The Bay Model Visitor Center is a wonderful, FREE research and education facility built and managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Below are their events in April:
The Bigger Picture: A Brush with Nature – Art Exhibition
August 27th – October 5th
Artists Reception: Saturday, September 14th. 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Chris Adessa and Thomas Wood are landscape painters in Marin County. Their work has supposed nature-conservation organizations, including Gulf of the Farallones Marine Sanctuary, Surfriders Foundation, Golden Gate and Point Reyes National Parks Assocations, Save the Bay, and Marin Agricultural Land Trust. Chris is a happy transplant from the east coast with her art studio in Sausalito. Thomas is a third-generation California landscape painter who lives in Nicasio.
Trekking the Model
Saturdays, September 7th & 14th; October 5th & 26th. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Join one of the Bay Model Visitor Center rangers for a guided tour of the 1.5 acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Learn the history of the site and its two major operations that took place between 1942 – 2000.
California Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 21st. 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join California’s largest annual volunteer event at the 35th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Be one of over 50,000 volunteers state-wide that will help to conserve our marine environment by removing trash and debris along more than 2,000 miles of coast and shoreline. There are over 40 sites in Marin county, so check the Bay Model website for a volunteer opportunity near you.
Ecology and Conservation of Pacific Albatrosses; a Scientist’s and Artist’s Perspective with Breck Tyler and Caren Loebel-Fried
Tuesday, September 24th. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
American Cetacean Society – SF Bay Chapter
Join the Bay Model for their next American Cetacean Society presentation. This captivating evening will be presented by scientist Breck Tyler and artist Caren Loebel-Fried while they explore the ecology and conservation on Pacific Albatrosses. A $10 donation will go towards student research grants.
Marinship and California’s Second Gold Rush
Saturday, September 28th. 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Join Charles Wollenberg, history instructor at Berkeley City College and UC Berkely, for this talk and learn how the story of Marinship fits into larger history of the “Second Gold Rush”, the extraordinary process of social and demographic change produced in the Bay Area by World War II. We advise dressing in layers because it can get cool on the waterfront; and also feel free to bring water and a snack.
A Seaweed Sanctuary – Art Exhibition
October 8th – November 16th
Josie Iselin and Ellen Litwiller come together with delightful visions of seaweed and the wonders that live within. Although they work in different mediums, both have extensive experience bringing art and science together.
John Reber, the Man with Grand Ideas
Saturday, October 19th. 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
The San Francisco Bay Project, also know as the Reber Plan, was designed and advocated in the late 1940’s by John Reber. His vision was a massive civil works project that would take the mouth of the Sacramento River and channel it with locks and dams to collect fresh drinking water. Was his plan a success? Join Ranger Linda to find out if his goal of improving the quality of life for Bay Area residents was achieved.
Marine Mammal research in Malaysia & Vietnam with Ellen Hines
Tuesday, October 22nd. 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.
American Cetacean Society – SF Bay Chapter
Join the Bay Model for their October American Cetacean Society presentation. This enthralling evening will have Dr. Ellen Hines sport on her fascinating Fulbright Fellowship work doing surveys off the coastline of Malaysia and measuring bones in Vietnamese whale temples.. A $10 donation will go towards student research grants.
The Bay Model Wants You!!!
The Bay Model Visitor Center needs a variety of volunteers just like you! Join one of Sausalito’s best known attractions and help in the bookstore, greet visitors, lead tours, help out with school groups, and more. You’ll get to be a part of one of the largest working hydraulic models in existence! Contact Park Ranger, Joanne Jarvis, at 415.289.3027 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Entry to all events is FREE, although donations are always welcome. Parking is also free. Have a group of 10 or more? Reserve a free guided tour for your class, club, or group. Interested in the Marinship area? Free guided tours of the historic waterfront are available to small groups on weekday mornings. For both tours, please contact the manager at least 2 weeks prior to make a reservation. Phone: 415.332.3871
Tuesday through Saturday 9:00AM – 4:00PM
Closed: Sundays and Mondays, and Saturday, Oct. 21 in honor of Columbus Day.