San Francisco Bay NERR

The San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) encompasses over 3,700 acres of tidal marshes and undeveloped uplands that serve as research sites, outdoor classrooms, and recreation destinations. Reserve staff work to restore tidal marshes and strengthen the coastal community through research, monitoring, training, and education. As a staff we are working to be strong allies and provide stewardship for our local frontline communities around our reserve sites and throughout the Estuary.





News & Events


  • Helicopter dropping fire suppressant on a controlled burn in Rush Ranch.
    New data-rich lesson plans connect science learning with current natural events. As the weather warms, and the salinity in the estuary increases, data-rich lesson plans written by 2019 graduate student int…
  • People holding hands
    San Francisco Bay NERR held the first of a series of meetings about how we can “be the change we want to see in the world”… After a couple of weeks of exchanging reading lists and email conversations, and participating in a campus-wide Town Hall di…
  • Dew on marsh plants
    Learn about marsh plant species and how they are monitored with this virtual plant identification activity Every fall, we spend many days in the marsh surveying the different plant species that are present in our reserve. We have p… Activity Can you find these species in our plots? What is your estimate of their percent cover in each plot?  …          


Recent Highlights

California Oyster Restoration

Read about collaborative California oyster restoration research projects in the face of climate change.

Restoration Project StoryMap

Check out a storymap on recent restoration project completed at Lower Spring Branch Creek.

Hiring Education Coordinator

The big news in the SF Bay NERR Education sector is that we are hiring an Education Coordinator! 

Upcoming Trainings

Current training and workshop opportunities – from living shorelines to communicating science 




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