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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... more >>
It has been said vultures are cleansers of the environment, or that they are symbols of motherhood for their ability to make life from death. But I say that Turkey Vultures are, above all else, loyal. They are the truest friend, at least to other vultures, because being a Turkey... more >>
Did Christmas come early this year? Well, if you are out hiking in our parks this month it may seem like it.
Heteromeles arbutifolia—otherwise known as Christmas berry or toyon—is in full glory right now. With its brilliant display of bright red berries and leathery serrated leafs, it can often get... more >>
After completing her first-year term with us, Kaitlin came back for a second.
Before joining the team in 2011, Kaitlin was finishing up her two degrees in Environmental Studies and French. She was interested in the internship because of its relation to Environmental Studies but she accepted it because it also... more >>
Do you feel heavy, like the whipping cream used to top off the pumpkin pie? Do you feel slow, like the lethargy created by a tryptophan overdose? Do you find that your sweatpants go with everything, like when you’ve grown tired of your wardrobe and nothing will do?
If you answered... more >>
Oak trees stand huge in our landscapes. At Oakwood Valley I walk under the unofficially named “Grandmother Tree.” If you have walked in the valley you know what I’m talking about. Oak trees are the foundation of the ecosystem they are found in, providing food and shelter for many species.... more >>
As the Institute enters its fifth year, staff members are poised to emerge from the initial start-up phase—ready to build on early successes and launch into a broader range of programmed activities to affect change.
Recently, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Board of Trustees reviewed an “action plan” for the... more >>
Volunteers have played a vital role in the entire cycle of nurturing our native plants—seed collecting, seed cleaning, seed sowing, composting, pot washing, transplanting and, now, outplanting across the parks at restoration sites.
Much of this activity has centered in our six park nurseries, located in Marin, San Francisco, and San... more >>
Come visit the Warming Hut at Crissy Field or the brand-new Lands End Lookout and find the perfect gift for every park lover on your gift list! From nature guides to hand-made, local crafts to vintage reproductions of park memorabilia—the park stores have something for everyone.
Members receive 15% off at... more >>
Life is not all river otters and coyote pups. Some organisms in these national parks simply give us the heebie-jeebies—justifiably or not. With Halloween a few days away, here’s our list of the scariest and grossest creatures. For the squeamish, turn away. For the stout-hearted, read on—if you dare.
Find something... more >>