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Activating Schoolyards for Communities

On a bright Saturday afternoon in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood, Will Portillo grabbed a soccer ball and his kids, Moses, 10, and Michael, 2, and walked them one block to Paul Revere Elementary School, where Moses is finishing up 4th grad …

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Dredging up an Ecosystem

Horned Grebe dining on a polychaete worm (Alitta sp.) offshore from the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. Polychaete worms are part of the benthic macroinvertebrate community that can be affected by dredging activity. (Photo by Raul Agrait, iNat …

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Getting Granular Gives Transcendent Take on Food

Fine art and commercial photographer Caren Alpert. When San Francisco photographer Caren Alpert first started shooting food through a scanning  electron microscope, it was just for fun. Then a chance encounter put her extraordinary images of ordinary e …

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A Space to Breathe

All-day twilight caused by wildfire smoke. Photo: Thom Milkovic Communities around the Bay Area are meeting the new reality of “smoke season” with plans for neighborhood Clean Air Centers, sometimes on a pop-up basis. Retrofits to facilities, as well a …

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Life in the Bike Lane

A spring ride event organized by Bike East Bay. During the pandemic, people hopped on bicycles for sanity and recreation. Local bike shops struggled to meet demand, and Bay Area communities closed streets to car traffic to make it safer for bike riders …

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Pleasures and Perils of Mushrooming in the Bay Area

Debbie Viess mushroom hunting at Mt. Shasta. Credit David Rust Debbie Viess is dreaming of morels, delicate wild mushrooms that pop up as the cool of winter yields to the warmth of spring. Her favorite recipe for morels when they’re tiny and tender is …

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From Growing Up By to Restoring the Bay

Michelle Orr, pictured while perfecting her sourdough during shelter-in-place. Environmental engineer Michelle Orr’s life has been interwoven with the San Francisco Bay since childhood. “I grew up in Oakland with a view of the bay, and we went sailing …

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Rooting Gardens in California Native Plants

Spring is prime bloom time in California native plant gardens. Photo by Allison Kidder What if, with one fell swoop, you could support wildlife, provide yourself with beautiful daily scenes of birth and regrowth, all while using barely any resources or …

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Circumambulating the Little Hill

From the 338-foot summit of Albany Hill, Margot Cunnigham surveys sweeping vistas of the Golden Gate, Oakland, the East Bay hills, Mt. Tamalpais, and beyond. “So many people don’t know about this place,” says Cunningham, the city of Albany’s natural ar …

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Pedal Assist: Will Corporate Lending Programs Spur Bike Commuting?

Photo courtesy of Genentech. A series of music, food and fitness events are happening in San Francisco this week to welcome people back to the downtown area after two years of working from home. However, will returning to the commute be just like ridin …

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