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Sanctuary Explorations

Bioluminescence Kayak Trip Saturday July 23rd from 7 PM - 11 PM

Join Greater Farallones sanctuary naturalists and Pt. Reyes Outdoors to experience the eerie phenomenon of bioluminescence in the sheltered waters of Tomales Bay. At twilight we’ll launch our kayaks and paddle to a quiet beach to enjoy a dessert picnic and warm beverages. Then, setting out again in the deepening dark, we’ll watch as tiny plankton, called dinoflagellates, create their bioluminescent magic. Ripples from our paddles and wakes, from darting fish, and even seals will ignite flashes of cool green fire against the dark waters.

Cost is $100 per person. Contact Sara Heintzelmanat sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov or (415) 561-6622 x306 to reserve a spot. Ages 16+; minors must be accompanied by an adult. 



GFA Whale & Wildlife Watch

Whale & Wildlife Watch Trips departing from Pier 39, San Francisco on July 24th and October 26th

The Greater Farallones Association (GFA) invites you, your family, and friends to join us for an adventure filled day exploring the rich habitat that is Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary aboard the Kitty Kat with Captain Nazar. Each trip offers a unique variety of wildlife to view and will include an expert naturalist, food, beverages and a GFA gift. All proceeds will benefit the Association and the Sanctuary's science and education programs.

Tickets are $225 ($150 for members).  Contact Rachel Rhodes at rrhodes@farallones.org or (415) 561-6625 x 315 to reserve a spot. 



Family Programs

Family Program: Discover Plankton
Saturday, June 18 at the Visitor Center 10 AM and 1 PM (90 min) 

Join us for an exciting exploration of the weird and wonderful world of plankton in the waters just off Crissy Field. Be dazzled by diatoms, dinoflagellates and copepods. Discover bizarre larvae from barnacles, crabs and mussels. Participants get their own samples and use their own microscopes. This class is recommended for 4-10 year old ocean enthusiasts and their favorite adults! 
Contact Mark Oates at mark.oates@noaa.gov to reserve.


Family Program: Fish For Crabs
Sunday, June 26 at the Visitor Center 10 AM and 1 PM (90 min) 

Attention all creative crustaceans! Get your claws and carapaces ready for a family event devoted to crabs! Look and touch real live shore crabs and sand crabs. Go on a crab search, led by our staff naturalist. Use crab traps to fish for rock and Dungeness crabs off of our classroom pier. Learn about crab anatomy with our crab dress-up costume. 
Contact Courtney Buel at courtney.buel@noaa.gov to register.


Additional Sanctuary Events


For details on the Sanctuary Visitor Center programs visit the Visitor Center webpage


To learn more about upcoming Sanctuary events, please visit the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Website


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