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Food To-Go: Institute Program Hits the Road

Woman and baby at park cafe

Last week, the Institute at the Golden Gate, in partnership with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, brought together food service executives from across the nation to share best practices and address common challenges in expanding healthy and sustainable food service. This dynamic... more >>


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Introducing the Roving Ranger

Roving Ranger

After many years of planning, the Roving Ranger has finally come to fruition! With a flashy green and orange exterior, at first glance this vehicle may look like the common food truck. Don’t be fooled—this truck offers something much different than tacos.

The Roving Ranger is a mobile trailhead designed to... more >>


April 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Jaw-dropping Sunset Spots in Our Parks

Sunset from East Beach at Crissy Field, photo by Mason Cummings.

Grab your cameras and head for the coast—it’s sunset season in the parks! With Daylight Savings around the corner (March 10), soon we’ll have an extra hour to capture the sun setting at breathtaking coastal vistas.

Here are some must-visit locations in the parks—and a few tips—for any photo enthusiast during... more >>


March 2013 | Leave a comment

The Elusive, Mystifying Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

“Harrier!” exclaimed my co-intern, Heather, pointing at a hawk skimming down the hillside.

I looked up as it passed, its long wings carrying it on an unwavering glide. I had no idea how to identify this raptor. “It has that patch of white at the base of its tail, just like... more >>


March 2013 | 4 Comments | Leave a comment

Rancho Corral de Tierra: Why it Rocks!

Rancho Corral de Tierra Landscape

Rancho Corral de Tierra is the newest piece of parkland to join the ever-growing list of sites in the Golden Gate National Parks, and we consider ourselves quite lucky to welcome this magnificent parcel into the fold.

We’re still learning... more >>


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Early Spring Wildflowers: A Viewer’s Guide

Milk Maids

View images of each species at the bottom of this page.

If you’re like me, you choose to live in the beautiful Bay Area to avoid those long terrible winters that would require us to look at seed catalogs just to see some green. While the East is still buried under... more >>


March 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Which Bus Line Has the Most Bacteria?

WISE students

Project WISE (Watersheds Inspiring Student Education) is in the middle of their Environmental Research Projects! WISE is a program that engages environmental science classes at Galileo Academy of Science and Technology.

The students have broken up into small groups and chosen various environmental topics relevant to their lives and neighborhoods. Over... more >>


March 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Institute Quiz: Win a Prize Pack

Park gear

The Institute at the Golden Gate contributes to a more sustainable and healthy world by harnessing the power of parks and public lands to advance environmental stewardship and human wellbeing.

But how much do you really know about our work?

Be the first to submit correct answers to the questions below, and... more >>


March 2013 | Leave a comment

Top 10 Movies Made in the Parks

Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, Wikimedia

Golden Gate, meet silver screen. With the Oscars coming up (Feb. 24), we’re handing out (figurative) statuettes to the most memorable movie scenes filmed in the Golden Gate National Parks.

We also want to hear from you! “Comment” below and share with us your favorite movies or scenes that feature these... more >>


February 2013 | 26 Comments | Leave a comment

Let’s Get Together: Mixed Species Flocks

Downy woodpecker

According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the downy woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) is a species known to participate in inter-species collaboration. The downy woodpecker occupies a large range throughout North America, and, according to the Sequoia Audubon Society, it has been sighted at Mori Point here in the Golden Gate... more >>


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