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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Next Group Walk: Heron's Head & India Basin in San Francisco--November 22nd, 2014

Heron's Head
November 22nd, 2014
Heron's Head & India Basin
San Francisco
9:45 am to whenever!

Once destined to be a shipping terminal but now a protected salt marsh, Heron's Head is an intriguing place to explore.

As you walk down the long, narrow man-made peninsula of Heron's Head, you're confronted with remarkable contrasts. There's industry on one side--for what its worth, along with hundreds of seagulls, massive ships and crusty, rusty warehouses--while on your other side lies a glassy, bird-filled salt marsh. And at the tip of the heron's head you face east, where Oakland lies across the choppy bay and Mount Diablo rises, purple and jagged, on the horizon. You got birds, you got seals, you got boats. Its quiet and noisy, and cool and strange in that way where industrialization contends with nature.

Meeting Time and Place:
Heron's Head entrance/parking lot  
Cargo Way and Jennings Street, San Francisco

Our route is completely flat, and maybe 1.5 to 2 miles long if you include India Basin. It is stroller friendly, though there are some packed dirt trails. Please no dogs, because Heron's Head is a bird sanctuary.

I hope to have a picnic at India Basin Playground. I recommend bringing a picnic blanket, food, and water. The whole things should be 2 to 3 hours. There are port-o-potties at Heron's Head, and nothing but swings, structures, and a view at the playground.

Come because it's fun, free, and your kids will love running around in the sun, checking out new things.

Jessica and Marshall
(parents of three little ones)

If you have questions, email Jess at jericahahn@hotmail.com


The EcoCenter and Literacy for Environmental Justice Website

Port of San Francisco's Web Page about Heron's Head Parkwith a link to a bird field guide specifically for Heron's Head Park

Bay Natives, native plant nursery at Cargo Way and Jennings Street

Blue Greenway, a bicycle and pedestrian-friendly corridor that will connect Heron's Head and other waterfront parks in the city

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