With virtual classes still going strong around the Bay Area, it’s time to up your online game with free Zoom backgrounds that help kids show their Bay Area spirit. They can support local sports teams, feature their favorite zoo animal and even ride the iconic cable cars on the steep streets of San Francisco. Find your favorite to download and get those kids ready to Zoom!

photo: Michael Macor / The Chronicle

The Redwoods

Step out into nature with this gorgeous Zoom background of our favorite tree, the California Coastal Redwood. 

Cable Car

Hop aboard this iconic cable car and ride the streets of San Francisco with this cool Zoom background

Sea Nettles

While we can't visit quite yet, we can bring the California Academy of Sciences to our next Zoom meeting with this awesome sea nettles background

Oakland Zoo Gondola

Ride the Oakland Zoo gondola at your next Zoom meeting with this gorgeous photo take at sunset

photo: Alison Taggart-Barone/Parks Conservancy

The Golden Gate Bridge

Grab this awesome photo of our red behemoth, the Golden Gate Bridge. You can snag it any other photos of Golden Gate National Parks here

Oracle Park

Cheer on the San Francisco Giants from home and pretend you are at Oracle Park with one of these Zoom backgrounds

Natural Sciences

Hop on over to the Gallery of California Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California where you can snag this gorgeous photo of a colorful crustacean

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Ride the Giant Dipper at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk with this Zoom background

Oakland A's

Make yourself an MVP of the Oakland A's with this fun Zoom background

Oak Street Mural

Share your love of Oakland street art with a Zoom background of the Oak Street Mural

photo: San Francisco 49ers

San Francisco 49ers

Get yourself to Levi's Stadium with these 49ers Zoom backgrounds for fans young and old. 


Head to Alcatraz at night with this eerie Zoom background from Parks Conservancy. 

—Kate Loweth


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