Events & Meetings: Interpretive Activities

Refuge Winter Volunteer Orientation

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, January 7, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 4, 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 in Alviso 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. Volunteers must attend an orientation and scheduled trainings, and meet age requirements. For more information on days and hours and specific requirements for each volunteer area, or other questions, contact Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104 or julie.kahrnoff@sfbws.com.


Drawbridge: A History Revealed

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Auditorium at the Top of the Hill, Fremont

  • Saturday, January 14, 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 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 people scrabbling out a living? How long did it exist? Find out at this slideshow program led by Ceal Craig. Program will be of most interest to adults interested in history or nature. Note: This program does not include the Drawbridge van tour. RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED. For the Alviso event, register at: https://dbwinter.eventbrite.com. For the Fremont event, register at http://drawbridgefremont.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Julie at 408-262-5513 ext.104.


A Change in the Tide

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, December 17, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Take a walk around the refuge and explore the different habitats that line the San Francisco Bay. Develop a greater understanding of why these habitats are here, how they’ve changed over time, and what is being done to protect them today. There will be opportunities for wildlife viewing, as winter is the prime time for waterfowl and shorebirds. This will be a 1.0-mile walk on flat terrain and boardwalk. Binoculars and/or camera are welcome. Led by Hope Presley. Register at http://changetides.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.


Tiny Drifters

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, January 7, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

There’s plankton in our Bay! Learn about the different characteristics of plankton and how they have adapted to survive. We will become planktologists for a day, collect water samples and identify these incredible organisms under a microscope! All ages are welcome. Register at Register at https://eectinydrift.eventbrite.com.


Hike the Mallard Slough Trail

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, January 21, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Look for birds, mammals, and animal tracks as we explore along the water’s edge on this 3.7- mile nature walk. Bring binoculars and your favorite field guide to help enjoy the views. Have at least one liter of water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. This hike runs rain or shine. Led by Steve Stolper. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Go to: hikeeectrail.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Julie at 408-262-5513 ext.104.

Pacific Flyway

SF2 Trail, Ravenswood Ponds, Menlo Park

  • Saturday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 4, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Our wetlands are an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route. Stroll with docent Laurel Stell to learn why birds migrate, why they stop along the San Francisco Bay, and to spot the birds in action. Trail is easy and level. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Go to https://pacificflyway.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Julie at 408-262-5513 ext. 104.

Wetlands Walking Tour

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, January 28, 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, depicting the life and death struggles of our marsh inhabitants. Open to all ages, but best suited for ages 7 and up. Register at http://eecwetlandstour.eventbrite.com. Questions? Call Julie at 408-262-5513 ext.104.