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If your loved one takes you out to a nice restaurant this Valentine’s Day and you still have room for dessert, most likely you will see chocolate-covered strawberries on the menu. As you bite into one of nature’s most delectable fruits, you may take some time to ponder the plant... more >>
Around 1882, a small boy huddled on a beach south of Sausalito watched his father swim his morning regimen in San Francisco Bay. The man cut through wavelets until he reached a buoy. Tapping it, he exchanged a “hi” sign with his much-relieved son, and then swam back.
Poet Robert Frost... more >>
It’s no surprise—ceremonial real estate comes at a premium here in the Bay Area. And the Golden Gate National Parks have some of the best spots in town, at some of the most competitive prices. If the parks hold a special spot in your life, consider holding one of your... more >>
How can we help make the world a healthier, happier place? Here at the Institute at the Golden Gate, we believe the answer is “One piece at a time.” Since we’re a small team, we know we can’t change everything all at once. But, we believe passionately that we can... more >>
A New Year is underway at the Crissy Field Center!
The Center is committed to diversity not only in the communities it serves, but also in its staff, who bring a great variety of interests, backgrounds, and experiences to share with program participants. Here are some of the 2013 professional and... more >>
Maybe you grew up in Southern California and wonder if you’ve ever truly experienced “autumn.” Palm tree fronds don’t change colors, after all. The truth is that there is a lot more to seasonal change than a palette shift. And although we may not have a white holiday approaching, there... more >>
I wrote an earlier article on the background of the Hawk Hill restoration issue and its ecological intricacies (December 2011 Park E-ventures article), but here I wanted to address the big question that I heard only a few hundred times this autumn: what happened to the hawks as a... more >>
An Earth Day event in January, you ask? But, how can that be? Isn’t Earth Day on April 22? Well, yes. But this is a very special Earth Day event. In fact, it’s the longest-running and most well-attended event in the entire Golden Gate National Parks.
In 2013, Muir Woods National... more >>
Before we jump into the New Year, we have to look back and give a HUGE round of applause to all of the volunteers who generously contributed their time and energy to the Golden Gate National Parks in 2012.
On behalf of the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and the... more >>
“Tension!” I yell, breaking the serenity in the gully above Muir Woods.
A few seconds later, “Tension!” is the reply from the other side, and I start tensioning the high-line, a cable and pulley system that carries drain rock, gravel, and dirt across a steep ravine, saving the trail crews time... more >>