Family Nature Day

Date & Time TBD

Stafford Lake, Novato


free event celebrating nature!

At WildCare’s Family Nature Day, people of all ages learn about wildlife “Mrs. T style” while heading out on a Naturalist-led hikes on the Terwilliger trail. In years past, attendees have seen Dusky-footed Woodrat nests, Canada Geese and goslings, a Red-tailed Hawk being mobbed by American Crows, House Finches, an Osprey diving, butterflies, Western Fence Lizards and many more.

Attendees can bird watch from the shore of Stafford Lake. Or use a net to participate in an aquatic study and discover what lives just beneath the surface of Stafford Lake. Everyone enjoys meeting WildCare’s non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors including a Virginia Opossum, Northern Spotted Owl, Desert Tortoise and California Kingsnake.

Dissect and owl pellet, create a nature-themed craft, or take on the challenge of an engaging scavenger hunt and receive a reward for completion.

We will be joined by Bay Area Discovery Museum, Marin County Open Space, One Tam’s Roving Ranger, The Marine Mammal Center, Marin Humane, Sonoma Wildlife Rescue, The Museum of the American Indian, Friends of China Camp and Richardson Bay Audubon.

Elizabeth Terwilliger, known best as Mrs. T, was an inspiration for generations of Marin County residents. Her multi-sensory approach to teaching children about nature engendered a lifelong love of the natural world, and a desire to protect it, in the hearts of thousands.

The children that went on outdoor excursions with Mrs. T have grown up to be the environmental advocates overseeing the protection of Bay Area wild lands today. Marin County is a better place thanks to Mrs. T, and both her legacy and her creative and compelling teaching methods live on at WildCare. This event was inaugurated in her honor and is held every spring!