Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association protecting our ocean wilderness through public stewardship






December Sanctuary Exploration


Sanctuary Explorations: Whale Watching
Saturday, January 17th, 9:00am-12:00pm

Witness the peak of the mighty gray whale migration on this naturalist led half-day cruise. We “join” their annual southbound migration through our marine sanctuaries as they travel from Arctic feeding grounds to Baja California breeding grounds. Learn about their natural history, the survival challenges posed by their roughly 6,000 mile southbound journey, and their recovery from near extinction. Discover the natural history and adaptations of the seabirds, porpoises, seals and sea lions we encounter.

WHERE: Half Moon Bay, CA
WHEN: Saturday, January 17th, 9:00am-12:00pm
COST: $50/person

Ages 8+; minors must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited. Registration Required!

Contact Sara Heintzelman to reserve a spot:
sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov or (415) 561-6622 x237

This event is part of the Sanctuary Explorations Series which provides monthly opportunities for you to connect with and experience your national marine sanctuaries. Join us for our upcoming programs!




Family Program December


Please join us for an exciting program of Plankton discovery at The Gulf of The Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Where: the Pier House,  The Gulf of The Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Building, Crissy Field

When:  Saturday, December 13

Time:  We have programs at 10 am and 100 pm that are 90 minutes in length

What will we be doing: 
* we will be fishing for plankton using special nets. 
* Using our projecting microscope we will be learning about the different types of animal and plant plankton that live in the bay
* Each participant will have their own microscope to continue discovering the wonderful world of plankton.
* We will finish our program on the beach by looking at tiny plastic pollution challenges in our ocean.

Cost: $10 per person - Please let me know what time slot you would like and RSVP to pwinch@farallones.org and feel free to contact me if you have any questions

Who should attend: Anyone is welcome, but families with children aged 6 to 12 would especially enjoy this event.

Marine phytoplankton



Sanctuary Events

For details on the Sanctuary Visitor Center programs, please see the Visitor Center webpage: http://www.farallones.org/education/visitor_center.php


To learn more about upcoming Sanctuary events, please visit the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Website.  




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