Event

Natural Sciences Guild Day Trip | Kayak the Petaluma Marsh

Sunday, October 6, 2013, 9 am–3 pm

Join the Natural Sciences Guild to kayak the largest intact tidal wetland within the San Francisco Bay estuary: the Petaluma Marsh, a 5000-acre wetlands ecosystem in northeastern Marin County. The Petaluma River flows through the Marsh before emptying into northwestern San Pablo Bay. The Marsh is a haven for wildlife. Egrets and herons still fish, undisturbed, deep within the Marsh, along with willets, curlews, dowitchers, night herons, and black-bellied plovers. Thousands of shorebirds and ducks settle into the area each year during their annual migrations.

We’ll paddle the river and work our way into the marsh, pulling ashore for a light lunch while the tide allows. After paddling about 3 miles, we will return to our put-in location. Our guide on this trip will be instructor and naturalist Greg Meyer. Greg has been kayaking and leading natural history tours since 1985. He is a nationally certified sea kayak instructor and a faculty member in the Outdoor Education and Recreation program at California State University, Monterey Bay. His extensive experience in the outdoors will help you learn the basics of kayaking while you experience the beauty and history of the Petaluma Marsh.

No kayak experience is necessary and instruction will be given before embarking in very stable, two-person kayaks. However, we will be paddling about 6 to 8 miles and participants should be physically fit and capable of extended exercise. Trip cost is $105. Registration is limited to 16 participants.

To RSVP, contact Nancy Stryble at 510-339-1139 or stryble@earthlink.net

Need more info? Contact naturalsciencesguild@museumca.org

For more information about OMCA Guilds, including how to join and a list of upcoming trips, visit museumca.org/travel-guilds