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    Foraging Basics: Fall Mushrooms and Wild Edible Plants

    Trackers Earth
    Don't let getting lost in the woods upset your healthy dinner plans! Or your "anything" dinner plans, for that matter. After this course is complete, you'll be able to make a salad from wild edibles commonly found in the forest, including plants and mushrooms. Your instructor will teach you to identify and locate species that are safe to eat, some of which you'll harvest to take home with you. You'll also cover foraging regulations in Northern California, and develop your knowledge of seasonal growth patterns. Now, if only there was a way to forage some ranch dressing.
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    Coastal Fishing Tour

    Sea Forager Tours
    If you're looking for THE fish-centric tour in San Francisco, this is it right here. Kirk Lombard will be your trusty tour guide on this fishy (in a good way) adventure. Kirk is a champion eel fisher who has been featured in prestigious publications such as the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, the Food Network, and more! You'll watch as he pulls crabs and eels from the urban waters while entertaining you with fascinating talk about local seafood, sustainability, history of the fisheries, and beyond! Learn the basics of how to "poke pole" for the flavorful monkeyface eel, how to catch rock crabs, and how to throw a "Hawaiian casting net." You'll also discover the BEST local mollusks and learn how to ensure you aren't eating dodgy ones! Come learn why you should consider catching your own dinner!
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    Free Dragon Boat Class

    Bay Area Dragons - Dragonboat Racing
    Unless you're Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones and have real dragons to ride -- this is the next best thing! Dragon Boat Racing is a an ancient Chinese sport that goes back more than 2,000 years. Gear up in your personal flotation device (a.k.a life jacket) and take your spot in this 44-foot canoe. Learn to paddle the right way as everyone plays a vital part in this HUGE, 20-person canoe. It's similar to rowing or crew, but much more fun -- there's a drummer on the boat! It's a great team building activity, or something fun for your group of friends to do. So giddy up, Dragon Boat! Okay we agree, riding a REAL dragon would be way cooler -- but this is as close as you're going to get.
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    Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip

    Take time out for a day trip into the wild beauty of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco. Enjoy the beautiful countryside and discover the raw beauty of California's most famous national park. Your journey begins with a drive through San Joaquin Valley and into the Sierra Nevada range. In the morning, you will be driven to a giant sequoia grove (snow depth permitting), stopping along the way for a bird's-eye view of the whole valley. You can relax in the picnic area and have lunch (not included) among the giant sequoia trees.After lunch, you will have the opportunity to go on a short one-hour hike to the falls or grab a snack at the Yosemite Lodge. You will have three to four hours to spend at Yosemite National Park, with a range of activities to suit everyone, which may include some of the following: Hike to one of Yosemite's waterfalls Watch the climbers on El Capitan Rent bikes for a relaxing cycle on the flat bike paths throughout the valley Cool off in lovely river pools in summer Spot a black bear Relax at the visitors center, with museums, restaurants and the Ansel Adams Gallery to inspire every amateur photographer When it's time to head back to San Francisco, you will drive down the Sierra Nevada stopping along the way for a short break.Please note: The weather in Yosemite is highly variable and includes rain and snow in winter and high temperatures in summer. The itinerary may be adapted to make the most of Yosemite during different seasons and times of the year.
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    Yosemite Hotel Tour (Cedar Lodge Along the Merced River)

    Incredible Adventures
    On this Yosemite Hotel 2-Day Tour, you'll have enough time and flexibility to see everything the park has to offer while still sleeping comfortably in your own hotel room. The tour is fully-guided so you get a more complete, personal experience. During your two days, you will see and photograph such famous highlights as Yosemite Falls (the tallest waterfall in North America), El Capitan, Half Dome, Bridalveil Falls, and Inspiration Point. The tour also includes a trip to Glacier Point and a hike among the Giant Sequoias (weather permitting).
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    Wilderness Survival Clinic (Santa Cruz)

