Sunday, January 18, 2015

Urban Nature Connections with Jon Young - Feb 7 in the Presidio - Free

Urban Nature Connections: Bird Language in the Presidio on Saturday, February 7
This FREE event is on Saturday, February 7, from 9:30am-3:30pm The workshop takes place in the Presidio's Rob Hill Campground Great Room and natural surroundings. In the afternoon portion, internationally acclaimed author and field practitioner Jon Young will present the Bird Language Leaders Project, as well as lead a "visioning session" for this urban nature pilot.

Heron in the Presidio of San Francisco

Greater and Greener 2015 - April 11-14 2015



City Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department are excited to be partnering to present Greater & Greener 2015: Innovative Parks, Vibrant Cities. 
Greater & Greener is a four-day indoor and outdoor conference designed to equip you with the tools you need to create innovative, vibrant, and sustainable parks in your city, district, community or neighborhood.
You’ll be joining more than 1,000 global park leaders, city planning and design professionals, civic officials, and other urban park advocates at Greater & Greener in San Francisco — an inspiring network of peers from cities across the world. 
Through outdoor workshops and tours, engaging speaker and panel discussions, volunteer opportunities and exclusive events, we’ll highlight the people and programs having a positive impact across urban park creation, management and stewardship – in the San Francisco Bay Area and globally.

For more information, review our Schedule-At-A-Glance or the Full Schedule.

Register No& GREENER 2015

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Outside Magazine on taking 5 minutes outside a day

Take Five—Minutes or Days

Photo: Daniel D. Snyder/Ivan Pavlov/Dimedrove68Shutterstock
Five minutes is all that’s required to achieve the minimum effective dose of nature immersion to raise your spirits. So says Jules Pretty, professor of environment and society at the University of Essex, who synthesized the results of nearly a dozen studies for a comprehensive 2010 review of nature’s effects on the body. “All outside activity offers mental and physical benefits,” says Pretty, adding that the majority of them are gained by simply walking out the door. The first five minutes have the greatest impact, his review found; people’s moods continue to lift from minute six on, but not as much.
If even short outdoor breaks can reduce stress, imagine what a week in the wilderness can do for your mind. In a 2011 pilot study of 57 adult Outward Boundparticipants, University of Utah psychologist David Strayer and University of Kansas scientists Paul and Ruth Ann Atchley found that, after four days in the backcountry, subjects scored 50 percent higher on tests measuring creativity.
DO: Build outdoor moments into your schedule. “Park the car at the far end of the lot,” suggests Pretty. “Take your coffee in the courtyard. Walk the long way around. Have meetings outside. The key is to make green time a part of daily life.”
DON’T: Neglect prolonged, uninterrupted nature excursions. In Pretty’s review, a second significant spike in mental-health benefit occurred when people spent an entire day outdoors. Meanwhile, the Outward Bound research suggested that three days in the wild was enough to boost cognition. Several long weekends in the wilderness may be more beneficial than one extended two-week journey.

January 7th news from Park and Rec - Camp Mather sign ups!

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A SPUR Briefing: The Economic Benefits of SF Parks on January 14     

San Francisco's parks have been highly treasured since the gold rush, serving as jewels in the urban fabric. The Trust for Public Land and San Francisco Parks Alliance recently completed a study highlighting the systems' economic benefits, including impacts on property value, tourism, health, community cohesion, clean water and clean air. Learn how San Francisco's parks continue to generate irreplaceable benefits, both qualitative and quantitative, for the city.

Featuring: Peter Harnik, Trust for Public Land; Matt O'Grady, SF Parks Alliance; Phil Ginsburg, SF Recreation and Park Department

DATE: Wednesday, January 14, 2015
TIME: 12:30 p.m.
PLACE: SPUR, 654 Mission Street, San Francisco

Free to SPUR members; $10 non-members
Transformations: Photo Exhibit Celebrates Teen Theater Company's 30th Anniversary  

TRANSFORMATIONS: Photo Exhibit Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the
Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company

Exhibit Location: McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St. SF
Hours: Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception @ McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan St.: Thursday, January 15, 2015 - 5-7 p.m.

