Oakland EarthEXPO
Apr
6
10:00 am10:00

Oakland EarthEXPO

  • Frank H. Ogawa Plaza

EarthEXPO is a free annual environmental fair hosted by the City of Oakland Public Works Department. The fair highlights transportation, environmental health, waste reduction, water, energy, urban design, nature and community themes. 

Bioblitz of El Portal near Yosemite
Apr
8
8:30 am08:30

Bioblitz of El Portal near Yosemite

  • 9753 Incline Road El Portal, CA, 95318 United States

The town of El Portal sits just outside the western gate of Yosemite along the Merced River inside a deep carved valley. Due to its proximity to one of the most used National Parks in the world there is a lot of pressure to develop the area and surprisingly few studies have been done on what organisms live in the area. Come help in a community generated species survey of approximately 2 miles along the Merced River...

Seaweed Wildtending Adventure
Apr
28
Apr 30

Seaweed Wildtending Adventure

  • Van Damme State Park

The rocky shoreline of Mendocino county boasts some of the greatest diversity of marine algae in North America. Although millions of years old some of these species have witnessed radical changes.

Join us for a three day camping and wildtending workshop. Registration is required.


Bioblitz of threatened Amador Canal - Spring version
Mar
25
9:30 am09:30

Bioblitz of threatened Amador Canal - Spring version

  • Paloma Pollinators

Come help generate a community based species survey (Bioblitz) of the historical and threatened Amador Canal just a few miles outside of Jackson, California. This 130+ year old unlined canal in the heart of the Gold Country runs 8 miles from Lake Tabeaud to Tanner Reservoir and an entire diverse middle Sierra Foothills ecosystem has developed around it which is in jeopardy as water authorities look to close the canal. This is also the watershed that feeds into EBMUD, so if you're from the East Bay and always wondered where you water comes from, this is your chance! ...

In Search of an Elusive Butterfly: the San Bruno Elfin
Mar
18
11:00 am11:00

In Search of an Elusive Butterfly: the San Bruno Elfin

  • San Bruno Mountain State Park: Meet @ Radio Tower Summit parking lot

Federally Listed as Endangered in 1976, the San Bruno Elfin (Callophrys mossii bayensis) is a nickel-sized, Burmese brown denizen of the top-most, rock outcrops of San Bruno. This butterfly doesn't live much beyond this niche habitat on the mountain!  There may be other "Harbingers of Spring" around as well, such as the Coastal Green Hairstreaks & Brown Elfins.
 

An Aquatic Evening: Newts and trivia!
Feb
12
4:00 pm16:00

An Aquatic Evening: Newts and trivia!

  • Tilden Golf Course

California Center for Natural History and East Bay Regional Parks are teaming up to bring you a Valentine’s Day treat - nature walk meets happy hour! Come for an evening tour of Wildcat Creek’s amorous amphibians, then mingle with fellow nature lovers at the Grizzly Bar and Grill (open late just for the occasion) while enjoying drinks and nature trivia!

It's a Valentine-themed walk to remember... amphibian amplexus, spermatophores, and nuptial pads await. Meet at the Tilden Golf Course. Adults 21+.

 

Tilden Fungal Fair
Jan
29
4:30 pm16:30

Tilden Fungal Fair

  • Tilden Environmental Education Center

Winter rains make the East Bay hills come alive with mushrooms! View local mushroom specimens, enjoy a presentation on fungi, and peruse our favorite guidebooks at this mini-fungus fair.

This is a FREE event! 

 

Redwood Creek Coho Walk
Jan
22
11:00 am11:00

Redwood Creek Coho Walk

  • Muir Beach parking lot

107 endangered sexually mature Coho salmon were recently released into Redwood Creek. Come see what happened next and learn about their natural and cultural history with Naturalist Nik Bertulis. Explore this aquatic wonderland and help us unravel the next chapter of this genetically unique population.

