Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies

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SF State's bayside marine and estuarine research facility.

Become a Bay Shore Studies Docent!


Do you love kids and San Francisco Bay?

Learn how to lead 3rd-5th graders on their “best field trip ever.”

What is the Bay Shore Studies program? Bay Shore Studies is a field trip that brings out the natural scientists in 3rd-5th grade students.Volunteers lead small groups of students in a hands-on exploration of the natural world revealed at low tide at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary (RBAC). We find what lives among the rocks and in the mud and sand, and guide students in their own discovery of each organism’s role in the ecology of the Bay. Many students have never touched a marine invertebrate and some may never have been on a beach before. By the end of our field trips, students are asking questions, making predictions, using observation skills, collecting evidence and expressing their own ideas about marine life.

Why volunteer? Since its beginning in 1974, the Bay Shore Studies program has provided outstanding learning opportunities for 3rd-5th grade students, and dedicated volunteers have been the driving force. We need your help to continue this important community tradition of environmental education!


No experience is necessary! We provide training, resources, and plenty of opportunities to practice your new skills. Prospective volunteers must have weekday availability.


Join us for Bay Shore Studies Docent Training! Thursday, October 12 - December 14 (no class on 11/23 or 12/7). The training and materials fee is $65. Details and registration on Eventbrite

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