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August 2019

Mt. Madonna Overnight

August 16, 4:00 pm - August 19, 11:00 am
Mount Madonna County Park, 7850 Pole Line Rd
Watsonville, CA 95076 United States
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$20 – $35

Friday through Sunday, August 16-18, 2019 – Join us for the second Ridge Trail Mount Madonna Overnight. Be inspired by the sweeping views of the Santa Cruz mountains from our campsite, take in the stars while roasting marshmallows around the campfire, meet new friends, and more! During the day campers can take a  hike along the Ridge Trail route through the beautiful redwood forest. Check out the registration page for more information. https://ridgetrail.secure.force.com/default/CnP_PaaS_EVT__ExternalRegistrationPage?event_id=a442M000000biLUQAY Mount Madonna County Park, Watsonville, CA 7850…

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Pond Farm Docent-led Tour

August 17, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve (Volunteer Center), 17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guernville, California 95446
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$16 – $20

Take a docent-led tour of Pond Farm Pottery and learn about the history of this significant cultural site that is on the National Register of Historic Places. Learn about the dreams and challenges of the Herr Family and Marguerite Wildenhain, the first woman master potter to graduate from the Bauhaus. Pond Farm was Marguerite’s home, school and studio for over 30 years and she taught hundreds of her students in the traditions of the Bauhaus. Please arrive promptly at 9:30…

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Bicycle Tour “Bike the Watershed IX”

August 17, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Marin Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903 United States
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free

Come ride you bike with us! GWC and MCBC invite you to our ninth annual bike ride & picnic on August 17, 2019 from 10 AM to 2 PM. Start at the Marin Civic Center and enjoy a scenic 8 mile bike ride through the Gallinas Watershed in North San Rafael. This all ages event lets you enjoy the scenery and learn about our watershed with regular stops along the way! Celebrate with a picnic at the lagoon! Meet at…

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Why Tides Matter

August 17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA 95002 United States
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Free

Docent Laurel Stell will talk and walk you through all things tides. What are they? How do they affect wildlife? How have humans reshaped the Bay’s tidal lands? Program starts indoors but will move outside for an easy 1 mile hike. Binoculars will be provided. All ages are welcome, bring your whole family! Reservations recommended. Questions? Hope: 408-262-5513 ext.104

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

August 17, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Star City Music Festival!

August 17, 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Brisbane Community Park, 11 Old County Road
Brisbane, CA 94005 United States
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“We’re thrilled to have the third annual Star City Music Festival returning to Brisbane, California—The City of Stars—at the eastern foot of San Bruno Mountain, where the sun hides from foggy San Francisco! On Saturday, 8/17/19, bring the whole clan to this family affair in gorgeous Community Park for a grand event designed to connect the magical mountainside oasis with its neighbors in Daly City, San Bruno, South SF, the City by the Bay, and beyond. Production and presentation provided by PSAV is top-shelf. The diverse lineup (see…

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

August 17, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

August 17, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates

August 17, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
China Camp State Park, 1898 N San Pedro Rd
San Rafael, CA 94901
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Bring the kids to China Camp for a night of local history, storytelling and fun! Children will learn about the fascinating history of China Camp and hear the fictional story of Yao Bai, a Chinese boy who lived at China Camp during the California Gold Rush when food supplies were in short supply due to demand by the huge numbers of miners. To find food, Yao and his family members sailed out to the Farallons to gather seabird eggs to…

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Bat Walk

August 17, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Armstrong Redwoods Visitor Center, 17000 Armstrong Woods Road
Guerneville, California 95446
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$20

This fun and educational walk will meet at 7:30 PM at the Steward’s Office/ Armstrong Volunteer Center (address below) to carpool up to Bullfrog Pond at the back of the Bullfrog Pond Campground. This  docent-led walk will be all about BATS! If your batty for bats or are just interested in learning more about this furry flying mammal this program is for you. We will cover a bat’s life cycle, what they eat and how to identify different species based…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

August 18, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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REGIONAL PARKS BOTANIC GARDEN OPEN HOUSE

