Events & Meetings: Interpretive Activities

Wetlands Walking Tour - Alviso

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, August 26, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Our refuge consists of salt marshes, salt ponds, tidal and non-tidal sloughs. How do humans and wildlife depend on our wetlands? Come enjoy a 0.5 mile walk through the wetlands, while be depict the life and death struggles of our marsh inhabitants. Open to all ages but best suited for ages 7 and up. Register at

Volunteer Orientations - Alviso

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, July 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 11, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 8, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the refuge's volunteer program is for you! As a volunteer, you'll receive on-the-job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose. Project areas are restoration projects, information desk on weekends, interpretive programs, school field trips, and citizen science/community service. To become a volunteer for one of the project areas listed above at the Alviso location, you must attend a volunteer orientation, attend the scheduled trainings, and meet the age requirements for the program. For more information, contact Hope Presley at

Drawbridge Van Excursion

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, July 8, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 12, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

An abandoned town in the San Francisco Bay? That’s right! Nestled on an island in the salt marshes of South San Francisco Bay, the town of Drawbridge once boomed. Was it a quiet, peaceful town full of nature lovers, or a rip-roaring town full of two-fisted rowdies? Find out at this program led by Ceal Craig. We’ll start with a slideshow, and then take a short van excursion to view Drawbridge across Coyote Creek. Program will be of most interest to adults interested in history or nature; children 13 and over with an adult are welcome. Space is very limited. Van tour is subject to cancellation if conditions are too wet to drive on the levees. Questions? Call Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104. (Note: we do not visit the town itself – we go to the closest spot that one can legally view Drawbridge.) Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Go to

Treat Your Inner Kid to a Morning Outside

Eden Landing, Hayward/Union City

  • Saturday, July 8, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

It’s Be A Kid Again Day and the best way to relive your treasured childhood memories is by spending some time in nature with your hands in the dirt! Come out this Saturday and help us improve wetland habitat by removing invasive species and caring for native seedlings that were planted over winter. Register here.

Why Tides Matter - Alviso

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, August 12, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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 0.5-mile walk. All are welcome. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register at

Alviso Slough Cleanup - Alviso

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Tuesday, August 29, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Check website listed below for additional dates

Love to kayak? Love to clean up the environment? Why not combine the two and partner with Slough Keepers as they clean up Alviso Slough. Bring a kayak out to the upper lot’s launch ramp at the Alviso Marina and be prepared to paddle through the slough and some reeds to clean up our neighborhood waters. Due to the reeds, this is recommended for those who have some kayaking experience. Slough Keepers will provide garbage bags and even some garbage barges. To sign up, contact Eric Norris at and visit for more information. Space is limited to 25 kayakers. More dates are available at