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Dock of the Bay

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Saved By Nature's Dock of the Bay project is set to involve 600 individuals from underrepresented communities of color, across all age groups, in 20 exciting excursions along the breathtaking coasts of San Francisco and Monterey Bay. Participants will have the opportunity to partake in a diverse range of activities such as fishing, crabbing, kayaking, camping, boat tours, backpacking, kite flying, and hiking adventures.


This initiative has been carefully designed to bring people of different generations together, enabling them to explore and appreciate the scenic coastal region while empowering them with the necessary skills and confidence to become stewards of the area and engage in restorative practices that foster joy and healing. To make the experience even better, we provide all participants with complimentary snacks and food.

The project's name, inspired by Otis Redding's song, reflects the universal theme of discovering beauty in life despite moments of hopelessness and despair.


Trips are scheduled for every third Saturday of the month from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. With hike lengths ranging from 3.5 to 5.5 miles and an easy to moderate level, everyone can enjoy these life-changing experiences.

What to Bring:

  • Layers + comfortable clothing (check the weather)

  • Water Bottle

  • Hat and/or sunscreen

  • Extra snacks

  • An open mind and heart!

2024 Dock of the Bay Adventures

January 20th (rescheduled to February 3rd due to weather) - Cooley Landing Park - Bay Fishing for Shark and Bat Ray
ADA Accessible 

February 17th - Oyster Point Park - Pier fishing for Sturgeon and Bar-b-que
ADA Accessible

March 16th - Point Lobos State Natural Reserve - Wildflowers/California Gray Whale Watching and Kelp Forest Guided Hike

Not ADA Accessible

April 20th - Mori Point - Wildflower Hike

Not ADA Accessible

May 18th - Manresa State Beach - Hike In Tent Camping and Surf Fishing

Partially ADA Accessible

June 15th - Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Shark and Bat Ray Fishing Dumbarton Pier 
ADA Accessible

July 27th - Angel Island State Park - Backpacking Adventure and Ferry Ride (fires not allowed)Not ADA Accessible

We provide all the necessary backpacking equipment, but you are also welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Transportation by bus may be available, but please note that it is subject to change.

August 17th - Chrissy Field - Hike and Kite flying at Golden Gate Bridge
ADA Accessible

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This project is made possible through a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy. The California State Coastal Conservancy is a California state agency, established in 1976, to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, to help people get to and enjoy the outdoors, and to sustain local economies along California’s coast. It acts with others to protect and restore, and increase public access to, California’s coast, ocean, coastal watersheds, and the San Francisco Bay Area. Its vision is of a beautiful, restored, and accessible coast for current and future generations of Californians.

Past 2023 Dock of the Bay Adventures

January 28th - Ano Nuevo State Natural Reserve - Elephant Seal Guided Tour
Limited ADA Accessibility – Beach wheelchair upon request, accommodated by strong person.
Bus provided

February 11th - Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Presidio of San Francisco
Rock Crab Fishing and Picnic at Torpedo Wharf
ADA Accessible

March 18th - Elkhorn Slough Safari Nature Boat Tours - Wetlands and Wildlife Boat Tour of Elkhorn Slough

Limited Wheelchair Accessibility - accommodated by strong person, no electric wheelchairs.

Bus provided.

April 15th - Antioch Fishing Pier - Striped Bass Fishing the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Picnic (fishing license required, paid for by SBN)

ADA Accessible

Bus provided.

May 20th - Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge - Guided Delta Kayaking Adventure with A Ranger
Not ADA Accessible

June 17th - Candlestick Point State Recreation Area - Tent Camping and Pier Shark Fishing (fires allowed)
ADA Accessible

July 15th - Cesar Chavez Park - Hike and Kite Flying
ADA Accessible

August 26th - Rob Hill Campground at The Presidio, San Francisco - Tent Camping 
ADA Accessible 

September 16th - Alviso County Marina Park - Alviso Boat Tour of the South San Francisco Bay
Not ADA Accessible

October 28th - Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Shark and Bat Ray Fishing Dumbarton Pier ADA Accessible

November 18th - Half Moon Bay - Dungeness Crab Fishing Pillar Point Jetty 
Not ADA Accessible

December 10th - Natural Bridges State Beach - Monarch Butterflies & Tide Pooling Guided Hike

Limited ADA Accessible

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