Salt Marsh Safari, Alviso Marina County Park, Saturday, 22. June 2019

Join Santa Clara County Parks staff on an interpretive boat ride through Alviso Slough! Enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes while getting up close and personal with the salt marshes and salt ponds of South San Francisco Bay.  Discover the region’s natural history, shifting shorelines, and how wetlands protect your community from the effects of a changing climate. Participants must be at least 8 years old, and the program is FREE. 
Please note: this Salt Marsh Safari is an evening tour, with sunset at 8:30pm. 

1) What is the minimum age requirement to attend the program? Are there any restrictions?
Participants must be at least 8 years old. Getting on the boat requires walking onto the floating launch ramps, which lack handrails for support and can exhibit instability. All participants will be required to sign a Release of Liability Waiver. Please take a few moments to read, print, and sign the waiver in advance HERE. Parents or legal guardians will need to sign on behalf of accompanying minors. 

2) When and where should I arrive?
Please arrive at least fifteen (15) minutes prior to the tour start time. All unclaimed seats, including reserved seats, will open up to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis FIVE (5) minutes prior to launch. The tour meets at the launch ramp at Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso, CA 95002.

3) What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the tour?
The 58 bus stops at Liberty and Taylor, and is about a 0.5 mile walk from Alviso Marina County Park. If arriving via car, there is a large parking lot with plenty of free parking. 

4) What can I bring into the event?
Alcohol is NOT permitted on the boat. Dogs are also not allowed, for the safety and comfort of all participants involved, and out of respect for the sanctuary status of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Trained ADA service animals are permitted.
Small items should be secured on your person or in a small bag/container to be stowed in a small space beneath each bench. Please note that storage is extremely limited. Large, bulky items, such as backpacks, will not fit under the benches and will need to be left onshore in your personal vehicles to ensure aisles and pathways are kept clear of any hazards. We strongly suggest snacking before or after the boat tour to reduce the potential for polluting the waterway. 
Dress comfortably with sturdy shoes, sun protection, and layers to account for variable weather conditions. Please make sure items like sunglasses and hats can be secured so they won't fly off during the boat tour. Again, weather conditions can vary greatly, from extreme cold, wind, to prolonged sun exposure, sea spray, and choppy waters. 

5) What kind of boat will we be on?
The boat is a pontoon-style catamaran with un-padded bench seating. In order to provide the best possible views on the tour, the boat does not have a roof or a shade structure.

6) How can I contact the organizer?
Please email with any questions.

7) Can I bring a class out on the tour?
If you are an educator for grades 6+ and would like to bring your class out on the slough, visit PARKHERE.ORG and check out our Education Programs page.

8) Anything else?
The staff of Santa Clara County Parks makes the safety of our visitors a priority. Any actions or behaviors that the Park Ranger deems unsafe (putting the safety of others at risk or compromising the integrity of the vessel) could warrant exclusion from the tour or even early termination of the tour. The tour may be cancelled due to unforeseen adverse weather conditions the day of the tour. Cancelation due to predicted weather events will usually be communicated at least one day in advance. 

Salt Marsh Safari

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