    Adventure Out
    Leave civilization for another day and come learn the ancient, essential skills of wilderness survival. In this exciting class, you'll learn everything you need to know about staying safe and warm out in the backcountry. Surrounded by beautiful redwood forests, you will learn learn shelter building techniques that date back to the native Californians, as well as how to make a friction fire, find edible plants, and develop ancient trapping techniques. From a novice camper to seasoned backpacker, this class is bound to teach you something new and useful. Leave life's hustle and bustle behind and get back to nature. It might come in handy some day.
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    Surfing (Santa Cruz)

    Adventure Out
    Wax up your board and head to the beach! In this in-depth clinic, you'll learn everything you need to know to be a skilled and conscientious surfer. You will cover ocean conditions, wave breaks, wave etiquette, safety in and out of the water, and practical techniques like pop ups, balance, and wave riding. Starting out in the shallow whitewater, you'll get comfortable with your new skills before you venture out into the crests. Whether you're a complete beginner or simply looking for some extra practice before striking out on your own, this class will have you hanging ten in the pipeline in no time.
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    6 Hr Kiteboarding Lesson (Emeryville)

    KGB Kiteboarding
    How do you combine the thrill of an extreme sport like wakeboarding with the pleasure of kite-flying? Try out kiteboarding, the hybrid sport that's taking the leisure world by storm! KGB Kiteboarding will give you an introductory lesson and teach you the basic fundamentals of this exciting new sport. You'll progress at whatever pace is comfortable for you, with instruction adjusted to your ability level. This course, which can be spread over 2 days, is designed to get you ready to practice independently by the end of its 6 hour duration. So even if you've never ridden a kiteboard before, you can expect to independently capable of kiteboarding by the time you're done! Happy boarding!
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    Basic Animal Tracking

    Adventure Out
    Do those broken twigs mean something? How long ago did that deer pass? Do you need to be worried about mountain lions? The answers are all around you -- that is, if you know how to see them. In this in-depth introduction, you'll cover all different aspects of tracking, like clear print track identification, animal behavior and pattern tracking, landscape disturbance tracking, as well as human tracking, track aging, and tracking tools and journaling techniques. Whether you're a hiker looking to steer clear of bears or you simply just want to know more about what's happening in your local park, this class is the perfect way to experience nature to its fullest.
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    Yosemite National Park Day Trip

    Get out of town! Exchange the big-city charms of San Francisco for the fresh air and natural beauty of Yosemite, California's most famous national park. Choose to start your time in Yosemite with a reserved lunch at the renown Ahwahnee Dining Room or head straight to the park to begin your adventure. Take a walking tour of the park with your knowledgeable guide or strikeout on your own. You'll have around four hours within Yosemite to explore the scenic wonders of Yosemite Valley. Begin your journey with hotel pickup by luxury bus or van complete with posh amenities like hardwood style floors in the bus and wifi in all vehicles. After crossing the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, you'll travel through the Great Central Valley and into the Sierra foothills, where the Forty-Niners panned for gold. Following the beautiful Merced River to the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you'll enter Yosemite National Park. Glaciers cut through these mountains, forming the spectacular granite monuments you'll see throughout the park. There are many sights and activities to keep you occupied. Visit the Ansel Adams art gallery or rent a bike (own expense). Spend time at the visitor's center to learn more about this beautiful park or head to the ranger's station for engaging walks and talks. Watch basket-weaving and beading demonstrations in the Indian Village of Ahwahnee or take a stroll along the Merced River. You'll have approximately four hours to spend in the park. You'll join your guide for a hike to the base of Yosemite Falls or you may choose to adventure on your own. You'll have approximately three hours to explore the park with or without your guide. Highlights on your Yosemite National Park day trip include: San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge Sierra Nevada Range El Capitan Bridalveil Falls Vernal Falls Merced River Yosemite Falls Cathedral Spires Half Dome At 4 pm, reconvene and head back to San Francisco, driving through the Stanislaus National Forest, with a feeling of fulfillment having seen one of the worlds greatest wonders.
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