SCIENCE SATURDAYS

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The Science Saturday program presents free, weekly events catered to adults, kids, families - everybody! These hands-on activities are fun, accessible science programming with a focus on environmental education, social justice, and fostering community. Activities range from park restoration and cleanups that keep plastic debris out of San Francisco Bay, to climate change science experiments, to learning the science behind healthy cooking and eating, to citizen science excursions like a recent BioBlitz conducted in collaboration with California Academy of Sciences, and more. We focus on collaborations with Bayview Hunters Point community groups and Bay Area nature conservation organizations.

Upcoming Science Saturdays

All Science Saturdays are FREE! No sign up required. See you soon!

Remains of the Bay: An Exploration of San Francisco's Industrial Waterfront

July 1 | 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Join photographer and self-described “armchair historian” Curt Sanford as he shares images and stories about a lesser-known corner of the San Francisco Bay. The photographs in this presentation were taken on a series of kayaking outings along the southeast shoreline and highlight the historical vestiges and ecological transformation of the area. Curt’s images capture the passage of time and expose a hidden world of quiet spaces under crumbling piers, alongside bygone shipyards, and among the many abandoned buildings that line the shore. Come and enjoy Curt’s photographic documentation and learn more about this fast-changing landscape. Join us for light snacks and mingling from 12:00pm-1:00pm, followed by the presentation from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Get Down and Dirty with our Native Plant Garden

July 8 | 10:00am - 1:00pm

Join staff from the EcoCenter and SF Recreation and Parks for this hands-on Science Saturday as we care for the native plants that call Heron’s Head Park home. Come dressed in comfortable clothes and get ready to get dirty as we learn to identify local plants and help to remove invasive species. For more information, please email: recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org.

From Sticky Monkey Flowers to Zebra Spiders: Native Plant and Insect Nature Walk

July 15 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Get up close and personal with the native plants and insects that call Heron’s Head Park home during a guided nature walk with EcoCenter Intern Tidjiane Dabokemp.

Heron's Head Park Trail Walk

July 22 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

In collaboration with SF Recreation and Parks and the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative, join professional guides on an interpretive walk to admire the San Francisco waterfront as we follow a short section of the Bay Trail. This low impact walk is great for socializing and bird watching. The walk will begin in the mini-park next to the Heron’s Head Park parking lot at 10:00 am. Don’t forget to bring water, hats, and sunscreen!

Water Wise: How Sustainable Building Design Conserves California's Vital Resource

July 29 | 10:00am - 3:00pm

Explore the EcoCenter’s sustainable systems using hands-on experiments that illustrate ways we can all help to protect and conserve water in our day-to-day lives.