Explore the Bay / Explora la Bahía 2022 Tour Season

Jen Kalt, Humboldt Baykeeper Director

Cal Poly Humboldt’s Indian Natural Resources, Sciences, and Engineering students braved the wind and waves for a four-hour kayak tour across Humboldt Bay in early October. Along the route, Warren Moak of Hog Island Oyster Company showed us their new oyster farm in North Bay.

From April to October, Humboldt Baykeeper offers motor boat, kayak, and walking tours of Humboldt Bay and nearby coastal areas to community groups. This year, we led eleven group tours with our partner organizations, including Centro del Pueblo; English Express, the non-profit English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) school; Black Humboldt; Betty Chinn’s Blue Angel Village; the Indian Natural Resources, Science and Engineering (INRSEP+) and Umoja Center for Pan African Student Excellence at Cal Poly Humboldt; The Studio & Canvas + Clay, an art program for adults with varying abilities; Humboldt Asian & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity; Community Access Program for Eureka; and the Humboldt County Transition-Aged Youth Collaboration.

In September, we sponsored a tour for Humboldt Asian & Pacific Islanders in Solidarity aboard the Madaket. The tour brought together students from Cal Poly Humboldt’s Asian, Desi, & Pacific Islander Collective and the College of the Redwoods’ Asian-Pacific Islander Club.

This year’s tours were funded by the California Coastal Commission’s WHALE TAIL® Grants Program, which supports experiential education and stewardship of the California coast, and by the State Coastal Conservancy’s Explore the Coast grant program, which provides coastal experiences for people and communities who face challenges accessing or enjoying the coast. 

If you know of a community organization interested in Humboldt Bay tours, please contact Jasmin Segura, Bay Tours Coordinator, at jasmin@humboldtbaykeeper.org.

Students at English Express, the non-profit ESL school, and their families joined us for a docent-led tour of the Humboldt Botanical Garden in June. The gardens were in full glorious bloom, including native lilies and spicebush. Thanks to docent June Walsh for a wonderful tour!