San Francisco Nature Education
- Provides interactive environmental education programs that develop leadership and stewardship in youth and adults. Our school programs focus on providing educational enrichment to students from underserved communities. We use local parks as natural classrooms to observe local and migratory birds and to provide inspiring and engaging natural experiences. 20,000 students served to date.
- Conducts thirty field trips each year throughout San Francisco.
- Conducts Heron Watch ten Sats. in April, May and June each Spring. Adult volunteers and interns with high powered spotting scopes show the nesting herons and their chicks to the public during a three hour period each Sat. and answer questions.
- Trains middle school and high school students to serve as interns at Herons Head Park during winter migration and Stow Lake during the spring nesting season of the Great Blue Herons. 250 interns trained since 2002.
- Publishes an eBlue Heron Newsletter ten times per year.
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The Great Blue Heron Colony
As of April 19, 2021, we have at least 12 chicks in Nest Numbers 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 & 8. Nests # 1 & 4 are not occupied.
Download the 2021 Heron Watch flyer (NOTE: OBSERVATION SITE HAS MOVED!).
Photo by Helene Sobol
See highlights of the 2020 Great Blue Heron Colony
SF Nature in the News
Nancy DeStefanis penned the article "Heron Lady: My Feathered Friends Return to Stow Lake for 28th Year" in the Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon (April 17, 2021).
Sunset Beacon July 7, 2020
‘Heron Lady’ at GG Park’s Stow Lake Relishes Her Role as Nature Educator
Hawk Stealing Gopher from Great Blue Heron
Video by Ian Shanley McNamara of Red Tail Hawk stealing gopher from Great Blue Heron...Read more
Learn more about our school and Saturday programs below
School Programs - K-5 Classroom visits and field studies
San Francisco Nature Education is now starting its 21st year of delivering comprehensive environmental education programs to students from underserved schools in the San Francisco Unified School District.
Saturday Public Programs