The Science of Sustainability

The Farallon Islands

Established as a national wildlife refuge 100 years ago, the Farallon Islands are centered in one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world. While off limits to the public, a handful of scientists study this unique habitat, a breeding ground for marine mammals and hundreds of thousands of birds.

Click on the map points above to see short videos and sets of photos from our trip to the islands.

In this audio slideshow below, Get a behind-the-scenes look of QUEST's trip to the Farallons and find out what's it's like to live on these rocky, remote islands – for both the birds and the scientists who study them.

Visitor Photos

Join the Farallon Islands photo group on Flickr to share your photos of this amazing place.


Quest Educational Resources

pdf Print Guide - Farallon Islands ( pdf ) Download a printable version of this Science Hike complete with directions, maps, and photos. kml Farallon Islands KML File ( kml ) Open this Science Hike in Google Earth by downloading the KML version of this map. pdf Tips to get the kids in your life out into nature ( pdf ) Here is a quick "cheat sheet" of helpful tips to keep "Nature Deficit Disorder" at bay with kids. pdf Designing an Exploration on Google Maps ( pdf ) Like the Explorations on the QUEST site? Use this place-based educational guide for educators and group leaders to create similar science-based maps with youth.


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