The North Coast Nature Journal Club will be visiting the critically endangered tidal marshes of San Pablo Bay, enjoying the beauty and using our journaling as a tool for citizen science. We will begin the day early and watch as the low tide comes in and the composition of waterfowl changes in this awesome avian habitat. Then join us for a potluck!
Explore the shores of Oakland’s Lake Merritt with marine biologist Andrew Cohen of the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) and the Center for Research on Aquatic Bioinvasions (CRAB) on this "Critter Walk". Dr. Cohen is an expert on the aquatic life of San Francisco Bay and how it has changed over the years. He directs The Exotics Guide online and studies new invasions in the Bay…
CCNH is joining Marley Peifer and his North Coast nature journaling club for this adventure! We’ll look for 500 pound tule elk thrashing coyote brush with their giant antlers and listen for the otherworldly bugling of more elk in the distance. We will be surrounded by biodiverse coastal prairie, a vast view of the ocean, and scenic coves and cliffs.
Join us for a guided workshop on Santa Catalina Island, the largest of California’s southern Channel Islands, with the Wildlife Society. Dive into the island’s natural history, conservation efforts, and cultural prehistory. You’ll have an opportunity to explore within the wild-urban interface of Avalon, while engaging in citizen science.
Spend the evening with Bay Nature magazine editors and the California Center for Natural History looking for life in the surprisingly rich world of the Jack London Square public docks!
Get your Mother’s Day weekend off to a great start with a stroll among the spring flowers at Fernandez Ranch! We’ll explore the current bloom and discuss both native flowers and their pollinator partners such as bees, beetles, flies and more.
Come explore Springtown Preserve in Livermore with Golden Hour Restoration Institute and the California Center for Natural History. We'll walk through the preserve looking at plants and then learn about monitoring methods from Lech Naumovich from Golden Hour. RSVP required.
Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland is the jewel of the city and teeming with life. During this event come learn about the thousands of organisms that call this place home and help document them as part of the City Nature Challenge …
Please join us for the first California Ecosystem Restoration Council to share knowledge, experiences, concerns, and hopes. Ecologists, agency representatives, permaculturists, indigenous leaders, farmers, educators, and concerned citizens will join to co-create a vision for the future of California based on working with nature.
Register at ecosystemrestoration.brownpapertickets.com
Take a short walk to see mating newts, followed by nature-themed trivia at the Grizzly Bar and Grill. Food and drink will be available for purchase at the grill. Dress warmly and bring a headlamp or flashlight. Amphibian amplexus, spermatophores, and nuptial pads await! Adults 18+.
We suggest a $20 donation per person, no one turned away for lack of funds.
CCNH naturalist Angela Pai will give a talk on California native ferns for San Pablo Neighbors Education and Restoration Society (SPAWNERS ) covering ecology, basic identification, and common ferns in the area. Join SPAWNERS for this fascinating look at local ferns.
In November we will hike back out to Tomales Point for a second chance or a double dose of the Tule Elk! There should still be some of the mating season behavior at this time of year and we will get an opportunity to document it in our journals.
Can’t make it to our October night hike? We’ve got your back with a second walk on Friday, November 2nd! Come on a naturalist-led hike through Joaquin Miller where we'll look for the many spiders inhabiting the park. We'll be armed with UV flashlights and look for fluorescing scorpions, and we’ll be looking and listening for bats!
Face your arachnophobia or bathe in your arachnophilia on Friday, October 26th! Come on a naturalist-led walk into Joaquin Miller Park where we'll look for the many spiders inhabiting the park. We'll be armed with UV flashlights and look for fluorescing scorpions, and we’ll be looking and listening for bats!
Come help generate a community based species survey (Bioblitz) of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. This is a weekend long, park-wide BioBlitz centered around National Public Lands Day. It will be a great opportunity to connect to these parks through community science. On Saturday September 22nd park entrance will be free as part of a nationwide celebration of our public lands. ..
It seems like ticks have been in the news more than ever! Come and be amazed at how ticks live, from their life cycles to how to avoid their bites. You’ll also hear about the fascinating ways ticks intersect with ecology, microbiology, and even conspiracy theories.
In June, the North Coast Nature Journal Club will head to South Salmon Creek Beach! This is a very fun location to observe coastal sand dunes, wetlands, waterbirds, and to explore animal tracks including a resident family of red foxes!
Learn tracking and bird language with Marley Peifer and the Laguna Foundation!
Join Angela Pai and Damon Tighe for an intimate evening of seeing one of the rarest and most beautiful wildflowers in California as the sun goes down. Then stay after sunset to see what moths also inhabit this wonderful serpentine landscape.
A tough creature to find, Liam’s got a sure spot for this. We’ll also be strolling through
one of the better Serpentine communities of the Bay. Wacky plant madness! A botanical mosh pit for the eyes!
In the month of May, the North Coast Nature Journal club will be heading into the beautiful wooded hills east of Santa Rosa with sketchbooks and watercolors!
Discover the fascinating world of beneficial insects as they thrive in Oaktown’s Native Plant Nursery!
On Saturday, April 28th, Join CCNH Naturalist and iNaturalist Outreach and Community Coordinator Tony Iwane for a hike into Mitchell Canyon on Mt. Diablo one of the Bay Area's true biodiversity hotspots. We'll be on the lookout for some organisms that are unique to Mt. Diablo, like the Mt. Diablo Fairy-Lantern...
Lake Merritt in the heart of Oakland is the jewel of the city and teeming with life. During this event come learn about the thousands of organisms that call this place home and help document them as part of the City Nature Challenge. Local naturalists will be on hand to help you