Bay Area nature enthusiasts stay informed and list events on BAY NATURE. That’s easy to do with the online event submission form. Email your announcements, but please submit two weeks in advance. The calendar is the most comprehensive list of nature-related public activities in the Bay Area: hikes, talks, film screenings, workshops, restoration projects, special days at nature centers and science museums. Calendar events also feed into the interactive map.
Jake Sigg is a great source of Bay Area environmental and conservation news and opinion. He also riffs on population, language, and politics:
Classes for writers, editors, photographers, designers, broadcasters, community organizers, computer wizards, dancers, actors, and other creative folks. Media Alliance has an interactive website for finding jobs, signing up for classes, and connecting to other media activists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beach Watch volunteers perform shoreline monitoring under the auspices of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Beach Watch uses highly trained “citizen scientists” from all walks of life to conduct regular shoreline surveys spanning 150 miles of coastline from Point Año Nuevo to Bodega Head. The volunteers have conducted wildlife surveys during oil spills and other disasters. Since 1996, the nonprofit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association has managed Beach Watch data and volunteers. Find out more about the sanctuary and its volunteer programs: Farallones and NOAA.
Maritime National Historical Park is on the San Francisco waterfront. Board historic vessels berthed at Hyde Street Pier and participate in interpretive programs: traditional shipbuilding methods, ship restoration and maintenance by shipwrights, rigging crew, small-craft curators and volunteers, and exhibits aboard Balclutha and in the Visitor Center. Complete schedule:
Visitor Center: 415-447-5000
Cafe Scientifique has regular programs in Palo Alto and elsewhere (see locations and links below).
Worldwide: Find One Near You or Start Your Own
Berkeley: East Bay Science Cafe
Botany and ecology workshops offered by UC and Jepson Herbaria on the UC Berkeley campus. Includes classroom instruction and field trips. Email Anna Larsen at email@example.com or call 510-643-7008.