Inspiring people to explore and protect the natural world of the Bay Area
Bay Nature Institute inspires people through media and personal experience to explore and protect the diverse and beautiful natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area.
"I cannot express how enthusiastic I am about Bay Nature... if we can get the local population to understand even one-tenth as much about living systems as they do about operating systems, we can transform the nine-county region." - Paul Hawken, Author
Bay Nature magazine was recognized by the Western Publications Association as "Best Consumer Quarterly" in 2003; winner of WPA awards for "Best Editorial Supplement" in 2005 and 2010; and winner of 2005 "Best Site Publication" award from National Association of Interpretation. In addition, Bay Nature Co-founder, Publisher, and Executive Director David Loeb has received several honors for his leadership in publishing Bay Nature, including the 2009 John Muir Environmental Education Conservation Award, and in 2011 Save Mount Diablo’s Mountain Star Media Award and the Bay Institute’s Carla Bard Bay Education Award.
Bay Nature magazine is our flagship program. It was launched in January 2001 with lead funding from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. Total circulation is approximately 8,500; additionally, thousands of standalone copies of the editorial supplements have been distributed by partner agencies and organizations.