Coming soon… Bay Day 2017!

Bay Day 2017

The Bay Area is full of stunning views, amazing nature, vibrant cities, diverse communities, and a beautiful Bay that connects us all. We love this place, and it wouldn’t be the same without San Francisco Bay. That’s why we’re inviting you to celebrate the second annual Bay Day on Saturday, October 7

Last year, thousands of people took part in over 50 events across 39 cities, and 7 counties declared Bay Day as an official annual celebration. This year’s Bay Day is set to be bigger and better!

So, stay tuned for more information about outdoor and on-water activities, hands-on programs from our partners, and free and discounted events happening around the Bay on Oct 7! In the meantime, don’t forget to add Bay Day to your calendar.

We hope you’ll join us in marking this one-of-a-kind regional holiday this fall.

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Bay Day 2016: a day of celebration

Earlier this month, thousands of Bay Area residents and dozens of  community organizations celebrated the first-ever Bay Day. Here’s a quick look at how we marked this new regional holiday:

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50 ways to celebrate the Bay on Bay Day

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Join us on Saturday, October 1 and remember to tag your Bay Day photos with #SFBayDay.

 

East Bay
Wetland Restoration with Save The Bay 9am – 12pm
Healthy Parks, Healthy People Walk at MLK Regional Shoreline 10am – 12pm
East Bay Regional Park District: Family Nature Fun at Crab Cove 2pm – 3pm
Group Bike Ride in San Leandro with Bike East Bay 10:30am – 1:30pm
Berkeley Group Bike Ride with Bike East Bay 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Lindsay Wildlife Experience: Meet Bay Animals! 10am – 5pm
Bay Trail Audio Tours Narrated by Doug McConnell All day
$4 Pints at 21st Amendment Brewery 12pm – 10pm
North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance Festival 11am – 4pm
Warning, Warning & Watermark Film Screening at David Brower Center 2pm – 4pm
North Bay
Marine Mammal Center: Tours and Free Admission 10am – 5pm
Sonoma Land Trust: Sears Point Tidal Marsh Docent-Led Walk 10am – 12pm
Walking Tour around the Bay Model 10am – 12:30pm
Discounted Kayaking & SUP at Sea Trek 8:30am – 5pm
Bike the Bay – Ridge Trail’s Carquinez Scenic Loop 9am
Paddle the Benicia Water Trail 9am – 11:30am
Adapting to Sea Level Rise in the Bay with Roger Leventhal and Sonoma Land Trust 9am – 10am
Napa Valley Museum’s Oktoberfest Celebration 11am – 4pm
Bay Day at Bay Area Discovery Museum 9am – 5pm
San Francisco
Coastal Cleanup at Heron’s Head Park 1pm – 3pm
No Butts in the Bay Beach Clean Up 1pm – 4pm
Farallon Island Expedition Discount 10:30am – 4:30pm
Discounted Adventure Cat Bay Sail 1pm – 3pm
Bay Day Boat Ride: Loop around the Bay 1:30pm – 2:30pm
Swim Across America with Baykeeper 8am – 12pm
Group Bike Ride with SF Bike Coalition 11am – 1pm
City Kayak Discounted Tours
Discounted Segway Tours of San Francisco 9am – 7:30pm
CUESA and the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market celebrate Bay Day and National Seafood Month 9am – 1:30pm
Bay Day Giveaways at PIER 39 12pm – 2pm
Discounted Admission at Aquarium of the Bay 10am – 7pm
Intimate Marine Life of SF Bay at Exploratorium 12pm – 3pm
Reusable Bag Crafts at the Sea Lion Center 10:30am – 4:30pm
Bean Sprouts Family Day at the San Francisco Botanical Garden 1pm – 4pm
Peninsula & South Bay
Wetland Restoration with Save The Bay 9am – 12pm
Sloughkeepers Paddle and Cleanup of Alviso Slough 11am
Bay Trail Walk 9:30am – 10:45am
Climate Change and the Bay Hike at Ravenswood Open Space Preserve 2pm – 4pm
Wisdom of the Watershed Docent-Led Hike at Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve 10am – 12pm
Group Bike Ride with Silicon Valley Bike Coalition 10:30am – 1:30pm
Free Admission at CuriOdyssey 10am – 5pm
Marine Science Institute Boat Tours at PortFest 10:00am – 3:00pm
Learn to Kayak + Tour of Bair Island with REI 9am – 3pm
Inner Bair Island Bay Day Walk 10am – 11am
Tai Chi at the Refuge 9:30am – 10:30am
Bay Day Bike Ride at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge 10:30am – 11:30am
Facebook Farmers Market feat. Save The Bay 2pm – 5pm
PortFest in Redwood City 10am – 3pm
“Walking The Bay 2” Photography Exhibit 12pm – 4pm
Bay Day Litter Poster Making at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge 10am – 11am
Virtual Reality & Sea Level Rise with Look Ahead-San Mateo 10am – 2pm

Introducing Bay Day: PG&E Supports Inaugural Event to Celebrate Region’s Natural Beauty

OAKLAND — Part of what people love about the San Francisco Bay is its beauty. For many, it’s what drew them to the area and keeps them from leaving.

