Nature Bridge Program
Location: NatureBridge at Golden Gate 1033 Fort Cronkhite Sausalito, CA 94965
Hours: vary by program
Description: Nature Bridge Program is a program dedicated to connecting the youth to the outdoors. They have six different National Park locations including the Golden Gate branch in Sausalito. By chance I found out about this event and signed my family up for their night hike. It was about a two hour program where we journeyed to their location on Rodeo Beach and enjoyed several different facets of the program for the evening. First we got to start out visiting their educational center which had some indoor tide pools with several different sea creatures including small crabs, starfish, and sea anemones. Next we met at their group circle to split off into hiking groups. We immediately walked over to Rodeo Beach to take in the views. I was so happy the hike was over to the beach because as we drove in it looked so beautiful! We had the opportunity to sit on the beach for awhile and the leader of the group gave us all paper and crayons to draw what we saw. My oldest daughter made some new friends and started building with driftwood with them. After sitting for a nice amount of time we took off up the hill of a nearby mountain for a better view of the location. Luckily for my crew- my one and a half year old and my mom (who needed a walking stick) the hike was not too grueling. We held up the back end of the group up much to my 7 year old's dismay but we were able to at least do it all. After the hike we met back at the circle with the other group for a campfire and s'mores. That was probably the kids favorite part.
Highlights: The highlight for me were the stunning views on the beach. I had never been to Rodeo Beach before and was quite happy to discover what I had been missing. The highlight for my 7 year old was building with driftwood on the beach which she would of happily done for a much longer time and of course the s'mores, which she ate 3 of.
Tips: Don't over pack yourself! We thought we were going to be gone on the hike much longer than we were and over packed a backpack full of layers, water, diapers, snacks, etc. You will not be journeying too far from your car and really don't need any of that. It became sort of a burden to carry and we really didn't need any of it.