Special Events

Celebrate the Annual Return of White Sharks at SHARKTOBERFEST!

September 28, 2019 11am-4pm

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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

Special Programs ($15/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. 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

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

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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, 10am-2pm

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, 10-11:30am or 1-2:30pm.

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.

Fee: $15 per participant (e.g. 1 Parent + 2 children = $45)

For more information or to sign up please contact: Jean, jalupay@farallones.org

Sunday, August 4

Sanctuary Explorations: Farallon Islands & Whale Watching Trip, San Francisco, CA, 7:30am-4pm.

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!

Fee: $135/person. Ages 10+; Adults must accompany minors.

Space is limited. Registration Required!

For more information or to sign up please contact: Sara, sheintzelman@farallones.org

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday August 2-4

Virtual Reality Dives, Greater Farallones Visitor Center, August 2, 3, & 4, 10am-4pm. Free! No reservation required.

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).

Get into Your Sanctuary photo contest, May 25-September 2

Categories: sanctuary views, sanctuary life, & sanctuary recreation

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

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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