The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) cooperating association, authorized by Congress to support the education, interpretation, and research activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The primary mission of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society is to promote public awareness and appreciation of the San Francisco Bay and its natural history, and to conserve and preserve the remaining bay lands as essential wildlife habitat.

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Become a Supporter of the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. Your dues will include a subscription to Tideline and a 15% discount at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Bookstore.

Volunteer

Volunteer at the Refuge and gain valuable, rewarding experience. Through nature walks, talks and slide programs, help visitors understand and appreciate the natural and cultural history of the Refuge.

Donate

Your support of our education, interpretation, and research activities is more important than ever. Any amount you’re willing to donate will be greatly appreciated! Donations may be fully tax-deductible.

Seeking Donations for Yellow School Bus Transportation Fund

Donations for Yellow School Bus Transportation FundThe San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (Society) is seeking donations to make the Yellow School Bus Transportation Fund permanent and sustainable. The Fund pays for buses that enable school field trips to visit the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge as a learning laboratory.

For the last two years, the Fund has enabled school groups to participate in the Wetland Round-up Field Trip (grades K-6) and Living Wetlands (grades 5 – 12) programs at the refuge. These programs actively involve teachers, adult volunteers, and students in investigating the diverse habitats and wildlife of the refuge. Hands-on, small group activities are designed to teach basic ecological concepts and to introduce endangered species, migratory birds, and wetland habitats to the students. The programs are relevant to the appropriate State of California Education Standards.

The Fund was initially financed as a pilot program by grants of $1,500 each from the Connecting People With Nature Regional Funding Initiative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and $4,000 from the Society. The Society was inspired by the success of the pilot program and, seeing the value of maintaining a permanent fund to assist under-served schools with transportation costs, provided $4,000 for a second year. The program goal is to provide under-served local Title 1 schools access to meaningful programs held at the refuge’s Environmental Education Center in Alviso and the Newark Slough Learning Center in Fremont.

Students from four schools totaling 240 children participated in the pilot year and funding for seven more visits from schools in Castro Valley, Half Moon Bay, Newark, San Jose, and Union City has been committed for this year. Several of the schools would not have been able to visit the refuge without the Fund’s support.

Making the Fund permanent allows teachers to plan visits and coordinate their curricula with the programs at the refuge. The experience of first two years using the Fund showed that the real cost of chartering a bus and driver to safely transport students to the refuge was just over $700 per trip. The environmental education staff of the Society and the refuge can accommodate 20 Yellow School Bus funded visits annually and still maintain a high quality experience for the students.

Although donations of any amount will be welcomed and valued, the Society is seeking donations in multiples of $700 from neighboring corporations, Society members, and the community of interest in the refuge: $14,000 will fund a year of visits; $7,000 will fund visits for half of a school year; $700 will enable a school visit that will change lives and open doors. Making a commitment to funding multiple years of support will help engage this generation’s young students to appreciate wildlife and their habitats. Providing support for educational opportunity in the present will enrich lives in the future. Please send your generous donation to the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, Attention: YSBTF, P.O. Box 234, Newark, California 94560. Donations will be recognized not only in Tideline, but also in local media and by the schools the Fund benefits.

Thank you so much for teaching us about wildlife and water. I learned a lot more than I knew before. I can’t wait for my little sister to come on this field trip. We had fun learning. –Eliana, Los Gatos Christian School

Tideline

Tideline is a quarterly newsletter published by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, with funding from San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.
Winter
2014

From our blogs

Environmental Education Internship

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Education volunteer internship is located at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center in Alviso, CA. The Environmental Education Center provides free programs to schools and the public, while teaching about the local wildlife, conservation, and how to help the environment. The Living Wetlands program is designed to teach about wetlands and the properties of wetlands including watersheds and water conservation. We need a highly motivated individual who has an interest in education and visitor services and will assist in educating, planning, and developing the Living Wetlands program.

Field Trips and Scout Programs

General Education Program Information

Free field trip programs are offered at two sites at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, the City of San Jose, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offer the Living Wetlands program at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. The Don Edwards Refuge offers Wetland Round-Up field trips at the Refuge Headquarters in Fremont, and at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso.

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Our Programs
 

Living Wetlands

The Living Wetlands program (previously called Slow the Flow) is a partnership of the City of San Jose, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

The purpose of the Living Wetlands program is to raise public awareness about watersheds and water conservation in relation to the salt marshes at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The program aims to raise public awareness about water use issues in an effort to slow the flow of freshwater effluent to the bay’s salt marshes and increase viable habitat for endangered species.

The program includes 15 unique interpretive programs, two to three special events a year, one summer camp, and field trips and classroom presentations for schools, community partners, and nonprofit organizations.

Watershed Watchers

The Watershed Watchers program is a partnership of the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

The purpose of the Watershed Watchers program and SCVURPPP is to prevent urban runoff pollution (pollution coming from a myriad of sources, such as oils from vehicles, detergents from washing things outside, litter, and pet waste) and increase the surrounding communities’ knowledge of such pollution, and how to reduce its harmful effects through personal behavior.

This purpose is accomplished through many avenues, with the most popular being the interpretive programs offered at the Environmental Education Center.