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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Farallon Islands & Whale Watching

Sunday, October 21st, 7:30am-4:00pm

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! In these nutri- ent-rich waters we will search for humpback and blue whales, seabirds such as the tufted puf n and common murre, seals, sea lions, jellies and other marine life!

For more information or to register, contact Sara at

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Bioluminescence Kayak Trip

Saturday, November 3rd, 5:30pm-8:30pm

Join Greater Farallones sanctuary naturalists and Point Reyes Outdoors to experience the eerie phenomenon of bioluminescence in the sheltered waters of Tomales Bay. At twilight we'll launch our kayaks and paddle into the sunset. As the deepening dark sets in, we'll watch as tiny plankton, called dino agellates, create their bioluminescent magic. Ripples from our paddles and wakes, from darting sh, and even seals will ignite ashes of cool green re against the dark waters.

For more information or to register, contact Sara at

Past Sanctuary Explorations

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Elephant Seal Walk


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Playa Painting with Andres Amador


Bioluminescence Kayak Trip

Humpback whales lunge feeding

Farallon Island & Whale Watching Trip

Russian River Valley

Jenner Kayak Trip

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Alcatraz- Island of Seabirds

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Kayaking & Wildlife Viewing

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Stand Up Paddle Board Excursion

wild flowers near the coast

Coastal Wildflower Walk