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Family Dinner: Holiday Foods' Park Relatives

Turkey and chicks

At your next holiday feast, impress friends and family with some fresh knowledge. Read on to learn the origins of popular holiday foods and discover their closest relatives, found in our parks. Please don’t forage for these items (quite a few are inedible)—but fill your plate with some food for thought! more >>

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My Friend, the Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

We fear them not because they would kill us, but because their mere company means we may already be dead. Our imagination conjures a thirsty miner, crawling across the desert, exhaling a last gasp, and—poof!—he is theirs. Here’s an alternate view of vultures. more >>

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Holly-daze: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Toyon berries

This plant, erroneously identified as “holly,” gave Hollywood its name. And its merry berries certainly lend a festive air to the parks during the holiday season. Read on to unmask this mystery plant. more >>

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Intern Spotlight: Kaitlin De Blanc

Intern and kids on a hike

Read about our National Park Service School Programs intern and her artistic talents, love of French, and passion for environmental education. more >>

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Don't Tip the Scales: Hike a Park Trail


It’s the big eating season. Here in the Golden Gate National Parks you can have your cake (umm, pie) and eat it too. Manage the holiday feasting and stress with three great park trails that will have you feeling fine and ready to dine (again)! more >>

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Critical Mast: The Boom and Bust of Acorns

Oak woodland

How many times have I walked under the same trees and failed to look up, staring at my own two feet as I walk? Well today was different, someone told me that the oak trees of California are masting, and I wanted to see if it was true. more >>

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Fort Baker

The Institute at the Golden Gate is ready to take flight in its fifth year. Learn how the Institute plans to emerge as a catalyst—and then a leader—in meeting some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. more >>

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Ready for a Record-Breaking Planting Season!

Volunteer at work

Ready, set, go! Planting season has begun and we have more plants than ever to get into the ground before the winter rains dry up in the parks—over 200,000 seedlings and 36 pounds of seed. We need you! Learn how to lend a hand this season. more >>

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Parks Holiday Gift Guide

Find fantastic gifts for the park lovers on your list while helping to support park programs. more >>

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When Day Fades Away, Bats Come Out to Play

Little Brown Bat

Have you ever looked up at the twilight sky to see an erratic flutter of wings? Maybe you tried to convince yourself that it was just a sparrow, but chances are what you actually saw was a little brown bat. Although bats carry a loathsome reputation, humans derive a great benefit from these tiny creatures. more >>

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