go to:   https://acorngrind.eventbrite.com Questions? Call 408-262-5513 ext. 104. 

 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Twilight Marsh Walk

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

Experience the salt marsh at twilight on an easy stroll along Tidelands (1.3 miles) Trail. At the setting of the sun we will observe the beginning of nature’s night shift. Come discover the sights, sounds, and smells of the refuge as night descends. Not suitable for young children. Call 510-792-0222 ext. 363. Led by Mary and Gene Bobik.

Register at https://eventbrite-twilightmarsh-walk.eventbrite.com

   

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Fox Stories: Indicators that Fox are in Your Area

  Visitor Center, Fremont

  2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Do you sometimes see paw prints in mud or scat (poop) on the trails and assume that a dog left it? It could be from something else. Come along with me and I will show you how to distinguish and identify the markings of a gray fox. Gain some insights into the fox’s nature and their behavior during the walk. By the time we are through, you will have a set of “tools” you can use to identify the presence of foxes in any area that you are in. Bring a hat, binoculars, and good walking shoes. Led by Bill Leikam from the Urban Wildlife Research Project.  

Register at https://eventbrite-foxprogram.eventbrite.com