August 18, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Road at South Park Drive
Berkeley, CA United States
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Explore the Botanic Garden and hear from docents about California’s spectacular plant diversity, natural history, and ethnobotany. All are welcome to join us for this special opportunity to learn about California’s spectacular plant diversity, natural history and ethnobotany. Many interpretative stations will be located throughout the Garden where docents, volunteers, Friends and staff will give short presentations and answer questions. Visit as many stations as you like. Families are welcome. Sunday, August 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Free event Phone: (510) 544-3169 email: …

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Plant Adaptation to Habitat Tour

August 18, 2:00 pm
Regional Parks Botanic Garden, Wildcat Canyon Road at South Park Drive
Berkeley, CA United States
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Please join us at the East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden for a special family-friendly Plant Adaption to Habitat Tour. On this tour, you will explore the different parts of California represented in the garden. Each of these sections have different types of habitat – from the desert to the mountains to the sea bluffs to the rain forest – to which the plants have adapted. This is a docent-led, family-friendly tour. Meet in front of the Botanic Garden Visitor…

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Campfire Program

August 18, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Paradise Beach Park, 3450 Paradise Drive
Tiburon, United States
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Join rangers for an evening of fun with local lore, legends, and campfire tales. This event is ideal for all ages. All skill levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes. Don’t forget to bring low back chairs or a blanket. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. No need to RSVP, just show up. No pets (except service animals) are allowed at this park. Questions: Contact Ranger Jeffrey Gerbic…

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Watershed Action Day BioBlitz

August 24, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Arena Green, 375 W Santa Clara St
San Jose, 95113
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free

As part of Watershed Action Day in downtown San Jose, you can join a BioBlitz. A BioBlitz is an event that focuses on finding and identifying as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a this BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. Docents will guide you and teach you…

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Crafts in the Outdoors: Beginning Leatherwork

August 24, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA 95002 United States
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free

Doing crafts outdoors is a wonderful experience! Make and decorate (tool) a small patch for your backpack or clothing made from vegetable tanned leather. Learn how Bay Area residents used the tanoak tree for food and for making leather. This family-friendly program lets you have fun crafting your own leather item. Bring water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. This program runs rain or shine. Led by Steve Stolper, Certified California Naturalist. Reservations Recommended. Questions? 408-262-5513 ext.104

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

August 24, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

August 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

August 24, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

August 25, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

August 31, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

August 31, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

August 31, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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September 2019

Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 1, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

September 7, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

September 7, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

September 7, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Bird Walk at Edgewood Natural Preserve

September 8, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Edgewood County Park: Bill and Jean Lane Education Center, 6 Old Stage Coach Rd
Redwood City, CA 94062
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free

Join Sequoia Audubon Society  and Friends of Edgewood docents for an early morning bird walk. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look and listen for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, Red-shouldered Hawk, Western Bluebirds, and many more. In addition to spotting birds, find out about their habits, preferences, and how they live. Interested children are welcome. Terrain: This 3 to 4 mile hike traverses gentle hills and lasts 3 to 4  hours. Pace: Slow! Bring water, a hat, sturdy…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 8, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Coastal Clean Up Day

September 21, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Capitol Expressway, 1001 E Capitol Expressway
San Jose, 95121
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free

Come participate in Coastal Cleanup Day at Coyote Creek. Spend a few hours at Coyote Creek and help beautify our creek through a community cleanup. Improve your Trash Karma by participating! All ages welcome. Volunteers needed to help with registration and photos as well as participate in the cleanup.

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

September 21, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

September 21, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

September 21, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 22, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Examining the Past & Present: People, Place & Parks

September 28, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Doran Regional Park, 201 Doran Beach Road
Bodega Bay, CA 94923 United States
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Investigate the park’s cultural history during a scavenger hunt revealing what the landscape looked like prior to Spanish/Mexican settlements, learn about the Coast Miwok, take a journey back in time to Vallejo’s ranches and begin to unearth our roots. Families and folks of all ages welcome. Parking $7 or  free for Regional Parks members. For more information on this free event, contact Irma Cuevas by email at  [email protected] or by phone at  (707) 565-7888.

