Programs and Initiatives

Greater Farallones Association protects marine life and habitats of Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries through scientific research, conservation, restoration, and environmental education. Our programs explore everything from plankton and sea stars to seals, seabirds and whales.

Community Science

Greater Farallones Association trains community scientist volunteers that help monitor the health of the Sanctuary ecosystem, restore important coastal habitat, and combat the impacts of ocean climate change. Our programs in partnership with Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries provide 10,000 volunteer hours in the field each year, and our community scientists help us gather critical data used to safeguard ocean wildlife and protect biodiversity.

Beach Watch

Trained volunteers collecting vital wildlife data


Students contributing to coastal science

Marine Debris

Volunteers study & remove trash on beaches

A group of people on the beach doing Beach Watch Training
2 students on the sandy beach doing research
2 people on the beach looking at the ground

Restoration and Conservation

Our restoration and conservation programs help protection marine life of Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, including seabirds, sharks, and endangered whales like blue, fin, and humpbacks. We work to restore and protect the internationally recognized ecosystem of Bolinas Lagoon so that its natural wildlife can thrive and and restore critical bull kelp forest along the Sonoma coast.

Protecting the natural ecosystem

Kent Island Restoration group photo

Saving a vital habitat

Bull kelp forest

Reducing disturbances

A group of common murres standing

Protecting endangered whales

A humpback whale breaching

Building stewardship for sharks

A white shark facing the camera under a green-colored ocean

Ocean Climate

The Greater Farallones Ocean Climate Program synthesizes climate and ecological data from many sources, engages stakeholder groups, makes policy recommendations, implements climate resilience projects, and explores cutting edge ocean climate mitigation strategies like protecting blue carbon ecosystems within marine protected areas.

Climate-Smart Conservation

Advancing science-based solutions

Blue Carbon

Understanding and protecting blue carbon

Sediment Management

Improving the resiliency of our coast

Bowling Ball Beach
Blue carbon ecosystem
San Andreas Fault

Education and Outreach

We offer a wide array of exciting and immersive experiences for youth and adults to explore and learn about their local ocean environment within Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries and beyond, including tidepooling, kayaking, field excursions, workshops, classes, art and science soirées, exhibits, and more.

A group of children leaning over the Greater Farallones pier peering into the water below.
Kayaks lined up on the beach
Sharktoberfest 2017