Family Workshops & Events

The Greater Farallones Association offers classes, excursions, and events for the whole family. Return to this page frequently to see the latest event schedule.

Family Workshops

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Dive deeper into ocean science as a family at our Sanctuary Visitor Center Family Workshops. Led by our team of marine science educators, these weekend workshops are perfect for 4–10 year old budding marine biologists and their families.

Simply Sea Otters
Saturday, February 17th
10am or 1pm
Greater Farallones Visitor Center, 991 Marine Drive, San Francisco

Join us as we dive into the lifestyle of the most otterly adorable marine mammal. Participants will learn the important role that sea otters play in maintaining a healthy kelp forest habitat. Touch real sea otter pelts and skulls as well as view photos and videos of these hairy creatures. Attendees will end the class playing a life-sized board game dedicated entirely to this important mammal.

COST: $10 per participant (example: 1 Parent + 2 children = $30)

Build a Shark
Sunday, February 25th
10am or 1pm
Greater Farallones Visitor Center, 991 Marine Drive, San Francisco

Come join the Greater Farallones Visitor Center for a naturalist-led shark workshop! Participants will interact with real shark specimens, teeth, and skin as well as watch footage of white sharks at the Farallon islands. The program also features our hands-on “Build-a-Shark” activity, where participants will assemble a life-size white shark model, piece by piece.

COST: $10 per participant (example: 1 Parent + 2 children = $30)

To sign up, email jean.alupay@noaa.gov.

Sanctuary Explorations

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The Sanctuary Explorations Series provides monthly opportunities for you to connect with, and experience, the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.

Tidepool Adventure
Sunday, March 25, 2018
10:30am-12:30pm
Pescadero, CA

Explore the amazing intertidal habitat at the edge of the sea while learning how the animals and algae survive under ever-changing conditions. Search for chitons, anemones, sea stars, sea urchins, nudibranchs and other creatures that call this biodiversity hotspot “home,” while learning important tidepool etiquette. Our adventure will close with hot chocolate and cookies.

COST: $15

Adults 16 and older

Space is limited. Registration Required!

To sign up, email sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov.

Art & Science Soirées

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Art & Science Soirées are fantastic events for adults to hear from world-renowned scientists. Enjoy complimentary wine or beer, create your own artwork, and learn about the amazing wildlife in the Sanctuary.

The Albatross Soirée
April 28, 2018
Randell Museum

COST: $20, includes two complimentary drinks.

Adults 16 and older

Space is limited. Registration Required!

To sign up, email sara.heintzelman@noaa.gov.

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