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Sharktoberfest

September 28, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
SF, CA 94129 United States
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Join us in celebrating the annual return of the white sharks to the Gulf of the Farallones! Enjoy shark science, shark experts, shark art, shark films, shark conservation, food, wine/beer, and live music!

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

September 28, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

September 28, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

September 28, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

September 29, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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October 2019

Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

October 5, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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UC Davis Raptor Center Comes to Vacaville’s Peña Adobe Park

October 5, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pena Adobe Historical Park, Off Interstate 80 at Pena Adobe
Vacaville, CA 95687
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free

On Saturday, October 5, 2019, from 11:00 to 2:00, The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host the UC Davis California Raptor Center at the Peña Adobe Park. The park is located at Peña Adobe Road off Interstate 80 in Vacaville to the left of Lagoon Valley Park. Julie Cotton, Outreach Coordinator for the California Raptor Center, seeks to introduce people of all ages to raptors and their habitats, and to encourage appreciation, respect, and protection of these magnificent birds. When…

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

October 5, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

October 5, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

October 6, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Volunteers for Outdoor California — Weekend Project Dragoon Gulch

October 11, 5:00 pm - October 13, 5:00 pm
dragoon Gulch CA United States + Google Map

In October, V-O-Cal will end the 2019 season with its first-ever project in Sonora, a Gold Rush town of approximately 5,000 people nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. We’ll build a new trail in Dragoon Gulch, a network of trails through oak woodlands that’s walkable to downtown Sonora but still feels remote. Lots of fun and a sense of community We anticipate having a great mix of V-O-Cal regulars, other volunteers from greater Bay Area, and local…

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Open House

October 12
Hollister Fire Station One, 110 Fifth St
Hollister, CA 95023 United States
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Fire Prevention Week is Sunday, Oct. 6-Saturday, Oct. 12. The Hollister Fire Department will host its annual Open House to close out the week, featuring activities for all ages, station tours, Pee Wee Firefighter Combat Challenge, and snacks and water for all. Saturday, Oct. 12, 10am-2pm at Hollister Fire Department Station 1, 110 Fifth St. For information, call 831.636.4325.

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Wheels and Wildlife at the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge

October 12, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center, 1751 Grand Blvd.
Alviso, CA 95002 United States
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Free

Did you know you could ride your bike on the Refuge trails in Alviso? Join us for a 4.5 mile bicycle tour around the levee! 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!

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Coyote Creek Cleanup for World Habitat Day

October 12, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tully Ballfields, 850 Tully Road
San Jose, 95111
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Free

The winter storms bring not only water down the creek, but also all the debris (including balls, cigarette butts, and straws) down the storm drains and into our creeks. You can help remove this litter from Coyote Creek by joining us at this creek cleanup to a few hours with us to help beautify it.

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Guided Hikes with David Herlocker: Celebrating Autumn!

October 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Martin Griffin Preserve, 4900 Shoreline Highway One
Bolinas, CA 94924 United States
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Free

Join us on Saturday, October 12 as we celebrate the first day of our three-Saturday autumn public season at Martin Griffin Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch! Renowned local naturalist David Herlocker will be providing guided hikes at 11am and 2pm. David has been leading walks and giving presentations on natural history for over 30 years. He has been giving docent trainings and other walks and talks at Martin Griffin and Bouverie preserves for the last 20 years. He recently retired…

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Native Plant Sale by CNPS Milo Baker Chapter and Laguna Foundation Open House

October 12, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Laguna Environmental Center, 900 Sanford Road
Santa Rosa, California 95401
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Free

It’s planting season! Enjoy the warm fall colors at the Laguna Environmental Center while learning about California native plants and shopping for new additions to your garden. California natives are optimal for saving water, attracting pollinators, creating habitat for wildlife, and adding a beautiful local touch to your landscape. The plants for sale are tended with love and care all year round by dedicated CNPS Milo Baker volunteers in our shared nursery at the Laguna Environmental Center. Once you’ve shopped…

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You’re Invited to our Second Saturday on the Richmond Greenway!