MicroBioblitz: Lake Merritt
Jan
18
6:00 pm18:00

MicroBioblitz: Lake Merritt

  • Rotary Nature Center

Come explore the microworld of the microcosm that is Lake Merritt in Downtown Oakland with Damon Tighe. The majority of the biological world lives at scales that we can not perceive but with the aid of magnification we can peer into this world...

Open House @ Manylabs!
Jan
12
6:30 pm18:30

Open House @ Manylabs!

  • Manylabs

Manylabs open house in San Francisco! Come to meet new folks doing awesome things, and learn about the open-source science projects happening at Manylabs.

Mushrooms at Fernandez Ranch
Dec
11
10:30 am10:30

Mushrooms at Fernandez Ranch

  • Fernandez Ranch

Come explore the rolling hills of Fernandez Ranch in north Contra Costa County. We’ll look for chanterelles, boletes, and a variety of visually stunning fungi. Damon Tighe, a local amateur mycologist will help find and identify what’s popping and discuss the role of fungi in the ecosystem.

 

 

Pop-up Aquarium at Jack London Square
Nov
26
2:00 pm14:00

Pop-up Aquarium at Jack London Square

  • Near flagpole by Scott's Seafood Restaurant

Did you know every floating dock is like an upside-down coral reef? They’re teeming with marine life like sponges, tunicates, worms, crabs, and even sea spiders and nudibranchs.

Green Friday! Birdwatching for Beginners at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
Nov
25
9:00 am09:00

Green Friday! Birdwatching for Beginners at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

  • Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Turn Black Friday into Green Friday!

Forget the hassle of shopping and spend a fun and relaxing two hours watching the migrating birds of San Francisco Bay! Meet us at Oakland's beautiful Middle Harbor Shoreline Park for a walk along the shore and learn the basics of birdwatching, bird identification, and the amazing adaptations of these avians in an easy-going setting.

Cell Phone Macro Photography at Marin City Library for 6th-12th graders
Nov
19
1:00 pm13:00

Cell Phone Macro Photography at Marin City Library for 6th-12th graders

  • marin city library

Have you ever wanted to learn how to shoot close-up (macro) photography but don't have a fancy camera? Come join Tony Iwane from the California Center for Natural History who will teach you how to use your cellphone’s camera with some basic lenses to do amazing macro photography of insects.

Night Hikes at Joaquin Miller Park - October 28th and 31st!
Oct
28
8:00 pm20:00

Night Hikes at Joaquin Miller Park - October 28th and 31st!

  • Joaquin Miller Park

Join naturalists from the California Center for Natural History on a creepy-crawly night hike at Joaquin Miller Park in the Oakland hills. We’ll find spiders, moths, and night-dwelling creatures that glow under UV light.  Bring your headlamp, drinking water, warm layers, and sturdy hiking shoes. Please no pets on this walk!

Birding at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
Oct
22
9:00 am09:00

Birding at Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

  • Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

Over one million migrating birds make their way to San Francisco Bay during fall and winter migrations, so it's the perfect time to check then out and learn the basics of birdwatching at this jewel of a park in Oakland!

San Francisco: Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, book talk and author signing!
Sep
10
5:00 pm17:00

San Francisco: Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, book talk and author signing!

  • Manylabs

It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends! Christian Schwarz, author of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, will talk about this comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border.

Larkspur: Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, book talk and author signing!
Sep
10
11:00 am11:00

Larkspur: Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, book talk and author signing!

  • Diesel, A Bookstore (Larkspur)

It’s nearly mushroom season, and this book will help you get started on identifying some fungal friends! Christian Schwarz, author of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, will talk about this comprehensive and user-friendly field guide for identifying the many mushrooms of the northern California coast, from Monterey County to the Oregon border.

Bioblitz of threatened Amador Canal
Sep
3
9:30 am09:30

Bioblitz of threatened Amador Canal

  • Paloma Pollinators

Come help generate a community based species survey (Bioblitz) of the historical and threatened Amador Canal just a few miles outside of Jackson, California. This 130+ year old unlined canal runs 8 miles from Lake Tabeaud to...