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San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society
P.O. Box 234, Newark, CA 94560-0234
Phone: (510) 792-0222 ext 364
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Visitor Center at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

2 Marshlands Rd
Fremont, CA 94555
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on all federal holidays.

Driving directions to the Visitor Center at Fremont, CA

From Highway 84 (at the east end of the Dumbarton Bridge near the toll plaza), exit at Thornton Avenue. Travel south on Thornton Avenue for 0.8 miles to the Refuge entrance on the right. Turn right into the Refuge and follow signs to the parking lot. The Visitor Center is located by the first parking lot to your right.

The Visitor Center overlooks the restored LaRiviere Marsh, where birds can be seen in the tidal wetlands, along an interpretive board walk trail. Inside you will find wildlife exhibits, an audiovisual room with an interactive display to identify the wildlife you may see, and a Nature Store. Proceeds from the sale of books, toys, T-shirts and other educational items benefit the Refuge's educational programs. Outside, walk the trails to enjoy the San Francisco Baylands environment, local native plants, and protected wildlife. A short walk leads up a small hill, with views over miles of salt marsh, tidal sloughs, mudflats, and salt ponds; or down to the wetlands bordering the bay, where you can learn about local native plants, rest in the pavilion, and explore the history and wildlife of the area. Please call 510-792-0222 ext. 363 for further information.

Environmental Education Center at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge

1751 Grand Blvd Alviso, CA 95002
Hours: Saturdays 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed on all federal holidays.

Driving directions to the Environmental Education Center at Alviso, CA

From I-880 or Highway 101, exit on Highway 237 toward Alviso. Turn north onto Zanker Road. Continue on Zanker Road to the Environmental Education Center entrance road (a sharp right turn at Grand Blvd.) The distance from 237 to the entrance road is 2.1 miles.

The Environmental Education Center at the southern end of San Francisco Bay is surrounded by uplands, marshes, salt ponds, and a freshwater tidal slough. The building, designed for education, contains two classrooms, an auditorium, and an enclosed observation tower. Trails and a new boardwalk through the seasonal wetland habitat make it easy to see and explore the natural wonders of the South Bay. The Environmental Education Center is open by reservation to school field trip groups Monday - Friday. Please call about weekend interpretive programs!! It is closed on all national holidays. Please call 408-262-5513 in advance to verify hours. The trails are open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset. If the gates are locked please park and walk in to enjoy the trails.