Just offshore of Northern California lies an underwater national park called the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. The Sanctuary is cared for and protected by NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The Greater Farallones Association supports the efforts of NOAA and the Sanctuary with citizen science programs, restoring critical habitat, addressing climate change, education for kids, and funding for noted researchers.

The upwelling of a unique and powerful current within the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary is responsible for creating one of the most spectacular & biodiverse marine ecosystems on the planet. It is home to one of the largest feeding grounds for white sharks, 29 species of whales and dolphins, over 390 species of fish, and over 330 species of invertebrates – deep sea corals, sponges, shrimp, crab and other mollusks and crustaceans and much more.

Our programs train citizen scientist volunteers that work with Sanctuary biologists to maintain the health of the Sanctuary, restore significant habitat, and combat the impacts of ocean climate change. Our programs provide 10,000 volunteer hours in the field each year, educate the public about our ocean, and collect critical data and research that help ensure our waters are pristine and the ocean wildlife are thriving.

“You really feel like you’re making a contribution to something much bigger than yourself, but your focus is on your beach, so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. We are all on this planet together, and Beach Watch is a small part of what it will take to keep it healthy.”

– Anne Kelley, Beach Watch volunteer since 2012

“It’s an incredible opportunity for my students, universally respected as something real and important. The LiMPETS scientists and educators are fantastic ambassadors for the oceans.”

– Teacher Jon Lew

Citizen Science:

Beach Watch


Marine Debris


K-12 Education


Workshops & Events

Visitor Center

Visitor Center

Come enjoy a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge at the Greater Farallones Sanctuary Visitor Center open Wednesday – Sunday 10 am – 4 pm!

Join the Krill Club

Through the Greater Farallones Association membership, the Krill Club, you contribute to our programs every month, ensuring the sustainability of the organization and our mission. Become a member and receive these benefits: big discounts to expert-led bird walks and whale watches, invitations to Sanctuary Soirées, and attendance at our members-only Wildlife Lecture Series.

Other Ways To Give

Take the tax-wise approach and donate stock or mutual funds. Download Stock Donation Instructions.

Our organization welcomes in-kind gifts including computers, supplies, and your expertise. Please email donations@farallones.org if you would like to contribute products or services to the Greater Farallones Association.

Consider including the Greater Farallones Association in your planned giving and join the Greater Farallones Legacy Society.