The Model that Saved SF Bay! Help Us Share the Story.


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Bay Model Visitor Center2100 BridgewaySausalito, CA 94965

The 1.5 acre Bay Model


Imagine San Francisco without the bay. It almost happened. The Bay Model is a 1.5 acre, three-dimensional, working hydraulic model (yes! with water!) that helped scientists determine how proposed changes to San Francisco Bay would impact the environment and saved the Bay from destruction. Help us educate the public about the importance of the largest estuary on the West Coast and its impacts throughout California.

Volunteers are needed on an ongoing basis to provide visitor services by staffing the Bay Model Visitor Center reception desk, answering questions in person and over the phone, and conducting bookstore sales. We are also seeking docents to lead public tours of the model, including leading school groups, on topics from watershed ecology, tides and currents, history of the delta, hydrology of the bay and more!


  • Public Speaking
  • History
  • People Skills
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

Teens People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 6 hours per month; Minimum of 6 month committment
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