5 Great Spots to Learn About SF Bay

As the mom of an inquisitive 7 year old, I’m always looking for fun and beautiful places for my family to learn more about San Francisco Bay.  Here are 5 of my favorite places to learn, play and explore:

  1. Exploratorium: Science-based learning is a huge part of our mission here at Save The Bay.  And the Exploratorium located at Pier 15 in San Francisco shares that value. With hundreds of exhibits to explore and engage with, The Exploratorium has many Bay-related exhibits. Check out the Bay Observation Terrace on the upper level where you can uncover the history, geography and ecology of the Bay Area.  Plus, walk right outside and enjoy the beautiful vistas of San Francisco Bay.

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    The Exploratorium’s waterfront location offers stunning Bay views. Photo: Save The Bay staff
  2. CuriOdyssey: If learning about wildlife interest you, CuriOdyssey has many exhibits dedicated to animals that call San Francisco Bay Area home including the river otter and the black crowned night heron. Walk through a 4,000-square-foot aviary and see if you can spot a snowy egret or a golden eagle.

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    Snowy Egret at Arrowhead Marsh in Oakland. Photo: Rick Lewis
  3. Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Visit the nation’s first urban national wildlife refuge on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in Fremont. Don Edwards NWR has 30,000 acres that host millions of migratory birds and endangered species. There are numerous recreation activities to choose from including wildlife viewing and interpretive walks. If you are lucky, you might spot two endangered species endemic to San Francisco Bay: the Ridgway’s rail and the salt marsh harvest mouse.

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    Newark Slough, Don Edwards NWR Photo: Paul Crockett
  4. Aquarium of the Bay: Committed to protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay, the Aquarium of the Bay is a great place to discover more about marine animals. Get up close to some of the native shark species that call the Bay home like the leopard shark and the sevengill shark. Check out these fun “shark-tivities” including feeding the sharks, a shark touch pool and an exciting walk through the underwater tunnel.

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    The Broadnose Sevengill Shark is one of six shark species that live in San Francisco Bay.Photo: Monterey Bay Aquarium
  5. Bay Area Discovery Museum: With expansive views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito is a great way to play and learn about the Bay.  Play outdoors and feel the rush of cold-water tide pools, climb around iconic Bay Area landmarks or be a ship captain in Lookout Cove. Play indoors in Bay Hall with boats, ships and a Fisherman’s Wharf model.  This is a fun destination to be inspired by the Bay’s beauty and let your imagination run wild.

    Golden Gate Bridge at Sunset - Photo: Jill Zwicky
    View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Cavillo Point. Photo: Jill Zwicky

These 5 great spots to learn about SF Bay, have my 7 year old’s seal of approval!

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Looking for more ways to celebrate and enjoy the beauty of our Bay? Check out top spots to celebrate the bay, curated by our friends at Yelp!

12 months of Bay photos: Get your 2017 calendar today!

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I am thrilled to share with you the 2017 Save The Bay calendar! A huge thank you goes to our volunteer photographers who have generously donated their stunning Bay images to our Calendar Photo Contest. These unparalleled and spectacular photos are spotlighted in the 2017 Save The Bay Calendar and serve as a monthly reminder of the importance of protecting and restoring the San Francisco Bay.

The breathtaking photos inside the 2017 calendar pay tribute to one of the remarkable women who started it all—Sylvia McLaughlin. Sylvia joined with Esther Gulick and Kay Kerr more than 50 years ago to co-found Save The Bay.

Today, Sylvia’s legacy inspires us to tackle the new challenges facing our Bay. So I hope you’ll hang your calendar somewhere special where it can inspire you and serve as a daily reminder of the Bay treasures you are helping to save. The beautiful Bay we work to save is still under constant threat–from toxic Styrofoam, plastic bags, cigarette butts, and polluted runoff.

Your gift of just $25 or more will help restore pivotal shoreline habitat, prevent pollution from entering our Bay, lead the way for Bay Smart communities, and so much more. As a special thank you, we will send you the beautiful 2017 Save The Bay Calendar to remind you of the beauty your donation is helping to save.

Make a special tax-deductible contribution of just $25 or more, and we’ll send you a copy of this gorgeous full-sized, full color, wall calendar as our thank-you.

Ending 2015 on a bright note

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Thank you for your contributions to our beloved San Francisco Bay in 2015. Co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin expresses her thanks to you.

