Bay Nature’s 2023 Holiday Activity Guide


Wintertime in the San Francisco Bay Area uses peaceful thrills, from reflective walkings on less congested routes to ocean strolls dotted with moving shorebirds foraging in the browse. Check out the seasonal marvels of our parks, bays, and shoreline– and revitalize your spirit– with the assistance of Bay Nature’s 2023 Holiday Guide!

Explore the Bay & & Coast

Peer Into a Tidepool

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Curious about the small fantastical animals that occupy our seaside tidepools? Here’s an excellent guide to this miniature universe. Moonglow polyps, periwinkles, and remarkably colored sea slugs await you!

Meet Deep-Diving Rockstars

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Spend a couple of hours learning more about the loud and gigantic marine mammals that get here on our coasts each winter season: the extraordinary elephant seals of Año Nuevo State Reserve.

Find Whales In The New Year

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A year-round whale ‘calendar’ drawn by biologist John Muir Laws assists you discover the whales that visit our coast and Bay, and ID them!

A Sponsored Message from the Marine Mammal Center

The Marine Mammal Center Adopt-a-Seal® is a best present for the animal enthusiast in your life. Each symbolic adoption consists of the animal’s picture and story from rescue to launch. Include a luxurious to produce a distinct ocean-friendly present that returns to this Marin-based not-for-profit. Discover lots of seals, sea lions, and otters to symbolically embrace today.

Adventure Close to Home

Take a Different Path

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The Chimney Rock path at Point Reyes National Seashore. (Joe Vare by means of Flickr, CC-BY-ND)

A totally free manual– and a yearly Trails Challenge– welcome you to get outdoors and check out a few of the 93 various routes in the huge East Bay Regional Park District, consisting of lots of available routes. Attempt a brand-new path you’ve never ever taken in the past!

Venture even more afield: Take a long walk in the wilds of the Ohlone Regional Wilderness, in the Diablo Range.

Explore a New Open Space Jewel

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( Tule elk bulls. Derek Neumann, thanks to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority)

Máyyan ‘Ooyákma– Coyote Ridge Open Space Preserve, a prime meadow environment simply south of San José, is now available to the general public. Take a five-mile loop path through this 1800-acre biodiversity hotspot, home to 13 threatened or threatened types, consisting of the Bay checkerspot butterfly.

Go on Walkabout

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( Photo courtesy Marin County Parks)

Follow the steps of author and biologist Jules Evens, who treked every inch of path in Point Reyes National Seashore to commemorate the park on its 50th birthday.

Renew the Spirit: How to turn a day trek into a corrective spiritual journey.

Give the Gift of Adventure

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A Sponsored Message from the Lake Tahoe Adventure Company

This holiday, provide distinct experiences and lasting memories with theGift of Adventure Present certificates are the best surprise for the experience applicants in your life. Our year-round outside activities are a terrific method to experience all that Lake Tahoe needs to use. Contact us at or 530-913-9212.

Get Muddy!

ID Winter Fungi

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Fly agaric mushroom (Tiffany Theden by means of iNaturalist CC BY-NC 4.0)

From the whimsical to the macabre to the totally strange, there’s an incredible amount of diversity in the shape, size, and color of Bay Area lichens and fungis. With 1,700 types in all, here are a few of the most appealing to assist direct you on your fungal ventures.

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Get Your Hands Dirty: A guide to winter season volunteer stewardship chances around the Bay Area, from constructing a brand-new park to bring back a creek to assisting control wildfire threats

The Garden of D’Lights

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A Sponsored Message from the Ruth Bancroft Garden Center

Garden of D’Lights is back at the Ruth Bancroft Garden in Walnut Creek! Check out the Garden during the night lit up by lights, lasers, and brand-new illuminated sculptures. This occasion is joyful enjoyable for the entire household– consisting of family pets on leashes! Tickets are on sale now.

For more concepts on getting outdoors, take a look at the Exploration section of Bay Nature’s site, or search our events calendar, including enjoyable outside activities and webinars throughout the Bay Area!


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