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Art in the Parks: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Figolu by Mark di Suvero (SFMOMA)

Welcome to an art gallery as big as the parks. Starting on May 22, Crissy Field—in the heart of our Golden Gate National Parks—will be a free exhibition space for eight steel sculptures by world-renowned artist Mark di Suvero. more >>

What Is a Species?

Song Sparrow

Even Charles Darwin, the preeminent biologist, had trouble defining a species. The more we learn, the harder it gets. Life does not always supply black-and-white categories—which can impact how we conserve and protect the species around us. more >>

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Freshly Picked, Tasty Tea Recipes

Strawberry tea leaves

Rather than going to your local grocery store, have you ever considered going out to your backyard for tea ingredients? You don’t need to look far to find plants that benefit your health, taste delicious, and—best of all—cost virtually nothing. more >>

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Trail Anatomy 101: Name That Feature!

Child on park trail

National Trails Day is right around the corner (June 1). So put on you thinking caps—or your hard hats—and grab a shovel, because you’ll need to dig deep into your memory and knowledge. It’s time to play Name That Trail Feature! more >>

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Kids Write Back: Postcards to the Parks


Ever sent a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge to someone? In Crissy Field Center school programs this year, we had the kids send their postcards to us! Check out some of the postcards, depicting what they learned during their field trip to our parks. more >>

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A New Twist for Park Internships

Park interns

The park has partnered with SFSU and CCSF to engage college students in semester-long Academic Internships. The spring semester pilot has been an incredible success and we’ve had the honor to work with some amazing young adults. Hear them share their experiences! more >>

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John Muir, Merely a Naturalist?

John Muir

This year marks the 175th birthday of "The Father of the National Parks"—John Muir. Many of us know him as a naturalist, but did you know that John Muir was also an engineer, writer, explorer, botanist, geologist, and the founder of the Sierra Club? more >>

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Parks: The New Climate Classroom

Wind turbines at Crissy Field Center

In the wake of releasing a new report, Climate Change in the Parks: Innovative Climate Change Education in Parks, the Institute is building momentum for a two-day conference that will gather educators and park leaders to forge new ways to engage the public. more >>

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