Events & Meetings: Interpretive Activities

Volunteer Work Party at Waterfowl Hunt Sites

Moffett Hunt Ponds, Sunnyvale

  • Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.- noon

Come help Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge prepare for the upcoming waterfowl hunting season by volunteering to clean up the hunting site and repair hunt blinds in the Alviso Pond area. We will meet on the levee between AB1 and A2E. Go to for more information and registration. Afterward, join us for an information meeting at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso at 1 p.m.

Restoration Work Day: Coastal Cleanup Day

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, September 15, 10:00 a.m.- noon

Interested in volunteering at the refuge? Come out for a Restoration Work Day celebrating Coastal Cleanup Day! We will be cleaning up trash along the entrance road into the refuge while learning about our habitats and wildlife. This is a great opportunity for middle school, high school, and college students to gain volunteer hours. Great for scout groups and families as well! All ages and skill levels are wel¬come to join. Gloves and tools are provided. Bring a lunch to enjoy after. Reservations recommended. Please visit Questions? Call Hope at 408-262-5513 ext.104.

Hike the Mallard Slough

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, October 13, 10:00 a.m. – Noon
  • Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. – Noon

Look for birds, mammals, and animal tracks as we explore along the water’s edge on this 3.7-mile nature walk. Bring binoculars and your fa¬vorite field guide to help enjoy the views. Have at least one liter of water, snacks, and appropriate clothing. Rain will cancel this hike due to possibly muddy trail. Led by Steve Stolper, certified California Naturalist. Reservations recommended.Go to

Bike Ride Tour

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a bike tour on the Mallard Slough Trail! We will stop along the way to learn about the refuge, the wildlife and habitats, the importance of Coyote Creek watershed, and the history of the area. The ride is 4.5 miles on a level trail, and there is no shade. Must provide your own bikes, gear, and water bottles. Helmets are required for children. Water and snacks will be provided at a stop. Children ages 10+ recommended. Please use your best judgement on skill level for the distance. This event is in part¬nership with Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and other local organizations. Reservations recommended. Go to Questions? Call 408-262-5513 ext. 100 or 104.

Pacific Flyway

Ravenswood SF2 Trail, Menlo Park

  • Saturday, November 3, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Our wetlands are an important stop on the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route. Stroll with docent Laurel Stell to learn why birds migrate, why they stop along the San Francisco Bay, and to spot the birds in action. Trail is easy and level. All ages and abilities welcome. Meet at the SF2 trail parking area on the west side of the Dumbarton Bridge. REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Go to Questions? Call 408-262-5513 ext. 104.

Drawbridge Van Excursion

Environmental Education Center, Alviso

  • Saturday, November 17, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

An abandoned town in the San Francisco Bay? That’s right! Nestled on an island in the salt marshes of South San Francisco Bay, the town of Drawbridge once boomed. Was it a quiet, peaceful town full of nature lovers, or people scrabbling out a living? How long did it exist? Find out at this program, led by Ceal Craig. We will start with a slideshow, and then take a short van excursion to view Drawbridge across Coyote Creek. Program will be of most interest to adults interested in history or nature; children 13 and over with an adult are welcome. Space is very limited. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Go to Led by Ceal Craig. Questions? Call Hope at 408-262-5513 ext.104. (Note: we do not visit the town itself – we go to the closest spot that one can legally view Drawbridge.)