50 Years in the Field

An Evening Outside with NatureBridge

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Signature Event
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May 12, 2022 05:00PM - 09:30PM
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1033 Fort Cronkhite, Sausalito, CA 94965
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This event is sold out. Please email eroberts@naturebridge.org to be added to the wait list.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is home to over 80,000 acres of protected land, 91 miles of shoreline, 19 distinct ecosystems, 2,000 plant and animal species and, for one night this May, a celebration 50 years in the making. Founded in 1971 in Yosemite National Park, NatureBridge (then Yosemite Institute) is in its 50th year of connecting young people to the wonder and science of the natural world through overnight, hands-on environmental science programs in nature's most magnificent classroom—our national parks.

Join us in the Marin Headlands and be inspired by our history, our parks and our future, joining the tens of thousands of students who have passed through our Golden Gate campus since 1977. Your attendance supports NatureBridge's outdoor environmental science programs that connect young people to the wonder and science of the natural world, igniting self-discovery and inspiring stewardship of our planet.

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In the Field

Our evening begins with an outdoor reception at the heart of our Golden Gate campus featuring:

  • Educator-led, hands-on experiences highlighting environmental science, social emotional learning and the student experience at NatureBridge
  • A cozy campfire to settle into the national park experience
  • Appetizers from celebrated Bay Area chefs from Reve Bistro, Zuni Cafe and more!
  • Apéritif from L'Apéro Les Trois, specialty cocktails, local beer and award-winning wine

Following cocktail hour, you'll take a short hike (shuttle also available) to a heated tent overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The program will feature:

  • A gourmet farm-to-table dinner
  • Inspirational guest speakers
  • A celebration of NatureBridge's first 50 years and an exploration of what's next

COVID-19 Considerations

To help ensure the safety of our guests, we're asking all attendees to take a PCR test within three days of the event or an antigen (rapid) test within 24 hours of the event. At registration, you'll be asked to verbally confirm that you tested and received a negative result and that you have been free of COVID symptoms for the previous 10 days. Please be prepared to mask in all indoor spaces. We will have masks on hand for guest who don't have their own.

While you will be missed, please stay home if you test positive or are experiencing symptoms. Ticket refunds will be issues upon request if you cannot attend due to COVID-19. Please email eroberts@naturebridge.org to learn more. 

Attire—Out(doors) for Dinner

We invite you to explore what "outdoorsy chic" means to you—nice jeans, a classic button up and a fleece? Great! Remember that layers are a must in the Marin Headlands and leave your heels at home—walking shoes or boots are in order. The event will be held rain or shine. 

NatureBridge students and staff pose next to the Headlands Institute sign in 1977.
A NatureBridge trail group in the Marin Headlands in 1977
Meet our


Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant

Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant is a wildlife ecologist with an expertise in uncovering how human activity influences carnivore behavior and ecology. In particular, she focuses on the ecological and social drivers of human-carnivore conflict. Her current field system encompasses the central coast of California where she is studying the unique ecology of carnivores in coastal zones, as well as the role of protected areas in connectivity of high quality habitat for large carnivores. Her previous research questions surrounded the ecological drivers of human-carnivore conflict with grizzly bears in the Northern Great Plains, black bears in the Western Great Basin, African lions in rural Kenya and Tanzania, as well as grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

A native Californian, Dr. Wynn-Grant attributes her interest in wildlife and conservation from the television shows she watched as a child. She was introduced to the field of conservation biology as an undergraduate and is unapologetic about her passion for studying charismatic megafauna. Dr. Wynn-Grant serves on the Board of Directors for NatureBridge, where she largely aids the organizations in their equity, inclusion, and diversity strategies.

Dr. Wynn-Grant received her B.S. in Environmental Studies from Emory University, her M.S. in Environmental Studies from Yale University, and her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Columbia University. She completed a Conservation Science Research and Teaching Postdoctoral fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. She is currently a Research Faculty member at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management leading carnivore research on the Jack and Laura Dangermond Preserve. She maintains a Research Fellow position with National Geographic Society focusing on carnivore conservation in partnership with the American Prairie Reserve and a Visiting Scientist position at the American Museum of Natural History.

Selma at the 2016 Gala

Selma Ruiz

We first met Selma in 2016 when she was a 14-year-old student at One Spark Academy in Southern California, when she was awarded NatureBridge's Student of the Year award. Her first trip to Yosemite with NatureBridge changed the trajectory of her life and inspired her future studies. She is now a second year environmental studies student at the University of California, Santa Cruz where she continues to incorporate her love of nature in her academic and personal life. Through conservation work, she is continuing the tradition of environmental stewardship she learned years ago during her inaugural NatureBridge trip.

Thank you to our


NatureBridge's first 50 years would not have been possible without our community of supporters. Thanks to your generous support, sponsorship opportunities for an Evening Outside with NatureBridge are now sold out.

Special Thanks to Our Event Committee

Ananda Baron | Raoul Goff | Alan Krepack | Liz Valentine | Alice Prager Warren | Ivy Archer Winters

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Marin Headlands

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
1033 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965

This event is sold out
Please email eroberts@naturbridge.org to sign up for the wait list