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Ten Park Trail Names Explained

Sweeney Ridge (Kirke Wrench)

Most trail names are self-explanatory; they take their monikers from the area’s geographic features or natural resources. But some are a little more cryptic and obscure. In honor of National Trails Day on June 1, we did a little sleuthing into 10 mysterious trail names. more >>

Muir Beach Closed July 8-Mid December, 2013

Muir Beach

Although Muir Beach will be closed through November, visitors—and the environment—have a lot to gain. When the area reopens in late fall, there will be improved amenities and better habitat for threatened and endangered species. Read on for details. more >>

School’s Out, But Learning’s Still In Session

CFC Campers

Are you worried about your child experiencing a summer learning lapse? Enroll your child in a Crissy Field Center camp, where we explore your backyard national parks, innovate with hands-on activities, and bridge the gap between summer fun and learning! more >>

June 2013 | Leave a comment

Youth Take Charge in the Presidio Nursery

Youth volunteer at Presidio Nursery

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Curious about our amazing world of plants? Want to meet other youth interested in stewardship and develop your leadership skills? Read on to see the difference young people make in the Presidio native plant nursery. more >>

June 2013 | Leave a comment

How the Enigmatic Ensatina Sheds Light on “Species”

Ensatina (Joe DiDonato)

Learn how populations of the Ensatina split in the Central Valley and discover how this little salamander—the textbook definition of a “ring species”—vividly illustrates how nature frustrates the human compulsion to classify and categorize species. more >>

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Giving Back to the Trails at Golden Gate

Trail volunteers (Maria Durana)

When the National Trails Systems Act of 1968 established a network of federally recognized trails across America, it also gave all of us a specific role and privilege. Learn what that is, and how National Trails Day (June 1) provides a chance to fulfill that duty. more >>

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Growing Expertise on Green Space in Cities

Growing Expertise on Green Space in Cities

Between 2010 and 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to rise by two billion people—almost all of them living in urban centers. Learn how the Institute is highlighting parks as vital factors for human and environmental health in an urbanizing world. more >>

June 2013 | Leave a comment

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 >>

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 >>

May 2013 | Leave a comment

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 >>

May 2013 | Leave a comment


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