October 12, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
free

You’re Invited to Come Celebrate Summer on the Greenway! The Watershed Project invites you to come to our Second Saturday on the Richmond Greenway. Our volunteer community workday is coming up soon and we would love to have you come join us. Come by to dig in and help take care of the Richmond Greenway, a wonderful community park and cycling/pedestrian path. Come enjoy the green, lush growth of summer as we tend our native plants, learn some useful gardening…

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Tolay Fall Festival

October 12, 11:00 am
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Lakeville Highway
Petaluma, CA United States
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$3 – $12

The Tolay Fall Festival presents two weekends of old-time, nature-based fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 12-13 & 19-20, 2019 at Tolay Lake Regional Park southeast of Petaluma. More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design. Explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” full of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife Venture into…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

October 12, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

October 12, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

October 12, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Bird Walk at Edgewood Natural Preserve

October 13, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Edgewood County Park: Bill and Jean Lane Education Center, 6 Old Stage Coach Rd
Redwood City, CA 94062
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free

LOCATION CHANGED FOR SEPTEMBER 8! Due to road work on Edgewood Road, the location of this hike has been changed this month to the Clarkia Trailhead at Edgewood. Join Sequoia Audubon Society  and Friends of Edgewood docents for an early morning bird walk. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look and listen for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, Red-shouldered Hawk, Western Bluebirds, and many more. In addition to spotting birds, find out about their habits, preferences, and how they…

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Eco-Sail to the Marin Headlands (Summer and Fall 2019)

October 13, 8:45 am - 11:30 am
Schooner Freda B, Sausalito Yacht Harbor, Slip 907
Sausalito, CA 94965 United States
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Set sail aboard the Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This signature sail, boarding in Sausalito, will take you under the Golden Gate Bridge and all the way out to Point Bonita Lighthouse. This is a prime area for wildlife, there will be a naturalist on-board to guide you through the whole experience. You’ll learn about the diverse ecosystems of the San Francisco Bay, with frequent wildlife sightings, and then return in time for brunch…

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Tolay Fall Festival

October 13, 11:00 am
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Lakeville Highway
Petaluma, CA United States
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$3 – $12

The Tolay Fall Festival presents two weekends of old-time, nature-based fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 12-13 & 19-20, 2019 at Tolay Lake Regional Park southeast of Petaluma. More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design. Explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” full of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife Venture into…

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Fall Harvest at Slide Ranch

October 19, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Slide Ranch, 2025 Shoreline Highway
Muir Beach, CA 94965 United States
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$35 – $40

Fall Harvest Celebration at Slide Ranch Fee: $35 per person in advance, $40 per person at the gate; children 24 months and under are free. Join us for one of the most exuberant days of the year at Slide Ranch. Enjoy a festival atmosphere with a variety of animal activities, nature crafts, garden cooking projects, hikes, live music, and food for sale. – Mingle with the herd of goats and sheep and milk our five lovely does – Feed the…

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Tolay Fall Festival

October 19, 11:00 am
Tolay Lake Regional Park, 5869 Lakeville Highway
Petaluma, CA United States
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$3 – $12

The Tolay Fall Festival presents two weekends of old-time, nature-based fun from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 12-13 & 19-20, 2019 at Tolay Lake Regional Park southeast of Petaluma. More than just a pumpkin patch, the Tolay Fall Festival is a seasonal celebration of the beauty and history of this special park. Fall Festival activities are low-key, hands-on and educational by design. Explore the “Nighttime Creatures Barn” full of native and exotic snakes, birds of prey, tide pool animals, and taxidermied wildlife Venture into…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

October 19, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

October 19, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

October 19, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Bioblitz! Family Workshop

October 26, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
SF, CA 94129 United States
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$15

Come be a citizen scientist and help us identify all the living things you can find on the beach, in the water, and in the air on Crissy Field. Ages 4-10 and their families. Registration open soon.   https://farallones.org/events/family-workshops/ Dive deeper into ocean science as a family at our Sanctuary Visitor Center Family Workshops. Led by our team of marine science educators, these weekend workshops are perfect for 4–10 year old budding marine biologists and their families. Select Saturdays and Sundays,…

