Family Programs

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 9:00am -12:00pm with 10 participants
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Age: Children ages 7-11
  • Cost: $150 for 2 hikes
  • Scholarships are available.

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we explore the edge of Richardson Bay's mud and sand flats, or the brackish lagoon and intertidal zone of Rodeo Beach!

Each excursion is from 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be held at the Marin Headlands in Sausalito and Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon.

Our adventures will include lots of time to explore to look for insects, crabs, birds and the myriad of life that call these bay and ocean habitats home.

Games, a wildlife craft and a live animal encounter with one of WildCare’s non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors will round out each day’s experience.

Parents/guardians will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the hike sites and must submit an Emergency Information and Consent Form prior to the session.

One WildCare Educator and three Terwilliger Nature Guides will lead activities designed to encourage learning while having fun.

Enrollment is limited to 10 children per session and hike leaders will implement social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing protocols in keeping with CDC guidelines.

We are not able to offer single hike dates or mix and match dates from different sessions.

Click each session to reserve that session, or see all sessions here.

Session 1 — Tuesday, June 29 and Thursday, July 1 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 2 — Tuesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 8 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 3 — Tuesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 15 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 4 — Tuesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 22 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 5 — Tuesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 29 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 6 — Tuesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 5 — 9am - 12:00pm

Hike at Rodeo Beach

Aventuras Familiares WildCare– desplazarse hacia abajo para obtener información en español.

Explore local parks

New in 2022, WildCare’s Zeva Longley Family Adventures / Aventuras Familiares bring families from the Canal District in San Rafael outside on fun family outings in Marin’s parks and open spaces. The goal is to make the outdoors a safe and welcoming place for all, and these hikes are full of discovery and learning for the whole family. This amazing free program is made possible through the Rainbow Sandals Foundation.

The hikes, led by WildCare’s Bilingual Nature Educator, are in Spanish and are free to Canal District residents. Transportation is provided. 

Interested in participating? RSVP is required. Email Cecilia Ledesma, Bilingual Naturalist at or call or text 415-302-1730.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 14, 2022 — Hike from Tennessee Valley Trail to the Beach

Saturday, June 11, 2022 — Hike at Roy’s Redwoods

Saturday, July 9, 2022 — Hike at Rodeo Lagoon and Beach

Explorar los parques locales

Aventuras Familiares Zeva Longley con WildCare

Nuevo en 2022, Aventuras Familiares Zeva Longley llevan a las familias del Distrito del Canal en San Rafael al aire libre en divertidas excursiones familiares en los parques y espacios abiertos de Marin. La meta es lograr hacer de la naturaleza un espacio seguro y acogedor para todos, y estas caminatas están llenas de descubrimientos y aprendizajes para toda la familia. Este asombroso programa gratuito es possible por medio de la Fundación Rainbow Sandal

Estos programas, guiados por los Educadores Naturalistas Bilingües de WildCare, son dados en Español y son gratis para los residentes del Distrito del Canal. Nosotros proporcionamos transporte. Si está interesado en participar, favor de confirmar su asistencia.

Email a Cecilia Ledesma o enviar mensajes de texto o llamar 415-302-1730.

Próximos eventos

Sábado 14 de mayo de 2022 — Caminando el Valle de Tennessee hasta la Playa

Sábado, 11 de Junio de 2022 — Caminata Familiar en Roy’s Redwoods

Sábado, 9 de Julio de 2022 —Caminemos en la Laguna y Playa Rodeo

WildCare’s Terwilliger Nature Guides have created three exciting Virtual Nature Hikes to bring the forest and grassland habitats to your students during distance learning.

Using the interactive techniques of Mrs. Terwilliger, your students will learn about the adaptations of our local plants and animals. Who lives in the redwood forest? What plants and animals are used by the Coast Miwok? What do Dusky-footed Woodrats store in their stick houses? Why do fence lizards do push-ups? Students will learn the answers to these questions as well as what makes each ecosystem special.

  • Grade levels: 2nd - 4th
  • Program length: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Cost: Free

Locations for the Virtual Hikes include Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park, Ring Mountain Open Space, and the Redwood Forest.

Virtual Redwood Forests Nature Hike

Join Terwilliger Nature Guides as they share the magic of the redwood forest.

Have you ever wondered what makes a redwood tree red? Or how Coast Redwoods grow to be the tallest trees on the planet?

We will look at the cones, needles, seeds, and bark of the Coast Redwood and learn why tannin is the secret to their success.

Take a peek in the forest to see a Barred Owl, Bobcat, River Otter, Western Grey Squirrel, and Black-tailed Mule Deer, and discover why the redwood forest is their perfect habitat.

Teacher Resource Guide

Redwood Forest Hike

Virtual Miwok Meadows Nature Hike

Join Terwilliger Nature Guides as they explore Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park.

Come along as they spot a Coyote, Black-tailed Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys, Western Gray Squirrel, Western Fence Lizards, and a Black-tailed Jackrabbit!

Nature Guides share how to spot animal signs such as scat, spider turrets, oak galls, and nests, and explain how these animals make their living in the oak woodland and grassland habitats.

What can you learn by looking at animal scat? Why do fence lizards do push ups? What do Dusky-footed Woodrats store in their huge stick nests? Learn the answers to these questions and so much more!

Teacher Resource Guide

Miwok Meadows Hike

Virtual Ring Mountain Nature Hike

Join Terwilliger Nature Guides as they explore the unique habitats of Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve.

Learn about the plants and animals that the Coast Miwok use and how resident wildlife such as Red-tailed Hawks, Gopher Snakes, Coyotes, and Dusky-footed Woodrats survive in this landscape.

Some of the plants highlighted are Poison Oak, Coast Live Oak, Bay Laurel, Buckeyes and the Tiburon Mariposa Lily that grows nowhere else on earth.

We will also share some of Ring Mountain’s very special geological and cultural features. Discover all of this and more!

Teacher Resource Guide

Ring Mountain Hike