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Outdoor Fun with Kids – Three Hikes for All Ages

Kids on a hike (Tung Chee)

The school year may have just started, but it doesn’t mean you and your children need to head indoors just yet. Here are a few hikes that the kids are sure to enjoy! more >>

September 2013 | Leave a comment

Crissy Field Center Summer Camp Slideshow

Crissy Field Center Campers

Summer Camp 2013 at the Crissy Field Center is finished! We had a great summer with the campers and can’t wait to do it again next year! Check out our video slideshow to see some of the fun we had. more >>

September 2013 | Leave a comment

Is the Prohibition of Poppy Picking Purely Poppycock?

California Poppies

The California poppy is the much-loved, vivacious floral icon of the Golden State. But is it actually illegal to pick the poppy? Discover the truth behind this rumor—and more fun facts about one of the most recognizable blooms in our parks. more >>

September 2013 | 4 Comments | Leave a comment

Twitter 1.0: Dissecting Five Types of Bird “Tweets”

Marsh Wren (Dave Freund)

To humans, bird vocalizations can be inspiring and soothing—or annoying, in the case of those early morning arias. But for birds, they perform critical communication functions. Read on to learn about five types of vocalizations, and what they teach us about birds’ surroundings. more >>

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Institute Explores Role of Parks in Urban Environments

Crissy Field

In a rapidly urbanizing world, parks and public lands are seen as vital to human, social, and ecological health. Learn how the Institute will highlight innovative programs that leverage parks to make stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities. more >>

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Time For One More Summer Free-For-All

Park Ranger and Roving Ranger

Raging Waters general admission ticket: $35.99. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, general admission: $61.99. Disneyland one-day “park hopper” ticket: $137. A full day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Parks with the entire family: FREE. Discover free activities every day in August (and every month of the year)! more >>

August 2013 | Leave a comment

Making His Point: One Volunteer’s Mori Story

Volunteer Ron Maykel

As the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship Program approaches its 20th anniversary, we’re celebrating places transformed by the program, such as Mori Point, and people who have made the transformation possible, like Ron Maykel. Learn more about one of the park’s “renaissance men.” more >>

August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Origins of Feathers


Feathers are a uniquely avian adaptation—or are they? While feathers can only be seen on birds today, evidence has shown that many dinosaurs also had feathers. Read on to learn about the variety—and possible purposes—of dinosaur feathers. more >>

August 2013 | Leave a comment

Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field


Not as obvious as leaves or as ostentatious as flowers, seeds are often overlooked in our appreciation of plant life. But don’t miss out on their beauty! In this guide, one of the Parks Conservancy’s seed experts picks her favorites. more >>

August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Intern Spotlight: Luciana and Nathaniel

Crissy Field Center Intern

For the first time, Crissy Field Center has two high school interns running our Media Lab for summer camp. Read about how Luciana and Nathaniel have stepped up to the challenge of creating an educational and fun environment for our campers! more >>

August 2013 | Leave a comment


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