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BUG EATERS: All about Carnivorous Plants

October 26, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
UC Botanical at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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$12 – $18

In honor of Halloween, we will explore some of the fascinating and beautiful plants that can trap and eat bugs! Enjoy this family program for all ages as we get up close with the amazing leaf adaptations of carnivorous plants. Children go home with a venus fly trap! Target audiences:  All Audiences, Children Open to audience:  All Audiences Registration required:  $18 Adult / $16 Child or $12 Member Adult / $10 Member Child Registration info: https://41780.blackbaudhosting.com/41780/FAMILY-PROGRAM-BUG-EATERS–All-about-Carnivorous-Plants-26Oct2019 Event Contact:  [email protected], 510-664-7606

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

October 26, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

October 26, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

October 26, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Tales at Twilight: Fantastical Fall Storytelling at Sienna Ranch

October 26, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sienna Ranch, 3232 Deer Hill Rd.
Lafayette, 94549
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$15

October 26th 6pm-9:30pm Tours start every half hour Price- $15 per person A mystery is afoot. Creepy creatures have tumbled out of the rocks and shrubs of Briones Regional Park and have found their way to our humble Sienna Ranch. Join us for an immersive evening tour as we investigate these curious critters. Tales at Twilight is a family friendly way to celebrate this Fall season. There will be two guided tour options: A Feast with the Foxes (ages 0-7),…

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Phycology Phamily Workshop

October 27, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center, 991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
SF, CA 94129 United States
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$15

Join us for a seaweed exploration on Crissy Field Beach and learn about their importance in an underwater forest found right in our ocean. Ages 4-10 and their families. Registration open soon. https://farallones.org/events/family-workshops/ Dive deeper into ocean science as a family at our Sanctuary Visitor Center Family Workshops. Led by our team of marine science educators, these weekend workshops are perfect for 4–10 year old budding marine biologists and their families. Select Saturdays and Sundays, 10-11:30am and 1-2:30pm Location: Greater…

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Autumn Exploration

October 27, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve, Skyline Boulevard at Page Mill Road
Redwood City, CA 94062 United States
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You’ll explore the diverse plant communities of this Preserve in the fall, as you enjoy a leisurely-paced hike along the Ancient Oak, Charquin, and Ridge Trails. Learn about local flora and fauna discovered on your route and find out who Charquin (of the above-named trail) was. Expect spectacular views, weather permitting. Appropriate for capable children 10 years or older; the hike has moderate elevation changes. Docents Ann McCarty, Marie Faust Evitt, and Catherine Crawford-Swent will be your guides. Where to…

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November 2019

Animal Architecture

November 2, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Ordinarily, nests, burrows and many kinds of animal-made structures are not considered architecture. However, these structures are carefully constructed designs for specific purposes. Some have inspired human designs and construction methods. You’ll discover master builders of the woodlands, and learn why the “architects” are successful; you’ll also appreciate the importance of a healthy environment that provides life-sustaining food and materials. Docents Helena Cohen and Frances Reneau will lead this leisurely-paced nature walk following the Orchard Loop Trail to the Zinfandel…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

November 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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“Kids Day at the Adobe” at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville!

November 2, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pena Adobe Historical Park, Off Interstate 80 at Pena Adobe
Vacaville, CA 95687
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free

On Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. come see the historic Peña Adobe, one of the oldest structures in Solano County. Dating back to 1842, the Adobe was once the home of the Juan Felipe Peña family, who with the Vacas, settled in Vacaville over one hundred seventy five years ago. Stop in the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum, and see local artifacts that include Peña family children’s toys, ladies dresses from the turn of the century and…

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

November 2, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

November 2, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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You’re Invited to our Second Saturday on the Richmond Greenway!

November 9, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
free

You’re Invited to Come Celebrate Summer on the Greenway! The Watershed Project invites you to come to our Second Saturday on the Richmond Greenway. Our volunteer community workday is coming up soon and we would love to have you come join us. Come by to dig in and help take care of the Richmond Greenway, a wonderful community park and cycling/pedestrian path. Come enjoy the green, lush growth of summer as we tend our native plants, learn some useful gardening…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

November 9, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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Afternoon Art Drop-in Workshops

November 9, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Art Room and get creative with your kids. Art instructors guide a different hands-on art activity each week. All ages are welcome to participate. Afternoon Art is a great way to get a taste of the Randall Museum’s arts and crafts programs.

