Heron Watch - Free Program

Observe the Magnificent Great Blue Herons and Their Chicks at Stow Lake
Nine Saturdays During the Spring Nesting Season in April, May and June.

2020 Season Saturday Dates: April 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6, 13.

Free Program -- Interns and volunteers, using spotting scopes, will show the herons and chicks and explain their behavior. Observation deck is open from 10:00am to 1:00pm

Naturalist-led Walk -- To observe chicks and other nesting birds from various spots around the Lake and Strawberry Island. Terrain is mostly flat. 10:15am-12:15pm - meet at observation site. Members free. Non members- $10. Children always free.

Click here to view or print our 2020 flyer.

Blue Herons Nesting in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park - ABC 7 News
ABC 7 News, April 13, 2017

Directions to our New Observation Site:

Follow signs from the Stow Lake Boathouse. Click here for a printable map.

We start our interpretive program in April. The public can experience the excitement of these four foot tall birds with six foot wingspans flying in and out of the nests-brooding the chicks, feeding the chicks, etc. Naturalists and interns from San Francisco Nature Education are stationed at the observation site with spotting scopes, ready to offer spectacular views into the Great Blue Heron nests and answer questions.

Click here for article by Bay Nature Magazine about the Great Blue Herons at Stow Lake and the Heron Watch Saturday program, with embedded video interview with Nancy DeStefanis.

Click here to watch a video where interns share their experience with our internship program.

Click here to view or download "Great Blue Heron Colony Nesting and Fledging Chronology, 1993-Present".

High school interns with Executive Director, Nancy DeStefanis.

Intern Cedric, at left, leads a tour of the great blue heron colony.

Heron Watch volunteers 2014

Interested in being a Heron Watch volunteer? Click here to download an application .

Go heron-watching with SF Nature Education. Part of "The Bay Nature on The Air" program.

Duration: 02:45 / Produced by Rick Bacigalupi / Alternate video link / Flash Plug-in