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

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Alcatraz-Island of Seabirds

Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 9:30am-12:00pm

Alcatraz Island, infamous for its federal prison, supports the only nesting colonies of Brandt's and Pelagic Cormorants inside San Francisco Bay. Join an Alcatraz bird docent and sanctuary staff for a thought-provoking walk through the seabird rookeries to learn about their ecology and current conservation status. We’ll discuss the significance of Pigeon Guillemots, Black-crowned Night Herons, Snowy Egrets, Black Oystercatchers, and many more. We’ll learn about the impacts of human disturbance and the efforts to protect these birds.

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