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“Duck pond and board walk”

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center
Ranked #14 of 41 things to do in Palo Alto
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Owner description: This protected bayland offers a 120-acre salt marsh and the opportunity to observe the plants and birds of the region.
Palo Alto
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Duck pond and board walk”
Reviewed 29 June 2014

Fun to feed the ducks and birdwatch at the Baylands. This is the spot every elementary school child visits on a field trip to study about their local environment. The interpretive center is sweet and the boardwalk over the mudflats has braille plaques to interpret the surroundings.

Visited June 2014
Thank Katie B
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Palo Alto, California
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Baylands walk”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

The nature center is modest, but the Baylands walks are quite nice. You can walk either south to Shoreline Park or north up to East Palo Alto along the edge of the Bay. It is a very good site for birding.

Visited September 2013
3 Thank Wasss
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Menlo Park, California
Level 6 Contributor
168 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“not worth a stop”
Reviewed 19 November 2012

It's hard to be down on a nice little nature center, but it's just a cookie cutter place with a few maps, some dioramas of the surrounding ecosystem. The trails nearby can be good. Not much in the way of special programs.

Visited July 2012
1 Thank bbulkow
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Palo Alto, California
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun Place for wildlife lovers to go in Palo Alto”
Reviewed 26 July 2008

The Lucy Evans Nature Interpretive Center is a great place for young kids who love nature and adults who want to learn more about the wildlife and plants in this unique salt water marsh, especially if you want to see some rare animals.There is a rare salt water marsh bird there called the Clapper Rail, but you have to be very quiet to see it. Another rare animal there is the Salt Marsh Mouse, a small mouse that lives among the pickleweed. Pickleweed, another life form that thives in the salty mash used to be used by the Indians as food, and sometimes you can still buy it in Palo Alto, just dont try to pick your own, everything that is in the preserve stays in the preserve. There are many other more common Fauna in the preserve, too. Most of them are shorebirds, which makes this place fantastic for birdwatchers. Birdwatchers will also enjoy a non-native oriental pheasant (it might be an escaped pet) and a Burrowing Owl nest. There are many trails for bikers and walkers. Along these trails you may find jackrabbits and, if you stand/sit still for about 2 minutes in front of one of the little holes by the side of the trail, usually a vole will come out, and in the rare circumstance, a hawk or a kite will swoop down and whisk it away, then eat it. If you come in the right season (spring/summer) you might find many snakes by a boardwalk trail that they have there. In walking distance there is a duck pond, where you can feed the ducks. There is a very wide variety of ducks there, some that look pretty strange. Also in walking distance there is Shoreline park, a man made park that was built on top of an old landfill, which features a man made lake, where you can go boating. Overall, this place is fun for someone who loves wildlife.

6 Thank salmons
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