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Discovery Day on the Bay Set for October 5



Ellen Griffin
SFSU Office of Public Affairs
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs


Annual event offers scientific fun for the whole family

TIBURON, California -- Children and adults can explore the natural wonders of the San Francisco Bay on Oct. 5 during "DISCOVERY DAY," an interactive science festival and open house at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC), the only academic research institute on the Bay.

The 34-acre bay-front research facility at 3150 Paradise Drive in Tiburon will open its doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a FREE festival of educational fun that includes marine animal touch tanks, scientific exhibits, live music, art and more.

DISCOVERY DAY is an annual event that offers the public a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific research conducted at the Center, from investigating alien species lurking along the coast to learning about the tiny plants and animals that call the Bay home. In addition to science- and art-related activities for children, the festival will include exhibits and presentations by RTC scientists and students that highlight the Center's contributions to understanding and caring for the San Francisco Bay environment and beyond.

As San Francisco State University's marine research field station, the Center also fulfills an academic mission by educating college students. Working with RTC scientists in the lab, on the water and in the classroom, students receive invaluable research experience.

"Our mission encompasses both basic scientific research and education of the next generation of scientists, which we hope will include some of the children who visit us at Discovery Day," said RTC Director Alissa Arp.

DISCOVERY DAY features music performed by the SFSU Jazz Band as well as a sizzling BBQ prepared by the Tiburon Volunteer Fire Department ($5). There is plenty of free parking on site.

Other scientific and environmental organizations participating in DISCOVERY DAY include the Aquarium of the Bay, Bay Model Association, California Academy of Sciences, Center for Ecosystem Survival, Cetacean Society, Bay Area Discovery Museum, Headlands Institute, Marine Mammal Center, Point Reyes Bird Observatory and the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Romberg Tiburon Center is dedicated to the study of the Bay, its surrounding environment and the global understanding of estuaries and other marine habitats.

For more information about DISCOVERY DAY, see the RTC Web site at or call 415/338-6063.



Directions to the Romberg Tiburon Center

From San Francisco
Take Highway 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Tiburon/East Blithedale exit. Turn RIGHT onto Tiburon Boulevard and continue on this road to Trestle Glen Boulevard (1.9 miles). Turn LEFT on Trestle Glen Boulevard and follow it to its end (0.6 miles), where it meets Paradise Drive. Turn RIGHT on Paradise Drive and follow it 3 miles to the Romberg Tiburon Center at 3150 Paradise Drive.


Take Highway 101 North over the Golden Gate Bridge to the Tiburon/East Blithedale exit. Turn RIGHT onto Tiburon Boulevard and continue on this road to the City of Tiburon. Just as you reach the bay, the road winds to the left around a small circle and then continues. The road is now called Paradise Drive. Continue on this road to the Romberg Tiburon Center at 3150 Paradise Drive.

From the North
Take Highway 101 South to the Tiburon Boulevard exit. Turn LEFT onto Tiburon Boulevard and continue as described in either of the paragraphs above.

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