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Saturday, March 16, 10:30-3:15 pm

Island Hopping!—Angel Island Walk

Ferry to and from Angel Island together!

Join us this season for three island visits, starting with a Walk around Angel Island. Hosted by Shaping San Francisco, we will visit the former Immigration Station, as well as other historic sites. We will also circumnavigate the island and climb Mt. Livermore to the highest point with a great view of the bay, in what is now a State Park.

Tours are FREE, but each participant pays their own round trip ferry passage. Attendance limited. RSVP required to shaping@foundsf.org.


This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!

Thursday, March 21, 1-3:30 pm

Along the Yardarm: Maritime History and Resources

Walking Tour

Get a look inside the spaces holding our San Francisco water-based stories, interpretations, and archives. Starting with a visit to the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park Visitor Center with its excellent “Waterfront Exhibit,” wander with us past the evolving Hyde Street Pier to the Maritime Museum inside the historic Aquatic Park Bathhouse Building. There we are introduced to the WPA murals and maritime era artifacts by a National Park Service Ranger, including a special visit to the 3rd floor restored murals. The newly opened Black Point Terrace Gardens lead us up to Fort Mason, through the Great Meadow, and to the Maritime Research Center where librarians host and introduce us to the resources they steward. Stay with us afterwards for no host refreshments at the Interval Bar at Long Now. Presented with the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and Research Center. RSVP required to shaping@foundsf.org.


This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!

Saturday, March 23, 9 am

Kayak Tour of Islais Creek

with Kayaks Unlimited (attendance limited!)

Experienced and first-time kayakers are welcome to explore this waterway while learning about the history and peculiarities of this place. Kayaks and flotation gear provided. Must sign a Kayaks Unlimited waiver. ATTENDANCE LIMITED! RSVP required to shaping@foundsf.org.


This is a free event, but we gladly accept donations. donate now!

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