Retreat Center | Golden Gate

Conference Facilities

Stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, delicious meals, and peaceful surroundings make NatureBridge the ideal location for day, weekend, and summer retreats.

Your NatureBridge Conference 

Thank you so much for choosing to host your conference with us in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. We’ve put together the resources you need to streamline the planning process.  Please look over the contents below.  Have questions about any of these forms?  Contact Natalie Sekowski at 415-332-5771 ext 18.

 

Event Guidelines and Preparations for Participants & Coordinators

A must-read for every NatureBridge Conference guest, this document outlines the information needed to ensure a successful event.

Conference Sample Menu

Delicious breakfasts, lunches, and dinners await you at NatureBridge. This planning document gives you an idea of what to expect. Our chefs will develop a unique menu for your event based on the freshest ingredients.

Youth Guidelines

The safety of all participants is our number one priority at NatureBridge. If you are bringing any participants under the age of 18, we ask that you adhere to these guidelines.

Conference Room Set-Up

Use this guide to select the best room set-up for your event. Please let our conference team know your preferred set-up prior to your event.

Naturalist Programming

NatureBridge is committed to connecting youth and adults to the natural world. Our trained Naturalists can lead your group on a hike or challenge your group to build stronger working relationships through creative team-building exercises.

Directions & Maps

Because cell phone coverage can be spotty in the Marin Headlands, we recommend that all participants have a copy of the directions to our site.

Please help us ensure a successful event by returning the following items on time:

Contract & Deposit

See your Welcome Letter for due dates.

Remaining Balance

Due at least 30 days prior to your event.

Required Insurance

Due no later than 30 days prior to your event.

Dietary Restrictions

Due no later than 21 days prior to your event.

Alcohol Policy

If you have pre-arranged with NatureBridge to have beer and/or wine at your event, this document must be returned at least 21 days prior to your event.

Registration Form

If you have reserved a Naturalist program as a part of your Event, every participant must complete this form.

How do I make a reservation?

Ready to book your retreat by the beach? Contact our reservations team! We will work with you to review available dates and design a package that fits your group’s specific needs. A signed contract and 25% deposit are required to book your reservation. Full balance and proof of insurance are due a month before your event takes place.

Call Jeanelle Steiner, 415-332-5771, ext 28 or click the Request Information button!

What is your cancellation policy?

Because the group’s confirmed reservation creates a series of commitments which NatureBridge must make (i.e. turning away other groups, scheduling staff, ordering food, etc.), we are unable to refund deposits. Groups cancelling within 90-days of their scheduled event, are responsible for the full payment.

What does it mean that your dorms are shared?

At NatureBridge, we work to cultivate a community of learning and collaboration. Our dorms are typically shared by all groups on site and are gender-separated by building. Our main dorms sleep approximately 60-70 people each. Beds are twin-sized bunk beds, and we ask participants to provide their own linens. Groups can expect to have participants from other groups sharing the same dorm rooms and bathrooms. Bathrooms have private stalls and individual showers.

What activities do you provide or can you do in the area?

Naturalist Programs with NatureBridge: As a part of your NatureBridge retreat, you can schedule a Naturalist program led by our exceptional educators. NatureBridge’s trained Naturalists are prepared to lead you on hikes (from easy to adventurous), teach you about the wildlife and plants of the Marin Headlands, take you on a stroll through the military bunkers and ranchlands of the Park’s history, or bring your group together through creative team building.

The Marin Headlands: The Marin Headlands offers a variety of activities for everybody in your group. Once here in the Park, participants can enjoy a popular 30-minute hike around the Lagoon Trail to the Visitor’s Center to learn more. Visit the National Park Service’s website for more information.

Sausalito: The town nearest to our campus is Sausalito. A delightful, bayside community, Sausalito has several restaurants, grocery stores, pharmacies, gift shops, and other places to treat your retreat participants or pick-up essentials forgotten at home.

Marine Mammal Center: We’re proud to have the Marine Mammal Center as our neighbor here in the Marin Headlands. Docent-Led Tours are ideal for individuals and families (9 people, or fewer) that want to learn more about the work of the Center. If your group has 10 people or more, please email learn@tmmc.org to inquire about large-group experiences held at the Center.

What are the best transportation options?

We are located in a remote area of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  Public transportation is limited and may not be available every day or from your area. Arriving by carpool is the best way to reach us. Uber, Lyft, Western Eagle Shuttle, and Marin Door-to-Door have also been used by our guests in the past, but please check availability with any company before booking about their ability to reach our site.

Transportation time from the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is approximately 45 to 90 minutes by car or bus depending on traffic.

Can we bring alcohol?

Because our campus serves school groups throughout much of the year, we restrict alcohol on site. Group Coordinators can arrange to bring beer and/or wine with our conference team. Sorry, no hard alcohol is permitted. Beer and/or wine can be stored and consumed in meeting rooms only.

Will our cell phones work?

Cell phone coverage is spotty in the Marin Headlands. NatureBridge provides free wireless internet access for our guests. Additionally, each meeting room has it’s own landline telephone for guests to use.

Do you have internet available?

Free, wireless internet is provided across our entire campus for participants. Please note that we cannot fully guarantee the availability of internet access due to the possibility of bad weather or unforeseen technical issues here at our remote beach location. If an issue arises, we will strive to fix it as quickly as possible.

Where should we park?

NatureBridge has two parking lots on campus. Overflow parking is also available near the lagoon and in the public parking lot near the beach, as well as between our campus and the Marine Mammal Center. Take a look at our Maps and Directions Sheet for the parking lot nearest your meeting room.

I have dietary restrictions - what can you accommodate?

NatureBridge is dedicated to providing a safe dining experience for our guests. We are pleased to be able to accommodate several dietary restrictions. Please see our Dietary Restrictions sheet for more information.

What can we expect in your dining hall?

Our dining hall serves, fresh, delicious meals buffet-style. Meal times are set, so be sure to plan your retreat so you can be on time. Check out our sample menu for an idea of what you you’ll be enjoying while with us. At NatureBridge, the dining hall is also a shared space with other groups on campus. Seating is open for all groups, and we ask all participants to bus their own tables.

or contact Jeanelle Steiner at 415-332-5771 ext 28

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