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UC Cooperative Extension Alameda County

Letter From Our Bay Area County Director


As we transition from the health aspect to the economic impacts of COVID-19, our most vulnerable and underserved populations are and will continue to be disproportionately impacted. Poverty among predominantly communities of color continue to impact educational opportunities. Food security is and will continue to be a concern, as those most impacted do not have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy lifestyle. In addition, the senseless death of George Floyd has once again highlighted institutionalized racial injustices in America.

As our President, Janet Napolitano stated, and echoed once more by our Vice President, Glenda Humiston, "As leaders of the largest public research university in the United States, we feel silence is complicity." I want to encourage all of you to recognize and understand your own privileges, examine your biases, validate experiences and feelings of people of color and challenge colorblind ideologies. Read More

Frank McPherson
SF Bay Area County Director
Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco & San Mateo


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Introducing Elkus Ranch Adventure Day

A private outdoor day of fun at UC Elkus Ranch for social bubbles* of children and adults.

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Participants can spend the day caring for our animals and gardens, making a nature-themed craft, going on hikes around the property, and so much more!


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Elkus Ranch

Private Family Tours Now Offered

Homeschooling families are invited to venture out to a new learning environment at UC Elkus Ranch in Half Moon Bay. UC Elkus Ranch is an environmental education center, providing unique hands-on learning experiences for Bay Area youth. Due to COVID-19 precautions, UC Elkus Ranch has temporarily opened to the general public for private family tours only. Read more here.

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Bay Area ANR Blogs
  • A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil blossoms is unaware that on the other side, camouflaged and hidden in the shadows, is a praying mantis. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    The Honey Bee and the Praying Mantis

    So I'm a praying mantis and being a top-notch real estate developer, I've located the best place in the pollinator garden. I have acquired the proper plans and permits to orchestrate complete control over the property. Ah, the fragrance of the African...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A honey bee nectaring on African blue basil in Vacaville, Calif. At right is Salvia microphylla
    The Beauty of the Bee

    Have you ever pulled up a chair in your garden and watched honey bees foraging? They are so intent on their "bees-ness" that they don't know you're there.  It's a great opportunity to photograph them. Sometimes, if you're lucky, they'll buzz over...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • Professor Fran Keller of Folsom Lake College with a bottle of Dogface Cabernet Sauvignon produced by Lone Buffalo Vineyards and Winery, Auburn. Sales of the wine help conservation efforts of Placer Land Trust to protect the butterfly, the California state insect.
    California Dogface Butterfly Is Making Quite a Splash

    The California Dogface Butterfly, the state insect, is making quite a splash, and Placer Land Trust and UC Davis-affiliated scientists are an integral part of that. It seems as if the image of the dogface butterfly is everywhere. It's on every...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • A crab spider nails a lygus bug, a pest. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    Gotta Love Those Crab Spiders!

    Gotta love those crab spiders! We've seen them ambushing prey, eating prey and looking for more prey. They're members of the Thomisidae family of spiders. They can move sideways and backwards.   And they excel at...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist
  • This migrating monarch flew from a vineyard in Ashland, Ore. to a garden in Vacaville, Calif. in 2016. This amounted to  285 miles in seven days or about 40.7 miles per day, according to WSU entomologist David James, who studies migratory monarchs.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
    A 'Very Poor Year' for Monarchs in Pacific Northwest

    It's been a "very poor year" for monarch butterflies in the Pacific Northwest. So, folks, if you're in their migratory pathway and anticipate seeing them head toward their overwintering sites in coastal California, don't get your hopes...

    By Kathy Keatley Garvey
    Author - Communications specialist