Special Events

Farallones Sanctuary Naturalist Course

Saturdays, January 26-March 9, 2019

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

2019 Farallones Sanctuary Naturalist Course flyer

Join sanctuary staff on field explorations, in citizen science initiatives, and to learn about the latest marine research. Hands-on dissections, plankton trawling, and wildlife investigations are all part of the curriculum. Delve into the world of oceanography and food webs, sanctuary habitats from the deep sea to the rocky shore, marine mammals, sharks and other fish, invertebrates, seabirds, and shorebirds. Earn your Sanctuary Naturalist Course certificate* by attending all sessions and volunteering a minimum of 15 hours.

*optional, not required to attend course.

Class Schedule

January 26: Intro to Sanctuary Habitats, Oceanography & Food Webs, 9:30am-12:30pm

February 2: Marine Mammals, 9:30am-12:30pm

February 9: Sandy Beach, 9:30am-12:30pm

February 16: Rocky Shore Field Trip, 11am-3pm (Please not irregular time)

February 23: White Sharks & Other Fish, 9:30am-12:30pm

March 2: Seabirds & Shorebirds, 9:30am-12:30pm

March 9: Estuaries & Interpretation, 9:30am-12:30pm

Registration required: jean.alupay@noaa.gov or 415-530-5368

Adults only

Full 22-Hour Course, $280.

Includes all classes, fieldtrips, materials and manual. Register now!

Individual class registration, as space allows, $50/class.

Shark Lecture Only, February 23, 11:30am-12:30pm, $20.

Classes will be held at Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Campus in San Francisco. Rocky Shore Field Trip will take place on the San Mateo County Coast.

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Celebrate the Annual Return of White Sharks at SHARKTOBERFEST!

September 29, 2018 11am-4pm

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

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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 - Jeff Campbell and Max Delaney, acoustic guitar duo
2pm: Special Programs (see below)
4pm: Event closes

Special Programs ($10/person):

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.

Shark Talk: 11:30am and 2pm

The World of Sharks - presentation by shark expert.

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

Please use public or muscle-powered transport. GGT, Muni 28, 29 & PresidiGo

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