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WildCare Family Adventures

Enjoy a day of discovery and learning out in nature with the family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun family outings with the objective of deepening our commitment to taking care of our planet.

To achieve this, WildCare’s Family Adventures groups will be visiting some sites that work to preserve wildlife and our natural environment. Whenever possible, family nature hikes will be incorporated into each adventure to enjoy the local flora and fauna. 

These programs are in English and Spanish, and free to the public. WildCare strongly encourages carpooling. Contact Marco by calling (415) 453 1000 ext. 17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org for more information or to reserve space on our free shuttle service from the Canal area of San Rafael.

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Waterfall. Photo by Alison Hermance
Photo by Alison Hermance

Family Hike to Fairway Falls

Saturday, Feb 28, 2015

10am - 12:30pm

WildCare Family Adventures will visit Fairway Waterfalls in Novato, part of  the Ignacio Valley Open Space Preserve.

Marin's waterfalls are some of the county's hidden treasures, and are best appreciated when they're running full force in winter and spring.

The Fairway Waterfalls, also known as Arroyo de San Jose Waterfalls, boast some beautiful creeks, and the easy hike ends at the falls. Along the way, we will look for signs of  the flora and fauna that inhabit this habitat.

Directions: Highway 101 to the Ignacio Boulevard exit and head west on Ignacio Boulevard. Turn left onto Fairway Drive and follow Fairway until you get to the end of the road. Parking is along the road

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Lake Lagunitas. Photo by David Taylor
Photo by David Taylor

Circling Beautiful Lake Lagunitas

Saturday,  March 21, 2015

10am - 12:30pm

Enjoy a day of nature exploration and environmental education as we walk around Lake Lagunitas. This is one of the prettiest walks in Marin, with lots of wildlife to see and hear.  

We will look for signs of Bald Eagles, Brandt’s Cormorant, River Otters, Western Pond Turtles,  Piliated Woodpeckers, and much more.

Lake Lagunitas is a reservoir on Lagunitas Creek in Marin County. It is one of seven reservoirs providing potable water to the Marin Municipal Water District. It is the oldest and smallest lake in the Mount Tamalpais watershed.

Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake. Drive about 5 miles west on Sir Francis Drake to Fairfax. Turn left on Pastori, make the first right onto Broadway, and then drive a few blocks and turn left onto Bolinas. Drive about 1.5 miles and turn left onto Sky Oaks Road (signed to Lake Lagunitas). Drive to the end of the paved road, following the signs to Lake Lagunitas. If possible, park near the pit toilets.

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Creekside park cleanup. Photo from blog.marincountyparks.org
Photo from blog.marincountyparks.org

Earth Day at Hal Brown Park in Greenbrae

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10am - 12:30pm

 In celebration of Earth Day, we will be joining Marin County Parks ranger Kirk Schroeder in some beautification and restoration around the Creekside Marsh and Corte Madera Creek in Hal Brown Park, followed by an easy walk around the creek. 

This is a great spot for seeing a variety of birds, while helping the earth..

Directions: From 101 Take Sir Francis Drake Blvd toward San Anselmo. Turn onto Bon Air Road. We will meet at the pedestrian bridge across from Marin General Hospital.

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Northern Spotted Owl. Photo by Alice Kong
Photo by Alice Kong


Let’s Celebrate Migratory Birds at Muir Woods!

Saturday, May 9, 2015

10am - 12:30pm

 Stroll around Redwood Creek in search of migratory birds such as Wilson’s Warblers and Violet-green Swallows, or just enjoy the majestic redwoods.

After our hike, we will join the Muir Woods’ Annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration with family activities designed to explore the wonderful world of migratory birds.

Sequoia, WildCare’s Northern Spotted Owl is due to make an appearance to teach us how crucial it is to preserve the old growth redwoods.

Parking is very limited, we encourage taking the Muir Woods shuttle service. WildCare also provides a shuttle from the Canal area of San Rafael. Meet at main parking lot at 10 AM.

Directions: Take Highway 101 South, take the Stinson Beach/Mill Valley Exit, Follow the signs to Highway 1, and Follow the signs to Muir Woods 

Programs offered in collaboration with the Canal Alliance, San Rafael, CA. Visit them online at www.canalalliance.org.


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