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Meet the Animal Keeper

November 9, 2:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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Free

Venture into the Randall Museum’s live animal exhibit, Wild in California, and join one of the animal keepers in an open discussion about the museum’s wildlife residents. Learn how the keepers care for the animals and how and where these creatures live in the natural world. Kids and families will meet some of the animals up-close and can ask the keeper questions to find out more about their favorites. Visitors can meet a snake, check out a barn owl, or…

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Bird Walk at Edgewood Natural Preserve

November 10, 8:00 am - 11:00 am
Edgewood County Park: Bill and Jean Lane Education Center, 6 Old Stage Coach Rd
Redwood City, CA 94062
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free

Join Sequoia Audubon Society  and Friends of Edgewood docents for an early morning bird walk. Hike through oak woodlands and natural meadows. Look and listen for California Thrasher, Wrentit, Oak Titmouse, Red-shouldered Hawk, Western Bluebirds, and many more. In addition to spotting birds, find out about their habits, preferences, and how they live. Interested children are welcome. Terrain: This 3 to 4 mile hike traverses gentle hills and lasts 3 to 4  hours. Pace: Slow! Bring water, a hat, sturdy…

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Kid’s Hike: Leaf Rubbing Art

November 11, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Lynch Canyon Open Space Park, 3100 Lynch Road (near McGary Road)
Between Fairfield and Vallejo, CA United States
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The kids have the day off! Join Solano Land Trust and the amazing kid’s hike docents! Participants will learn about leaf rubbing art. Meeting location: Lynch Canyon Parking lot at 9:45. (3100 Lynch Road, Fairfield, CA 94534) Wear good walking shoes and bring water and snacks. Registration recommended:  https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07egni7x16b18c13a6&oseq=&c=&ch= Free. *NOTE: There is a separate parking fee of $6 at Lynch Canyon, cash or check, payable to Solano County Parks. * Rain or Red Flag Fire Closures may cancel hike…

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Almaden Quicksilver Fall 2019 Bioblitz

November 16, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Free

A BioBlitz is an event where we find and identify as many species as possible in a specific area over a short period of time. At a this BioBlitz, scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members work together to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms that live in a place. Docents will guide you and teach you to use the iNaturalist app on your smartphone or tablet to record all the living things…

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FAMILY PROGRAM: The Great Leaf Hunt and Crafting

November 16, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
UC Botanical at Berkeley, 200 Centennial Drive
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States
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$12 – $18

Celebrate fall in our collection of leaves from all around the world! Find the giant “umbrella” leaf of the Gunnera plant, compare it with the tiny leaf of the world’s smallest flowering plant, be wowed by a tree with three different types of leaves on one plant, including “ghost”, “mitten” and “egg” shapes, and see a leaf that actually moves when you touch it. During our mini-tour we’ll talk about why some leaves change color and why some leaves are…

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Get the Rush! at Rush Ranch

November 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Rush Ranch Open Space, 3521 Grizzly Island Road
Suisun City, 94585 United States
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On the third Saturday of every month, volunteers offer family-friendly activities at Rush Ranch. This month, children will be led on a scavenger hunt and will receive a small pumpkin at the end! Travel back in time by entering a traditional blacksmith shop, and join a docent-led interpretive hike focused on the birds, plants and water of the marsh. Guests can also explore exhibits, wander trails on their own, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy. The docent led hike…

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Saturday Science Drop-in Workshops

November 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way
San Francisco, 94114 United States
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$5 – $10

Drop by the Randall Museum’s Science Studio and discover the wonders of science. From building rockets to making polymers, the project-based activities explore a different science topic each week. Most classes produce a fun project to take home for continued discoveries. *On the third Saturday of each month there will be a special Astronomy Science activity in the Pop-up Planetarium in the Randall Theater.

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