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WildCare Family Adventures

Enjoy a FREE 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 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. There is limited space for each program!
YOU MUST RSVP IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!! Contact Marco (415) 453 1000 ext. 17 or marco@wildcarebayarea.org to RSVP, for more information, or to reserve space on our free shuttle service from the Canal area of San Rafael.

WildCare strongly encourages carpooling.

WildCare Aventuras Familiares-- Pulse aquí para obtener información en español

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China Camp. photo by Kaity Farrell
Photo by Kaity Farrell


Hike to China Camp Point Picnic Area

Saturday, November 21, 2015 from 10:00am-12:30pm

 We will hike the Shoreline Trail from Miwok Meadows to enjoy the area’s wildlife and view of San Pablo Bay. Along the way, we will look for signs of wild turkeys, deer, woodpeckers and an abundance of flora. We will end up at China Camp Point to explore the museum, the shore, and the sand, and have lunch at China Camp Point Picnic Area.

Please note: this is a shuttle hike, which means you will have to double back to return to our start point at Miwok Meadows or arrange for someone to drive you from the end point at China Camp Point.
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101, exit at N. San Pedro Rd and head east for approximately 3 miles. You will see the Miwok Meadows sign on your right (this will be the third trailhead that you pass). We will meet at the gate.

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Boy with binoculars. Photo by Jen Maiser
Photo by Jen Maiser


Family and Youth Winter Bird Count

Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 10:00am-12:30pm

WildCare Family Adventures and Richardson Bay Audubon team up for this annual favorite at Pickleweed Park. Groups will work together to spot as many birds of various species as they can, tallying up the results. In previous years, groups have spotted a Burrowing Owl, Osprey, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Northern Harrier, Widgeon, and many more!  Spotting scopes and binoculars will be provided and refreshments will be served.
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101, exit at Bellam Blvd and head east.  Turn left onto Kerner Blvd and right onto Canal St.  We will meet at Albert J. Boro Community Center, 50 Canal St, San Rafael.

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Waterfall. Photo by Alison Hermance
Photo by Alison Hermance


Nature for Kids: Exploring Indian Valley

Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10:00am-1:00pm

 We will join up with amazing interpretive naturalists, David Herlocker and Shannon Burke from Marin County Parks, for a day of nature exploration and education.  We’ll look for winter-active wildlife, including frogs, toads, and salamanders.

The creek should be full, so we will follow it up the canyon and have lunch by a beautiful waterfall. Remember to bring lunch. We request that no pets (except service animals) attend. Rain may cancel the event. In case of questionable weather, call (415) 893-9527 after 8am on the morning of the event to hear a recorded message if cancelled.
DIRECTIONS: From Hwy 101, exit at Ignacio Blvd/Bel Marin Keys Blvd and head west on Ignacio Blvd for approximately 2.5 miles, all the way through campus. We will meet in Lot 6 (adjacent to the police station) in the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, 1800 Ignacio Blvd, Novato.


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