2015 Camp Mather Lottery Registration Season is Now Open  

The 2015 Camp Mather Lottery Registration season is now open through February 6.  Log and use course bar code 39462.  Lottery results will be mailed out in mid-March. 

Choose from the following weeks:

May 30-June 6 (Inclusion Week*)
June 6-June 13
June 13-June 20
June 20-June 27
June 27-July 4
July 4-July 11
July 11-July 18
July 18-July 25
July 25-August 1
August 1-August 8
August 8-August 15

*More on Inclusion Week
Inclusion Week includes trained staff and staff fluent in ASL to help facilitate participation of family members who have disabilities or are Deaf/hard of hearing. Our Inclusion Staff will provide specialized activities as well. We invite you to register for any week of camp but Inclusion Week activities and inclusiveness benefit all families and offer opportunities for everyone to make new friends.  When registering, you will have an opportunity to indicate if you have a family member who has a disability, or who is Deaf/hard of hearing.  If you receive a reservation, we'll contact you with more information.
Summer Workreation Application Period for Teens, Ages 14-17     
Teens, ages 14-17, make plans for next summer and apply for our popular summer Workreation program. Gain valuable work experience, make some money, and have a blast doing it.  The application period for 9910 Public Service Trainee positions is open now through January 16, 2015. Online applications are accepted only, and are available at under the 9910 Public Service Trainee heading for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.  For more information, call (415) 831-2785.
Candlestick Memorabilia on Sale Now at AT&T Park   

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has teamed with the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on From the Clubhouse, the Giants' official source for game-used and autographed memorabilia. From the Clubhouse will be selling Candlestick Park artifacts authenticated by MLB. From the Clubhouse will be selling seatbacks, section signs and other assorted signage from Candlestick Park.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of Candlestick memorabilia will benefit San Francisco Recreation and Park's Youth Scholarship Fund, which ensures that everyone has the opportunity to get out and play.

From the Clubhouse is located at 2nd and King at AT&T Park and is open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Please call(415) 972-2212 for more information.

Visit From the Clubhouse and own a piece or give the gift of piece of Historic Candlestick Park!
Volunteer for the 2015 World Golf Championship-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding 
The 2015 World Golf Championships - Cadillac Match Play is looking for volunteers!  Enjoy a behind the scenes experience as the top 64 golfers in the world compete head-to-head, April 27 - May 3 at TPC Harding Park.
All volunteers will receive:        

- Nike uniform package

- Daily access to tournament grounds when not volunteering
- Weekly grounds ticket for a guest
- Commemorative volunteer pin, and more!   
To register, please visit: or call 415-566-7287.

Mobile Rec Comes to West Sunset Playground on January 10     

Come out to West Sunset Playground (Quintara and 41st Avenue) this Saturday, January 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Mobile Rec,including climbing, slack lining, disc golf, skateboarding and BMX biking.  Free! We provide the safety equipment, you come out and play! (Event subject to cancellation due to rain. Check our website for updates.)
Zumba Dance Party at the County Fair Building in GGP on January 11     
Harvey Milk Photo Center Presents Imogen Cunningham Exhibit Begins January 17    
Exhibit: Imogen Cunningham Photography, Paris in the Sixties 
Dates: January 17 - February 28
Opening Reception: January 17, from 1-4 p.m.
Location: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. 
Viewing hours: Tues-Thursday, 4-8:30 p.m., Sat & Sunday noon-4:00 p.m. 

All-You-Can-Eat Crab at TPC Harding Park in January and February    

Come by the Cypress Grill at TPC Harding Park for all-you-can-eat Dungeness crab, January 10 and February 14, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  $45 per person.  Dinner includes thyme-roasted potatoes, salad bar, clam chowder, fresh fruit and desserts.  Call (415) 664-4690, ext. 115, for more information or to book your reservation today.

