For many people, San Francisco Bay is just a pretty view. However, Save The Bay has shown time and again that Bay Area residents love the Bay deeply and will rally to protect it from harm and preserve it for future generations. We know the Bay is our greatest natural treasure and the heart of what makes our region so special.
Seeing the Bay’s beauty up close is the best inspiration for our work and experiencing the Bay together with others who care makes our community stronger. It is amazing how many people have lived in this region for years and never experience the Bay from the water. We hope to change that.
This year we are proud to launch Blue – an inspirational evening on the waters of San Francisco Bay. Join us on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22nd, as we convene Bay supporters and regional leaders for a beautiful sunset cruise on a private yacht. Blue will unite advocates and investors from every corner of the Bay and raise the funds we need to meet the tough challenges ahead.
For more information, to buy tickets or inquire about sponsorship, please contact Jackie Richardson at Jackie@savesfbay.org or (510) 463-6835.
Last week, 20 Facebook interns came out to our Palo Alto Baylands restoration site for a Facebook Intern Service Day. This event was part of a broader partnership between Save The Bay and Facebook, who was the lead sponsor for Bay Day 2016 this year.
During their volunteer day, Facebook interns learned Bay history, went on a nature walk around the Baylands, did some bird watching, and removed 200 pounds of invasive fennel! In transition zones like the Palo Alto Baylands, invasive plants like Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) have taken over and out-competed native species. Removing the fennel from our restoration site is a crucial step before we start planting natives along the shoreline.
Save The Bay’s volunteers are a huge part of achieving our restoration goals and working towards a climate-resilient Bay. Thanks for volunteering with us, Facebook!
After months, and weeks, and days of preparation, meetings, and conference calls, Bay Day was finally here.
Our inaugural Bay Day held on Sat., Oct 1 served as an annual celebration of the San Francisco Bay. More than 50 activities were hosted by over 40 partners in all nine Bay Area counties. From swimming, biking, hiking and kayaking to farmers markets, film screenings and art exhibits, Bay Day 2016 had something for everyone.
The gravity of something like Bay Day can sort of get lost on you when you’ve been working to make it successful day in and day out.
On Bay Day, I got a chance to step back from the desk, stretch, get out of the office, and experience all that Bay Day had to offer, much like the thousands of Bay Area residents who participated in this special day.
That morning, I witnessed our Save The Bay restoration staff and volunteers in action at Bair Island. This group spent the morning removing invasive species in preparation for our upcoming planting season, and took this one day to leave a lasting positive footprint on the Bay for generations to come.
By mid-day, I was on a docent-led walking tour of Inner Bair Island hosted by the Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge, where we learned about the transformation of Bair Island back into a healthy tidal marsh from being diked and drained decades ago for agriculture and development.
I finished my Bay Day at Redwood City’s PortFest listening to live music and enjoying lunch on the Bay
I wasn’t the only one who got to step out of the office and into the sun on Bay Day.
Other Save The Bay staffers enjoyed Bay Day celebrations at the Facebook Farmers Market and Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, an Adventure Cat Sail of the Bay, and free and discounted admission at CuriOdyssey and the Lindsay Wildlife Experience.
Looking back, we’ve seen 39 cities and seven counties officially proclaim Bay Day this year and we’ve reached over a million people on social media, and even thousands more through media coverage, events and more. We can’t wait to start planning for a bigger and better Bay Day 2017, so keep an eye out for announcements about the exciting events taking place next year!
San Francisco Bay: Beautiful views. Bold ideas and innovative people. Diverse cities… And nature so close, it’s in the fabric of our daily life.
This is our Bay, and we believe it deserves to be celebrated because there’s no place like it in the world. That’s why we’re establishing Bay Day—one official day every year for everyone to come together and celebrate the Bay.
Bay Day is like Earth Day… for our Bay
Bay Day is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to celebrate our Bay. Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. We’re launching Bay Day on Saturday October 1, 2016.
More than a stunning view
Why celebrate our Bay? Don’t be fooled by the bridges, levees, and city skylines—the Bay is wild and alive. In fact, it’s the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the west coast. It is home to 400 native species, an important stop for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, and a rich habitat for salmon, herring and many other fish. Larger animals including harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, and seven species of sharks all call the Bay home.
Our Bay plays such a big role in the amazing quality of life we enjoy here in the Bay Area, and whether it’s a view from the hills, brunch on the waterfront, a walk on the Bay Trail, or kayaking the shoreline, there’s always more to explore.
Help us bring Bay Day to life
Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. Here are three ways you can get involved:
The Bay Area is full of beautiful views, amazing natural resources, vibrant cities and diverse people – these are just a few of the reasons why the Mayors of Oakland, San Jose and San Francisco have joined forces to create an official day to celebrate our region. The mayors of the Bay Area’s three anchor cities dedicated the first Saturday in October as Bay Day, and Saturday, October 1st, 2016 will be the inaugural celebration.
“Our Bay deserves to be celebrated—because there’s no place else like it in the world,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “I am proud to join with the mayors of Oakland and San Jose to establish Bay Day: One official day every year when our communities can come together and celebrate our most precious resource – the Bay.”
Bay Day will be one day a year where the region can come together to celebrate San Francisco Bay. On Bay Day, dozens of cultural attractions, community organizations, small businesses and parks all around the Bay Area will host special, Bay-themed programs so residents can explore, enjoy, and learn more about our Bay.
“Save The Bay is proud to partner with cities around the San Francisco Bay to dedicate the first Saturday of October as an official day to celebrate the Bay,” said Save The Bay’s Executive Director David Lewis.
For more information on celebrating Bay Day or to share your ideas for Bay Day activities this year, check out bayday.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember – without the Bay, we’d just live in The Area!