PG&E’s Vanessa Vergara, a gas mapping technician, and fellow employees helped kick off Bay Day by working in a nursery at the Oakland Shoreline. (Photos by David Kligman.)

But it’s more than the Golden Gate Bridge, city skylines and other manmade creations. It’s also a region literally alive with plants, animals and natural resources, as well as the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the West Coast.

On Saturday (Oct. 1), PG&E joins the environmental nonprofit Save the Bay organization for the first Bay Day. The day is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate the San Francisco Bay with the reminder that it be preserved and protected for future generations.

“A lot of people drive to work every day and we see the Bay as the backdrop of our lives,” said Save the Bay’s Kristina Watson. “It gives the region our identity. Why wouldn’t we celebrate something we already love?”

Organizers say the day is intended to be like Earth Day but for the San Francisco Bay. Beginning this year, Bay Day will occur every year on the first Saturday of October.

Some 23 cities are taking part and 40 events are planned, most free of charge or discounted, in San Francisco, the East Bay, the North Bay and the Peninsula and South Bay.

There will be a coastal cleanup in San Francisco; an opportunity to meet wild animals from the Bay at the Lindsay Wildlife Experience in Walnut Creek; free tours of the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito; and a docent-led family hike at an open preserve near East Palo Alto that will show the possible impacts of climate change to the Bay.

Nance Donati, a 10-year PG&E employee, provides a perch for a small frog that jumped on her hand.

Protecting the environment is a core company value for PG&E. Earlier this year, volunteers helped repair a meadow in Santa Clara County. And PG&E annually works with bird experts to protect peregrine falcons that nest at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.

To kick off Bay Day, about 25 PG&E employees volunteered their time today (Sept. 28) at a nursery helping to restore wetland habitat to its natural state at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline in Oakland. They spent several hours trimming native salt grass that will eventually be planted in Hayward.

“It shows that we’re honoring our commitment to environmental stewardship,” said Nance Donati, a 10-year PG&E employee who helps ensure the company complies with environmental regulations. “The Bay is everything.”

PG&E’s partnership with Save the Bay is mutually important, with both organizations working to make Bay Area communities clean, sustainable and resilient to climate change.

For PG&E, the project was just one of the many ways the company works every day to improve the communities where its employees work and live.

PG&E also has provided financial support to Save the Bay — begun in 1961 — whose missions include preventing pollution, restoring wetlands and stopping reckless shoreline development.

On Bay Day, Some 23 cities are taking part and 40 events are planned, most free of charge or discounted.

Earlier this year, PG&E backed Measure AA to fund critical conservation and flood protection projects. In June, the measure passed with approval from more than 70 percent of Bay Area voters.

In addition, PG&E this year committed $1 million over five years to help California cities and counties prepare for, withstand and recover from events caused by climate change.

Jessie Olson, the nursery manager for Save the Bay, said she and her team greatly appreciate PG&E’s commitment to volunteer.

“It’s everything for our staff that local organizations care about the environment and are willing to show their support,” she said.

PG&E’s Kathrine Long, who works in Oakland and helps colleges save energy, said she decided to volunteer in part because of the location. The shoreline is proof that you can find nature anywhere — even amid a bustling city.

“It’s a chance to see the beauty of Oakland,” Long said. “You don’t always hear about it but it’s here.”

 

This blog was  written by David Kligman and originally published by PG&E Currents on September 28, 2016.

Email David Kligman at David.Kligman@pge.com

 

Bay Day Basics: The 5Ws

The Bay is alive and wild and that's why we are celebrating
The Bay is more than a stunning view — it’s alive, wild, and worth celebrating.

The first-ever Bay Day celebration is fast approaching! To help you get ready for the big day I’ve created the 5 Ws of Bay Day! These 5Ws consist of what, why, when, who, and where. Basically, everything under the sun you’ll need to know in order to have an awesome Bay Day on Saturday, Oct. 1!

What is Bay Day?

Bay Day is an annual celebration of San Francisco Bay. It’s like Earth Day but for the Bay!  Cities all around the Bay have officially declared Bay Day, and many community partners and local businesses are hosting celebrations, leading special Bay-themed programs, and offering discounts for the public.

Why are we celebrating it?

The Bay is home to not only a growing population but also to hundreds of different species of birds, fish and mammals. It is the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the West Coast, providing habitat for migrating shorebirds and larger mammals like porpoises and sea lions. When we take one day each year to celebrate this amazing natural resource, the movement to preserve and protect it for future generations grows stronger.

When is Bay Day?

Saturday, October 1, 2016. All day!

Who’s invited to celebrate Bay Day?

Everyone in and around the Bay Area is welcome to participate in Bay Day events and share their love for the Bay.

Where will Bay Day celebrations be held?

From Oktoberfest at the Napa Valley Museum to Port Fest in Redwood City the activities stretch across the entire Bay Area. Click on the links below to learn more about some of the Bay Day activities happening around the Bay Area on Oct. 1.

Find an event happening in your neighborhood at BayDay.org.