Thank you to the 1,075 generous Year End donors who helped us reach our goal of $150,000 which will be doubled in value to put $300,000 toward protecting and restoring our beautiful bay. Our donors keep us moving forward to reach goals that our courageous co-founders started in 1961.

Save The Bay’s co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin continues to be an inspiration to staff, board, volunteers and members. And on December 24, over 500 of you sent warm birthday wishes to Sylvia thanking her for leadership and vision to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.  Here are just a few of the inspirational and heartfelt birthday messages she received from other passionate Bay savers:

  • Happy Birthday Sylvia!! What a wonderful thing you did to start an organization to save the Bay. Hope your birthday is extra special!!
  • Happy Birthday and a world full of thanks! It’s because of you that my birding friends, my husband and I can spend many happy hours watching migrating birds that visit our bay and those who call it home year-round. Happy, happy birthday!
  • You and Save The Bay have changed my Life. I never take our San Francisco Bay fauna and flora for granted, and I can never walk by plastic debris without the urge to pick it up and dispose of it properly. Thank you for a legacy of respect for our environment that has rippled in my family.
  • Happy Birthday. You have done well through tireless advocacy and environmental activism. Please know that the world will be better because of you.
  • Happy Birthday, Sylvia! And thank you for your love of our open space, coasts, wetlands, waterways, birds, and wildlife – and your lifelong support to protect and cherish these.

“The biggest part of our whole effort was to create awareness about the Bay and its connection to everyone around it. I just hope people continue to appreciate the treasure of the San Francisco Bay.  We want this to be here for those who came after us and beyond.” – Sylvia McLaughlin

Meet science teacher Jeff Sandler

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Jeff Sandler’s class out on a SEED program with Save The Bay at Creekside Marsh in Marin.

Meet Jeff Sandler from Fairfax, a science teacher in Berkeley who brought his 7th grade class out to the shoreline to participate in Save The Bay’s SEED program.  SEED — Students Engaging in Ecological Design — engages middle and high school students in the full restoration cycle.

How did you get involved with Save The Bay?

Years ago, I took my high school classes out on the Bay with the Canoes in Sloughs program.  For the last three years, my middle school classes have been participating in the SEED program – where we help restore wetlands around the Bay.  A great service learning opportunity!

Do you have a favorite site or experience?

I guess my favorite site is the Native Plant Nursery at the MLK Shoreline. Having the students’ work there – doing everything from re-potting seedlings to cleaning out old planting tubes and flats – gives them a great sense of accomplishment as they can literally do 100’s of these in a few hours.  The students also get to “close the loop” on the whole restoration cycle. Working there shows us where the small plants in the tubes that we use for wetland restoration come from!

What other activities or hobbies do you enjoy?

Fishing, mountain biking, trail running, cooking

What is your first/fondest memory of San Francisco Bay?

Bringing my own children to the shore of the Bay to fish.  Now that they are grown up, they still enjoy fishing and I’d like to think that their great patience and appreciation of the natural world is the result of all of those hours spent on the Bay.

To learn more about our SEED program and see our resources for teachers on our website.

Thanks to Jeff and all the students who came out to learn about the complete cycle of tidal marsh restoration, from seeds to ecosystems!

 

A Year of San Francisco Bay Photos: Get your 2016 Save The Bay calendar today!

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I am thrilled to share with you the 2016 Save The Bay calendar! Thank you to our volunteer photographers who have generously donated their stunning Bay images to Save The Bay’s first ever Calendar Photo Contest. These unique and striking images are spotlighted in the 2016 Save The Bay Calendar and serve as a monthly reminder of the importance of protecting and restoring San Francisco Bay.

The breathtaking photos inside the 2016 calendar tell a story of the Bay that exists today, thanks to the three visionary women co-founded the organization that saved the Bay from becoming nothing more than a narrow, polluted river. The beautiful Bay we work to save is still under constant threat–from reckless bay fill to toxic Styrofoam, plastic bags, cigarette butts, and polluted runoff.

Your gift of just $25 or more will help restore crucial shoreline habitat, provide residents greater access to the Bay shoreline for hiking, biking and wildlife viewing. Plus, your contribution will help us get to Zero Trash in the Bay by 2022. As a special thank you, we will send you the beautiful 2016 Save The Bay Calendar.

Make a special tax-deductible contribution of just $25 or more, and we’ll send you a copy of this gorgeous full-sized, full color, wall calendar as our thank-you.