Welcome to our Watershed Appreciation Event & Photo Contest!
August 4, 8am - August 13, 8pm
We’re proud to be celebrating 20 years of inspiring communities to understand, appreciate and protect their local watersheds!
As part of our celebration, we invite you to share your photos of your watershed explorations during the week of 8/4-8/13. Take a photo and submit your photo to the contest using the hashtag #TWPphotocontest2017 on either Instagram or Facebook. If you prefer to email your submission, send it to email@example.com.
We'll be sharing some of our favorite parks, activities and other info each day of the contest right here on this page.
Watershed Appreciation Photo Contest Categories:
- Families #familiesinwatersheds
- Water #waterinwatersheds
- Wildlife #wildlifeinwatersheds
The top three photos from each category will be shared on Facebook and you’ll have a chance to vote for your favorite. The winning photo from each category will win a prize, be featured on our website and become The Watershed Project postcards to educate others about watersheds and how to protect them.
8/12-8/13: Weekend Exploration
On Saturday, visit Redwood Regional Park. This redwood-filled gem tucked away behind Oakland is a wonderful place for the whole family. Walk along the creek, have a picnic or play at the playground.
Family Activity: Create nature art on the special art trail.
On Sunday, visit Stege Marsh, accessed from Shimada Friendship Park.
Here you can walk along the Bay Trail and see the various zones of the marsh, as well as restoration and cleanup efforts by The Watershed Project.
Family Activity: Marsh in a Pan
Monday 8/7: Visit the Bay
Sure, it’s the start of the work week, but you can still squeeze in a run or walk on the Bay Trail!
Map by Number - see what section of the Bay Trail you’re closest to, or a new section you’d like to explore and discover the different areas through easy-to-read maps.
Get on the Trail - have this interactive map show you options based on what you want to do. Choose from a list of 15 Outing Options (top of the page drop down menu) ranging from walking and biking to learning (education) and fishing, and many more!
Family Activity: Riparian Bird Beaks
8/5-8/6: Weekend Exploration
On Saturday, visit Point Pinole Regional Park!
Kid, dog, horse, bike, stroller, and explorer friendly! This regional park has several miles of interwoven trails (paved and dirt/gravel) that will take you along cliff edges, under eucalyptus trees, and across stretches of meadows and wild flowers. Don't forget binoculars for spectacular bird watching options (including an osprey nest out on the old pier)!
Family Activity: Check out The Watershed Project oyster reef just off the pier! Scope out when low tides are happening to time your visit so that you can see the oysters and other organisms growing on and around the reef balls.
On Sunday, go up higher in the San Francisco Bay Watershed and visit Briones Regional Park!
Beautiful and secluded, Briones is an excellent place for a hike to see water, wildlife, and wildflowers.
Family Activity: Plant Scavenger Hunt