Sanctuary Explorations

The Sanctuary Explorations Series provides monthly opportunities for you to connect with, and experience, your national marine sanctuaries. Through these adventures we hope to inspire an ocean conservation ethic and wildlife etiquette through experiential learning while having fun and exploring the amazing habitats within and adjacent to the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. We hope you can join us for one of our upcoming Sanctuary Explorations!

For more information about the Sanctuary Exploration Series or to be added to our announcement list, please contact Sara Heintzelman:

Upcoming Sanctuary Explorations

Sanctuary Explorations: Gray Whale Watching

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 9:00am-12:00pm

Witness the mighty gray whale migration on this half-day cruise. Join our sanctuary naturalists as we venture into the northbound migration path of the gray whale as they head through our marine sanctuaries, traveling from Baja California breeding grounds to their Arctic feeding grounds with their calves. Learn about their natural history, their recovery from near extinction, and the survival challenges posed by their roughly 12,000 mile round-trip journey. Discover the natural history and adaptations of the seabirds, porpoises, seals and sea lions we encounter.

Trip FULL.

For more information or to be added to the wait list, contact Sara at

Wildflower and Whale Walk

Sunday, May 6th, 2018 10:00am-2:00pm

Join Greater Farallones sanctuary naturalists and a California State Park Environmental Scientist for a 4 mile coastal wildflower and whale walk! We will explore Salt Point State Park while learning about bluff, coastal prairie, and near shore coastal ecology. Discover how State Parks are protecting and restoring these unique habitats. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while we keep a lookout for migrating gray whales traveling north with their calves.

For more information or to register, contact Sara at

Past Sanctuary Explorations

elephant seals

Elephant Seal Walk


playa painting

Playa Painting with Andres Amador


Bioluminescence Kayak Trip

Humpback whales lunge feeding

Farallon Island & Whale Watching Trip

Russian River Valley

Jenner Kayak Trip

snowy egret hatchlings

Alcatraz- Island of Seabirds

kayaks on the shore

Kayaking & Wildlife Viewing

boy paddle boarding

Stand Up Paddle Board Excursion

wild flowers near the coast

Coastal Wildflower Walk