Conscientious Gift Ideas for Your Loved Ones (and the Parks!)

From Park E-ventures, December 2017

We have ideas on how you can be a conscientious gift-giver this holiday season while supporting conservation work, restoration projects, youth programs, climate science education, and more across your Golden Gate National Parks.

Shop at Our Park Stores

If you’ve been to the parks, you’ve probably been to one of the visitor centers and cafes we operate in partnership with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust.

That cup of coffee you had at the Warming Hut at the western edge of Crissy Field? Brewed by Parks Conservancy baristas.

That Lands End t-shirt you bought at the Lookout? It was designed, developed, stocked, and sold to you by our friendly Parks Conservancy retail staff.

The mission of our retail program is to provide educational and interpretation opportunities while supporting the preservation of the Golden Gate National Parks. There’s a perfect, park-specific gift waiting for you—or your loved one.

You—and the lucky gift recipient—will have the added satisfaction of knowing that the purchase helped inspire kids in our education programs, build new trails, and restore habitat for endangered species!

*NEW* William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center

210 Lincoln Blvd.

San Francisco, CA 94129

(415) 561-4323

Hours: 7 days a week, 10 am-5 pm (Closed Christmas)

This is the first holiday season for the William Penn Mott, Jr. Presidio Visitor Center!

Opened in February 2017, the 4,000-square-foot facility at the north end of the Main Post serves as a new welcoming and orientation gateway to the Presidio, and also features an interpretive store that offers changing merchandise.

The Presidio Visitor Center is filled with Presidio-themed gifts perfect for any nature lover or history buff on your list. Items range from camping gadgets and military history novels to Army toy soldiers and a customized tote bag from local bagmaker Rickshaw Bagworks (featured above).

Oh, and don’t miss our discount shopping days this weekend (December 8-10), when Parks Conservancy members receive 20% off their entire purchase—just in time for the holidays! Become a Parks Conservancy member today to take advantage of this great deal!

See a full list of Presidio-inspired items on our online store.

Warming Hut Cafe and Store

983 Marine Drive

San Francisco, CA 94129

(415) 561-3040

Hours: 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm (Closed Christmas)

Craving a delicious, warm latte while you shop for holiday presents? The Warming Hut has it all: A cozy café and a wonderful selection of items directly on the Crissy Field waterfront path, near the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Stop in during your bike ride, dog walk, or hike along Crissy Field to enjoy freshly made sandwiches, soups, healthy snacks, delicious bakery items, and hot or cold drinks. Special kids’ menu too!

Items range from home decor celebrating all the Golden Gate National Parks to Crissy Field-themed and Golden Gate Bridge-themed items.

Oh, and don’t miss our discount shopping days this weekend (December 1-3), when Parks Conservancy members receive 20% off their entire purchase—just in time for the holidays! Become a Parks Conservancy member today to take advantage of this great deal!

See a sampling of retail items and apparel inspired by Crissy Field.

Lands End Lookout

680 Point Lobos Ave,

San Francisco, CA 94121

Hours: 7 days a week, 9 am- 5 pm (Closed Christmas)

This 4,150-square-foot visitor center includes exhibits, park-related retail, a café run by the famous Cliff House, and restrooms.

Expect to find items that highlight Lands End’s past as an amusement and tourist destination, such as these vintage signs.

Lands End—and the Lookout building itself—are a well of inspiration! Grab a Park Journal at the Lookout (featured above) then perch yourself on the concrete wall overlooking the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths and let the creativity flow from park to page.

Find a gift for that someone on your list who is a sucker for Sutro.

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

South Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco, CA 94129

Hours: 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm (Closed Christmas)

The icon of San Francisco—and American ingenuity—is a pilgrimage that should be on the bucket list of any sightseer and Bay Area native. The Welcome Center isn’t just a tourist destination—it’s a hotspot for any local who is interested in drinking in world-class views from this globally coveted locale.

Ride your bike, grab a coffee from the Round House Cafe, then browse the Welcome Center, where you’ll find a collection of commemorative items honoring the 1.7-mile steel harp.

2017 also marked the 80th anniversary of the bridge, and we have a fine selection of items to help you celebrate this milestone birthday (see a few below).

See a collection of Golden Gate-inspired gifts and apparel.

Check out our full list of Park Stores for locations and hours.

Give a Gift Membership

Did you know the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a membership organization?

That’s right—you (or a loved one!) can help support the Golden Gate National Parks’ ancient redwood forests, historic landmarks, and open spaces that belong to us all.

Giving a membership to your friend, family member, or partner supports us in our mission of accomplishing “Parks For All Forever.” Give the gift of membership today.

Gift Memberships are available at all membership levels: Park Partner ($35), Park Sponsor ($60), Park Steward ($125), Park Conservator ($250), Park Guardian ($500), and Parks Conservancy Leaders Circle ($1,000+).

See a full list of benefits that come along with that gift membership.

Give a Gift to the Parks: Native Plants!

Winter is planting season in the parks! It’s when we put thousands of native plants in the ground to restore habitat at sites all across the Golden Gate National Parks.

And we need your help this winter—especially at national park sites in San Mateo County (Rancho Corral de Tierra, Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, and more). You can join a drop-in weekly program or plan a group volunteer work day, and give the parks a botanical gift that will beautify and enrich the land for years to come!

Plus, a volunteer activity is a fantastic way to spend quality time, outdoors, with friends and family members this holiday season. Learn more at parksconservancy.org/volunteer.


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