Special Events Archive

Virtual Sharktoberfest™ 2020

2020 Sharktoberfest poster

Celebrate the Annual Return of White Sharks

Our annual celebration of sharks is going virtual this year!

When: Saturday, September 26, 2020

Where: Streaming on YouTube Live

JOIN US, Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, and Shark Stewards, for an online celebration of sharks to raise awareness of the importance of elasmobranchs in our marine ecosystem, coinciding with the arrival of white sharks to the San Francisco area to feed on our abundant seal and sea lion populations. Tune in for fun and educational activities for adults and kids, shark art, shark science, shark films, shark conservation, and lots of great ukulele tunes! Free event. No registration necessary.

For more details visit: https://farallones.org/sharktoberfest/ Have questions? Contact Sara: sheintzelman@farallones.org

Your Invited!
Get into Your Sanctuary
July 31-August 2, 2020

We are excited to announce that this year's Get Into Your Sanctuary weekend is going virtual!

2020 Get into Your Sanctuary highlighting the farallon island

Join Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary naturalists for a virtual wildlife cruise through the sanctuary and out to the Farallon Islands!

When: Saturday, August 1

Where: Facebook Watch Party at www.facebook.com/NOAAOfficeofNationalMarineSanctuaries

Join us from July 31 to August 2 for a unique opportunity to experience all of NOAA's National Marine Sanctuary System from wherever you are. From taking an ocean safari to virtually diving through shipwrecks to learning how to cook sustainably from a professional chef, there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

For a full list of all programs, please visit: sanctuaries.noaa.gov/visit/giys.html

Get into Your Sanctuary photo contest, May 23-September 7

Categories: sanctuary views, sanctuary life, sanctuary recreation, & sanctuaries at home

For full contest details: sanctuaries.noaa.gov/photo-contest.html


Farallones Sanctuary Naturalist Course

Saturdays, February 8-March 28, 2020

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Are you interested in discovering the diverse and abundant marine life in Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary?

2020 Farallones Sanctuary Naturalist Course flyer

Class Schedule

February 8: Intro to Sanctuary Habitats, Oceanography & Food Webs

February 15: Sandy Beach

February 22: Bays & Estuaries Field Trip

February 29: Marine Mammals

March 7: Rocky Shore Field Trip

March 14: White Sharks & Other Fish

March 21: Seabirds & Shorebirds

March 28: Student Presentations & Potluck

Shark Lecture Only, March 14.

Classes will be held at Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Campus in San Francisco. Bays and Estuaries Field Trip will take place near Bolinas on Marin County Coast. Rocky Shore Field Trip will take place near Montara on the San Mateo County Coast.

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Celebrate the Annual Return of White Sharks at SHARKTOBERFEST!

September 28, 2019

collage of images: woman painting a shark, a kid playing with a shark replica, people dressed up as sharks and as a seal and shark cartilage and models on a table

Enjoy shark science, shark experts, shark art, shark films, shark conservation, food and live music!

2019 sharktoberfest poster with a couple of sharks swimming the information posted on this pages

Event Schedule- Main Event Free!!

11am: All art & science activity stations open, food truck & refreshments available.
11am-1pm: Live Music - Ukulele Friends
11:30am: Special Programs (see below)
1pm: Ocean Life Parade & Costume Contest
2pm-4pm: Live Music - Heather Combs & Max Delaney
2pm: Special Programs (see below)
4pm: Event closes


Build a Shark: 11:30am and 2pm

Participants "design-build" a life-size white shark model piece by piece, discovering how each organ and sense of this awesome creature functions. By handling teeth and skin artifacts, and viewing a short documentary on our Farallones sharks, they'll learn how their 400-million-year-old design still works to make them formidable top predators. Best for children ages 4-10 and their families

Shark Talk: 11:30am and 2pm

Sharks: Fearful or Fascinating? Join shark expert David McGuire, of Shark Stewards, for a short film and talk on shark behavior and human interactions. Best for adults, children 10+ welcome.

Space is limited for the special programs, registration required!   
To register, contact Sara:  sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov or 415-530-5366

Event Location:
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center
991 Marine Drive, The Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129


collage of images: view of the predidio with booths setup and the golden gate bridge in the background, two kids looking inside a mobile aquarium, kids looking at a shark model and a dog wearing a shark fin costume
Poster with details on get into your sanctuary events

You’re Invited!
Get into Your Sanctuary
August 2-4, 2019

Friday, August 2

Kent Island Restoration: Bolinas, CA

Roll up your sleeves and help restore Kent Island to its natural beauty by removing non-native plants. Meet at the Bolinas dock on Wharf road in downtown Bolinas just past the Bolinas museum. Wear shoes/boots that you do not mind getting wet and muddy, and leave the rest to us! All gloves, equipment and water are provided, just bring your water bottle. Snack provided!

For more information or to sign up please contact: Kate, kbimrose@farallones.org

Saturday, August 3

Octolab Family Workshops: Greater Farallones Campus, San Francisco, CA

Join us for Octo Lab! Participants will discover one of the ocean's most intelligent invertebrates - the octopus! Teams will measure, weigh, study, touch, examine, and squish their way through the lab using their own defrosted octopus specimen Participants will also get to compare octopus to their closest relatives - squid and cuttlefish! As the grand finale, we will create octopus stop motion videos as well as octopus prints for you to take home as keepsakes.

Sunday, August 4

Sanctuary Explorations: Farallon Islands & Whale Watching Trip, San Francisco, CA

Get into your sanctuary with Greater Farallones naturalists and the Oceanic Society for a day-long adventure into the waters of the sanctuary. Traveling under the Golden Gate Bridge we will journey 27 miles offshore to the intriguing Farallon Islands and, seas permitting, beyond! While underway we will search for humpback and blue whales, seabirds such as the Tufted Puffin and Common Murre, seals, sea lions, porpoises, jellies and other ocean wildlife!

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday August 2-4

Virtual Reality Dives, Greater Farallones Visitor Center

Stop by the Greater Farallones Visitor Center to take a virtual reality dive into the sanctuaries!

Join one of our Get into Your Sanctuary partners to explore your sanctuary:

Join Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and enjoy a Seal Observation Station at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (Half Moon Bay, CA)- onsite docents will allow visitors of all ages to explore this unique and biologically rich environment.

Join Oceanic Society or San Francisco Whale Tours for an all-day whale watching expedition into the water of Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Plan a paddle in Tomales Bay or the Russian river estuary in Jenner with Point Reyes Outdoors (Point Reyes) or Watertreks Eco Tours (Jenner).