Young People's Teen Musical Theatre Company Celebrates 30th Anniversary in 2015

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Thursday, January 1, 2015

NatureBridge winter and spring family offerings


NatureBridge is located in the Marin Headlands and Yosemite. They have several family programs in the next few months at their Headlands' Center. Take a look here. The Oceans Aglow night hike to Rodeo Beach to look for bioluminescent plankton sounds fun!

Happy New Year! Bay Nature activities for early 2015

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From Big Basin to Point Reyes

January 1, 2015

Happy New Year! On this first day of the year, let's take some time to relax, reflect, and refresh. Doesn't a vigorous hike sound good? We've included a half-day hoofer that circles Mount Diablo. And if you missed last year's San Francisco's Fungus Fair, there's another one right around the corner, in Point Reyes, to help you learn about the winter season's bountiful fungi.

Don't miss our New Year's issue!The January-March 2015 issue of Bay Nature features the elegant seaweeds of artist Josie Iselin and a sea-to-summit trek on the San Mateo coast.Subscribe or renew by January 15th orgive it as a gift!
» This week's From the Field:
Jack Harrison, Wilderness Guide and Fly Fisherman

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Oasis on Mount Diablo

Perkins Canyon. Photo by Scott Hein.

Sat-Sun, January 3-4
10th Annual Point Reyes Fungus Fair
While we hide from the raindrops and wait for clear skies and another fungal explosion, mark your calendars for our upcoming BAMS/Pt. Reyes National Seashore Fungus Fair, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. We collect in West Marin on Saturday, Jan. 3rd, and usually have a huge turnout of locals to help gather. This year should be remarkable for both fungal abundance and diversity, so do join us for the fun with fungi.
10:00 AM - 4:00 pm, Point Reyes
Sat, January 3
Hike to Ocean View Summit
Escape the crowds on this 6-mile, 4.5-hour loop through shaded forest to a hilltop view of the coast at Big Basin Redwoods. Join docent Steve Stolper as we climb the Meteor Trail through the trees, gaining 600 feet before emerging at Ocean View Summit. After a relaxed lunch we descend back into the forest and return to headquarters. Bring at least one liter of water, lunch, snacks, and appropriate clothing. This hike runs rain or shine.
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Boulder Creek
Sat, January 10
Hike for Exercise and the Views
Hike through beautiful oak woodlands on this winter morning at the Rockville Trails Preserve with Solano Land Trust volunteer Jim Hanser. Get some exercise on the hills, appreciate great views of the surrounding valleys, and listen to the music of the birds and squirrels.
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Fairfield
Sat, January 10
Birding at the Palo Alto Baylands and Mt. View Shoreline
The wetlands, marshes and open waters at Palo Alto and Mountain View are among the richest bird habitats on San Francisco Bay. Levees and boardwalks overlooking the marshes, mud flats and open water makes these excellent sites to view the 60 to 80 bird species wintering in the South Bay. Ducks, shorebirds, waders, gulls, raptors and many more make this a most ideal birding experience. Rain will not cancel the trip, but we may stop birding at lunchtime if it's raining.
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Palo Alto
Sun, January 11
Circle the Mountain hike = STRENUOUS =
This classic loop provides views in all directions (even if the lowlands are socked in with tule fog) as we circle the park's namesake peak, Mt. Diablo (elev. 3849'), via Deer Flat, Murchio Gap, Prospector's Gap and Oak Knoll. We'll pass through sections that burned in the 2013 Morgan Fire. Allow 6.5 hours for this 8 mile hike with an elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. Steady relaxed pace with lunch break. Be prepared for poison oak and some mud.
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Clayton
Find more great hikes and events on the full Events Calendar. Or check out our latest articlesvideos, and Trailfinder parks and trails guide
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From the Field

Flyfishing guide Jack Harrison casting into the surf.Connecting with: Jack Harrison, Wilderness Guide, Adventure Out
A young wilderness instructor from Marin teaches us a few things about surviving in the wild, ocean fly-fishing, and connecting with nature.

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