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Free National Park Pass for 4th GradersFree National Park Pass for 4th Graders
By - posted 9/12/2020
Freebies, Outdoorsy, Things to Do, Travel

Hey fourth graders! See America’s natural wonders and historic sites for free. You and your family get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year. Every year, beginning September 1, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid Outdoors pass at www.everykidoutdoors.gov. This more...

Where to Go Apple Picking in the Bay AreaWhere to Go Apple Picking in the Bay Area
By - posted 9/12/2020
Outdoorsy, Things to Do, What's Closed / What's Open

Want fresh apples? It doesn’t get any fresher than straight from the tree. There are lots of local farms near San Francisco where you can pick your own apples, but due to the recent wildfires and also the pandemic, many farms are closed for the season for U-Pick. Some farms more...

Lake Tahoe Bear "Shops" at Grocery StoreLake Tahoe Bear “Shops” at Grocery Store
By - posted 8/25/2020
Groceries / Supermarkets, Outdoorsy, Wow

A local Black bear in Lake Tahoe got the munchies and headed into Safeway, as you do.  Shopper Adina Baidoo nearly walked into the bear when she exited the Safeway grocery store in Kings Beach on Tuesday night. The bear was rummaging through the trash before it decided there was probably more...

The Golden Gate Bridge is a Sundial? Yup!The Golden Gate Bridge is a Sundial? Yup!
By - posted 8/17/2020
Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy

Did you know that our beautiful Golden Gate Bridge is not only of one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World, but it’s also a sundial. Sure, it’s an amazing technological feat. They said it couldn’t be built and at the time its opening in 1937, it was both the longest and the tallest more...

Where to Go Berry Picking in the Bay AreaWhere to Go Berry Picking in the Bay Area
By - posted 7/17/2020
Outdoorsy, Things to Do

Want fresh, juicy berries? It doesn’t get any fresher than straight from the vine. Escape the city and spend the day in the country. There are lots of local farms near San Francisco where you can pick your own berries. Plus, a lot of the farms grow veggies too, so more...

How to See a Comet That Won't Return for 6,800 YearsHow to See a Comet That Won’t Return for 6,800 Years
By - posted 7/16/2020
Outdoorsy

Thanks to Lifehacker and CBS News for letting us know how to catch a glimpse of the spectacular comet Neowise before it disappears for thousands of years. Bay Area Comet Photos: Local photographer Vincent James woke up at 4 in the morning and took some spectacular early-morning shots of the comet more...

Angry Turkey "Gerald" Forces Closure of Oakland Rose GardenAngry Turkey “Gerald” Forces Closure of Oakland Rose Garden
By - posted 6/14/2020
Outdoorsy

Thanks to ABC7 for letting us know that Oakland was forced to close the rose garden over an angry turkey that won’t stop attacking people who invade his home Three weeks ago we posted about “Gerald” The Turkey, a wild turkey that went wild on Oakland Park-goers. Oh well, he won’t more...

California's Poppy Bloom so Big You Can See It From SpaceCalifornia’s Poppy Bloom so Big You Can See It From Space
By - posted 5/21/2020
Outdoorsy

Thanks to Matador Network for letting us know that California’s poppy bloom was so bright this year (and safe from Instagram tramplers) that it could be seen from space. See NASA’s Photos – Happy Spring! Enjoy some flower gazing from space! Near the western tip of the Mojave Desert (Northwest of Lancaster more...

Northern Lights Livestream: Nature's Most Amazing Light ShowNorthern Lights Livestream: Nature’s Most Amazing Light Show
By - posted 4/8/2020
Outdoorsy

Want a dose of tranquility and peace? Now’s the perfect time to see nature’s most amazing light show right from the comfort of your warm home. Late winter and early spring are the best times for the aurora borealis. Located at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Churchill, Manitoba, this more...

Vehicular Access Closed At All State ParksVehicular Access Closed At All State Parks
By - posted 3/29/2020
Outdoorsy

As of today, California State Parks have announced it’s temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Unfortunately because our citizens have not heeded the guidance to stay home and practice social distancing, our parks have been forced to close to vehicles. California Department of more...

Enjoying SF's Parks… From HomeEnjoying SF’s Parks… From Home
By - posted 3/24/2020
Outdoorsy

As we all shelter-in-place and enjoy getting deeply acquainted with our home spaces and our family members, Shaping San Francisco offers some ways to learn more about the history behind our parks and open spaces without having to navigate a safe distance among the surprising throngs of people.  Shaping San Francisco more...

All Marin Parks Now Closed Due to Large CrowdsAll Marin Parks Now Closed Due to Large Crowds
By - posted 3/23/2020
Outdoorsy

All Marin Parks to be Closed Amid COVID-19 Spread Public Health issues order to stem influx of visitors San Rafael, CA – The Public Health Division of Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued an order March 22 for the immediate closure of all Marin parks to stem the more...

National Parks Are Now Free (Until Further Notice)National Parks Are Now Free (Until Further Notice)
By - posted 3/18/2020
Outdoorsy

We’re all doing our part to help control the spread of COVID-19 by sheltering in place, but it’s still important to get outside for some fresh air and a little exercise. As long as you practice social distancing by keeping away from others by 6 feet or more, you might more...

Our Bay Area National Parks are Here for YouOur Bay Area National Parks are Here for You
By - posted 3/18/2020
Outdoorsy

On Monday, six Bay Area counties announced “shelter in place” orders for residents through April 7, 2020. As you likely know, residents are required to stay at home except when going outside for essential activities such as getting food, caring for loved ones (including pets), going to a medical appointment, or going outside for more...

Tahoe Ski Resorts CloseTahoe Ski Resorts Close
By - posted 3/16/2020
Outdoorsy

Winter is coming, but Tahoe is closing. As Tahoe gets its first major snowstorm of the season, several of Lake Tahoe’s biggest ski resorts have shut down in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19 including Sugar Bowl, Heavenly, Northstar, Kirkwood, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. Vail Resorts, which owns the more...