Thinkwalks Tours

See below and reserve a spot on a Scheduled Tour or plan a Group Tour. Scroll all the way down for costs.


Getting ready for your tour

Tours start on time, so call if you’re running late.



Most of the year, SF weather is cold and windy.
The tour is still on, even in wet weather.
Call if you’re wondering about an approaching storm.
A few sprinkles won’t stop the tour. You can see for yourself how much rain is due!

Again: Thinkwalks have lots of stopping moments, so dress warmly, especially on windy days. I warned you!


What to Bring

Again, dress warmly!

Bring more than pocket change in case you madly adore the tour and want to pay farther up the scale—and you may want to buy some map or poster goodies from us.

Snacks provided on tours over two hours.

If it’s a bike ride, please test and adjust your bike before the tour.

Join a Scheduled Tour

Please RSVP. Bring friends! If you have already RSVPed for yourself, it’s okay to bring additional people, but nice if you let me know.

Cost: You decide what to pay after you’ve enjoyed the tour.
Please see sliding scale guidelines at the end of this page.

View the full calendar by week, month or in a list.

Plan a Group Tour

Do you have co-workers, members, classmates, or pals you’d like to gather for a Thinkwalk?

Special Discount Groups Groups Groups More than 20 or
Groups of 1 to 3 of 4 to 8 of 9 to 20 unknown size
Fees are flexible to fit educational budgets Base rate: $120 Base rate: $160 $10 per person/hour Base rate: $350
Join a scheduled drop-in tour
where each person decides what to pay
set up a custom tour using lists below.
(costs in appropriate column above)
Please set up a custom tour, discussion or
presentation using the lists below.

Call 415-505-8255 or use the reply box at the bottom of this page to specify:

  1. Approx. number of people
  2. Walk, bike ride, Muni, motoring
  3. Topic requests, ideas (see list below)
  4. Preferred location, dates & times


Walks or bike rides are always better. Public transit is a great option for some walks.
Private or rental vehicle tours only if you provide the vehicle or request car rental with up to 3 people.
Additional fees may apply for over two hours and for special arrangements.

Frequently requested topics:

  • Hidden Streams & Groundwater
  • The Founding of San Francisco
  • Social Justice Murals
  • Street Art History
  • The Wiggle Bike Route
  • Golden Gate Park
  • Hayes Valley
  • Lower Haight Neighborhood
  • Creeks, Springs & Lakes
  • Duboce Triangle Neighborhood & the US Mint
  • Alamo Square & NOPA Neighborhood
  • The Panhandle of Golden Gate Park
  • SF Emergency Water Supplies
  • The ARkStorm of 1862
  • Transportation History

Sliding Scale Guidelines

All payments for tours are donations and $40 is the standard donation requested for most tours.
The payment is set by you after you’ve enjoyed a tour. Here’s the sliding scale:

  • You earn very little → $10
  • You’re a student supporting yourself, or similar → $20
  • Your income is stable → $30

For groups, especially educational groups, let’s talk about creating something within your budget.

The idea behind our sliding scale:

As you’ll witness on the day of your tour, your support sustains our unusual programs of community exploration and education. We don’t like turning people away. The tours are worth $40 and more by market rates. They are provided regardless of your financial resources.

Together, we provide these events for reasons that have little to do with money, and of course you’ll appreciate the tours for more than their reasonable cost. And someday Thinkwalks will reach the goal of a living wage for the guide, Joel, if SF doesn’t outpace his quest first.

Ideally, we would follow the tour with a group discussion about priorities in life, financial resources, generosity, and so on, the way Movement for a New Society used to determine pricing for their workshops, way back in the idealism age. But that approach takes a lot of patience—and patience doesn’t grow on trees (although there are impatiens trees all over SF).

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5 Comments to “Tours”

  1. […] the recommendation of Haighteration blog, I took the ThinkWalks walking tour of the Wiggle on Thursday […]

  2. Miriam Slipowitz says:

    Hi Joel,

    I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed this web site. I remember with fondness taking a tour with you (Joe was there also) quite a few years ago. Keep up the good work!

  3. daisy says:

    hi! great site! would you export your calendar as iCal so people can add it to their calendar apps (google, yahoo, etc)? this would probably boost attendance, too! 🙂

  4. Jeff says:

    Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 2:00 p.m.

    I could show you an old Pony Express stable (1860’s) watering trough cut into the living rock. The stable foundation is still there and it’s still freshwater springhead on 28th street in Noe Valley. That’s why they built a stable there.

  5. […] thinkwalks AKA joel pomerantz, is offering a walk on the watersheds of laguna honda on sunday, 13 march. if you’re curious about SF water history, how the landscape of SF has changed, or want to traverse some topography west of twin peaks, you can’t go wrong with a thinkwalks tour! start at garden for the environment, 7th ave. (at lawton), 1 PM, $10 – $40 suggested donation. […]

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