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New Visitor Center Hours!

Beginning September 1, the Visitor Center at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont will be open Wednesdays - Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Visitor Center at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont

Visitor Center at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Fremont . Photo courtesy Ann L.. Copyright Ann L.

National Wildlife Refuge Week (Oct 10 - 17) and October CRISP 2015

To celebrate National Wildlife Refuge Week this year from October 10 through October 17, the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is gathering biologists and educators on the refuge for CRISP (Conservation • Recreation • Interpretation • Science • Protection). Take part and learn how national wildlife refuges conserve and protect wildlife and habitat through science, interpretation, and recreation at the Refuge Headquarters in Fremont.

October 10 - Fremont

Spend the day at the Don Edwards Refuge and participate in all things that make us a National Wildlife Refuge! Meet biologists, participate in survey techniques, take part in a fun, educational activity, and learn how the Federal Duck Stamp helps protects wetlands while tasting wild ducks provided by duck hunters. Be sure to stay for the live bird show presented by the Sulphur Creek Nature Center to learn about some of the amazing creatures the refuge provides habitat for. See the list of activities below.

  • Mist Net Demonstration with live songbirds
  • Mammal Trapping Demonstration
  • Lizard Surveys
  • Duck Tasting: Recreation and the Federal Duck Stamp
  • Plankton Lab
  • Live Bird Show with Sulphur Creek Nature Center
  • Learn what it takes to become a Refuge Volunteer
  • Colonial Waterbird Presentation/Bird Walk with San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
  • Twilight Marsh Walk

Creeks and Rivers Art Display

The Environmental Education Center of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge is hosting an exhibition of 18 oil paintings of the Coyote Watershed by Donald Neff, a Bay Area resident and self-taught painter. The art display runs from August 22 through fall 2015 with viewing hours only on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. A special reception will be held Saturday, September 5 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Register online to come enjoy the paintings, meet the artist, learn about our watershed, and go for a hike!

Donald Neff art display at the Environmental Education Center of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, fall 2015

Donald Neff art display at the Environmental Education Center of the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, fall 2015. Photo courtesy Donald Neff. Copyright Donald Neff.

Environmental Outreach Associate

Update on Aug 17, 2015: This position is now filled. Thank you for your interest.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Outreach Associate position 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.

The Environmental Outreach Associate will be a part-time employee for the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS), a non-profit friends group to the Refuge. The primary mission of SFBWS 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.

Environmental Education Associate

Update on Aug 17, 2015: This position is now filled. Thank you for your interest.


GENERAL DESCRIPTION

The Environmental Education Associate position 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.

The Environmental Education Associate will be a part-time employee for the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS), a non-profit friends group to the Refuge. The primary mission of SFBWS 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.

BioBlitz at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge - July 25, 2015

Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge and Nerds for Nature are hosting their first ever Bioblitz! Join us as we try to document every living thing on the Stamm Unit of the refuge.

What is a Bioblitz?

A Bioblitz is an intensive one-day study of biodiversity in a specific location, bringing scientists and volunteer citizen-scientists together. We’ll look for birds, mammals, reptiles, butterflies, insects, spiders, trees, flowers, mushrooms, even slime molds! Using your smart phone, you will take pictures of every living thing you see. We’ll wrap up at the Antioch Library where we will enjoy light refreshments, upload our findings onto iNaturalist, share our photos, and help identify the species.

When is it?

July 25, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

What do I need to bring to participate?

Bring your smart phone for sure and a water bottle. It can get pretty hot in Antioch in July!

2015 Marsh-In Summer Day Camp • August 3 - 7, 2015

A FREE summer camp filled with fun activities, games, crafts, and adventures.

Date and Time
  • August 3 - 7, 2015
  • Grades 1-6: Monday - Wednesday 9:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Monday - Bird Day
    • Tuesday - Fish Day
    • Wednesday - Mammal Day
  • Grades 4-6 only: Overnight 6:00 p.m. Thursday - 9:00 a.m. Friday
    • Overnight - Night hikes, star gazing, sleeping under the stars and ice cream making!
Location

Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Environmental Education Center
1751 Grand Blvd, Alviso, CA 95002

National Fishing & Boating Week • June 6 - 14, 2015

National Fishing & Boating Week - June 6 - 14, 2015

Learn how to fish on the Dumbarton Fishing Pier in Fremont!

Saturday, June 13, 2015 9:00 a.m. – noon

Have you ever wanted to try fishing but didn’t know how to begin? Learn the fundamental basics of catch-and- release fishing at the Dumbarton fishing pier! Discover the types of wildlife living in the San Francisco Bay, learn the safety and ethics of fishing, and then try your luck out on the pier with our fishing poles.

This event is free! Space is limited to 50 people. All equipment will be provided. Please come on time. Register at donedwardsfishing.eventbrite.com or call 510-792-0222 ext. 476 for reservations.

Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2015

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Volunteer Opportunities: Summer 2015 at the Environmental Education Center (Alviso, California).

If you have an interest in wildlife and their conservation, enjoy working with people, and are enthusiastic and dependable, the Environmental Education Center’s Volunteer Program is for you! As a volunteer, you’ll receive on-the- job training from staff and other volunteers in the project area you choose.

Prior to volunteering at the Environmental Education Center, you must attend a Volunteer Orientation. You can also attend the orientation just to see what opportunities there are, and if it is the right fit for you.

Join the Litterati movement!

Litterati was created by Jeff Kirschner after his family went for a walk in the Oakland hills and encountered a plastic tub of kitty litter dumped in a stream. His four-year-old daughter — baffled by what she saw — exclaimed, “Daddy, that doesn’t go there!” which prompted Jeff to think more deeply about what he could do to leave a more environmentally stable planet for his children. Drawing on his background in start-up technology, Kirschner envisioned a way to engage and inspire individuals to take action whenever they could, wherever they were.

Since April, the Environmental Education Center has been hosting an exhibit displaying photographs the public have taken of litter. The exhibit will be on display until June.

The goal is also to stop litter before it starts, and photographs of cigarette butts and fast food containers are a stark reminder of the need for new strategies for reaching the public who still casually discard such items. Through keyword tags, the project also documents the products and brands that generate the most litter, enabling Litterati to take a data-driven approach towards smarter solutions. As Jeff says,

Individually, one can make a difference. Together, we can create an impact.

The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge is asking for your help to keep your national wildlife refuge free of litter and to help document where and what is being thrown on our lands.

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