Earth Day at the Refuge

Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Don Edwards SFB NWR EEC, 1751 Grand Blvd San Jose, CA 95002

Celebrate Earth Day with the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and partners! Join us at the Refuge to celebrate our Earth and its vital plant and animal species at the Refuge!

Join us any time from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Sunday, April 21st, at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. The event will be an open house, with time to explore, learn more about our endangered species, join a guided walk or ranger program, participate in some arts & crafts, and much more as we celebrate our Earth!

Come early to volunteer with habitat restoration with our Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and SF Bay Bird Observatory! From 9am-12pm, you can make a difference by Weeding for Wildlife. Separate registration is required to reserve your spot:


(1) Volunteer: Weeding for Wildlife

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Volunteer to help the environment by removing invasive vegetation from the marsh! Removing these weeds will help make way for installing native plants in the fall and winter to benefit pollinators and other species. Registration required:
This activity is brought to you by Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful and San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory.

(2) Nature Store Pop-Up

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Stop by and shop the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society's Nature Store Pop-Up to pick up all of your nature-inspired items and gifts. Proceeds help to support the San Francisco Bay NWR Complex and the wildlife that call it home.

(3) Family Story Walk: A Home for Salty

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Storybooks are a great way to connect children & families to nature. Join us for a self-guided Story Walk through the habitats of Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge! As you walk down the trail, stop and read the story about Salty, the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, who is looking for her perfect home (habitat). We will provide an activity booklet to guide you along this self-guided family walk around the marsh. The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT, and developed in collaboration with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Storywalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson. This activity is brought to you by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society. Funding is provided by Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program and Cargill, Inc.

(4) Learn to Cast

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Join Ranger Miguel for a casting game and learn about the basics of fishing! All materials are provided in this beginner-friendly casting game! This activity is brought to you by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Extra Considerations and Accommodations:

  • We expect the weather to be warm and sunny, so we encourage everyone to wear sun protection like sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses! We also encourage you to wear comfortable and breathable clothes that are good for exploring the trails and bring layers in case it gets a bit windy. The entire event will take place outside, and we want everyone to feel comfortable and have fun!
  • If you plan on arriving around lunchtime, there will be some picnic tables and benches available for you to enjoy your packed lunches.
  • ADA compliant parking spaces, trails, and restrooms are available on-site.
  • Restrooms will be available on-site in the form of an ADA-compliant portable toilet and hand-washing station.

If you need any additional accommodations or have any questions, please email us at, and we will do our best to respond to all requests.

This program is brought to you by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society (SFBWS) thanks to support from the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program (SCVURPPP).

Thank you to our Earth Day partners, including: Saved by Nature, Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful, San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory, Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society.

Prior Reservation: