NEW IN 2019! Summit attendees can extend their stay and enjoy some additional fun the afternoon of Sunday, July 28, following the close of the Summit! Here are two opportunities to explore the San Francisco Bay Area beyond the Fremont Marriott Hotel. The deadline for signing up for either field trip is Sunday, July 14, 2019. The cost is $35/person.

The optional field trip details have been finalized! Prices shown are the final prices and are not subject to change. Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to sign up soon as space is limited for each field trip.


Coyote Hills

Comprised of over 1200 acres of marshland and rolling grassland-covered hills, Coyote Hills Regional Park is located along the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay. It is the home of a more than 2,000-year-old Tuibun Ohlone Village site, as well as a wide variety of migratory birds, and wonderful views of San Francisco Bay. Immediately following the conclusion of the 2019 Summit, we will travel by charter bus from the hotel to Coyote Hills Regional Park. We will meet staff naturalist, Francis Mendoza, and Kanyon Sayers-Roods, a member of the Costanoan Mutsun Ohlone Tribe, who will share stories and give us a private tour of the shell mounds where we will enter a reconstructed Ohlone-style family house, sweat house, and shade shelter.

Here is the field trip schedule:

1:00 – Depart Fremont Marriott

1:30-2:00 – Kanyon and Francis will meet and greet participants upon arrival at Coyote Hills. Participants will peruse the visitor center and ethnobotany garden. We will watch a short, orientation video in the visitor center.

2:00-2:20 – Introduction to Coyote Hills, East Bay Regional Park District, and the Gathering of Ohlone Peoples

2:20-3:00 – Walk to the village site and stop along the way to interpret history, plants, peaks, and stories. This is an easy, flat 1/2 mile walk, but it is not wheelchair accessible.

3:00-3:30 – At the village site, spend time at each re-created structure – the sweathouse, shade arbor, and pit house

3:30-4:00 – Walk back to the visitor center without stopping

4:00 – Closing circle in front of the visitor center

4:15 – 5:30 – Optional hike/walk along the Bay View Trail (a 3.5-mile loop, mostly flat, mostly paved with outstanding views of San Francisco Bay.)

6:00 – arrive back at Marriott

Cost: $35 per person including transportation

San Francisco

Encompassing a mere seven by seven square miles, San Francisco is comprised of thirty-six official neighborhoods, each with its own personality, climate, culture, topography, and history. From Fisherman’s Wharf to Haight Ashbury to Japantown to the Castro, there is a tremendous amount of diversity within this one city. Here’s your opportunity to explore two of those neighborhoods. Immediately following the conclusion of the 2019 Summit we will Uber/Lyft to the South Fremont BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) Station.

First Stop: Civic Center in the heart of San Francisco.

With over 2,500 artworks from all over Asia in the museum’s collection galleries, the Asian Art Museum is a window to Asia’s past and present. This museum is one of the largest in the West devoted exclusively to Asian art. Its mission is to connect art to life and inspire new ways of thinking by connecting diverse communities to historical and contemporary Asian art and culture. We will tour the galleries with members of the museum’s unique Storytelling Volunteer Corps, to experience how they bring the objects and cultures to life for visitors of all ages.

Second Stop: Walking Tour with SF City Guides

North Beach by Twilight

The other side of North Beach history – that of its bars, bordellos, and beatniks – comes alive on this early-evening tour. Weather can be chilly, dress accordingly. An experienced and enthusiastic SF City Guides volunteer will lead us on an early evening walking tour that captures the ‘essence’ of one of the City’s many diverse neighborhoods. North Beach, SF’s original “Little Italy”, became one of the City’s main nightlife areas. This tour promises lots of great stories and ends at beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s famed City Lights Bookstore (open till midnight!). After the field trip:  Enjoy a night out in one of America’s great foodie cities. Optional dinner suggestions will be provided by local NSN members. Return to the hotel or your
next lodging destination on your own.

Here is the anticipated timeline for this field trip:

1:00-1:15: Travel to BART

1:15 – 2:30: BART from Fremont to San Francisco

2:35 – 2:50: Walk to Asian Art Museum, strolling through a vibrant weekly farmers market and getting a view of SF’s City Hall

3:00 – 4:00: Permanent Galleries Storytelling Tour

4:00 – 5:00 Time on your own in the museum (see special exhibit info below)

5:00 Meet at museum entry for transfer to the starting point of neighborhood tour

5:30 – 7:00 Tour: North Beach by Twilight

Dinner on your own. (Chinatown is nearby, and the waterfront not much farther.)

Cost: $35.00 per person including one-way public transportation

Special Exhibit: Experience bamboo art on an unprecedented scale with a site-specific installation by Tanabe Chikuunsai IV, who pushes the limits of his craft.


Special Exhibit: Tattoos in Japanese Prints recounts how large-scale, densely composed pictorial tattoos — what we now recognize as a distinctly Japanese style — emerged in 19th-century Japan in tandem with woodblock prints depicting tattooed heroes of history and myth.