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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 >>
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 >>
“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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>