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Who Says We Don’t Have Seasons?

Milagra Ridge (Mason Cummings)

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 >>


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A Hawkwatcher’s View of the New Hawk Hill

Hawk in flight (Walter Kitundu)

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 >>


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A Very Special Earth Day in January

Volunteers planting in the parks

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 >>


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"Flying" One Ton of Rock in Muir Woods

Ranger at Muir Woods

“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 >>


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Double Thumbs Up for Park Volunteers!

Staff giving two thumbs up

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 >>


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Setting the Table for the New Year

Hiker looking out at park scene

As we enter the New Year, we look ahead to what’s next for the Institute at the Golden Gate. With a newly approved action plan and launch deadlines quickly approaching, we are excited to jump feet first into our program work.

Parks and Public Health
Since 2009 the Institute at the... more >>


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Getting Out While Powering Up

Youth in parks using a tablet

When addressing technology in education, schools have been striving to keep up with the changing world and their students. Pencil sharpeners and black boards have been joined by newer devices like computers and digital scanners. It is apparent from this trend that as technologies are increasing in their applicability, society... more >>


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Family Dinner: Holiday Foods' Park Relatives

Turkey and chicks

At your next holiday feast, impress friends and family with some fresh knowledge. Read on to learn the origins of popular holiday foods and discover their closest relatives, found in our parks. Please don’t forage for these items (quite a few are inedible)—but fill your plate with some food for... more >>


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Holly-daze: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Toyon berries

Did Christmas come early this year? Well, if you are out hiking in our parks this month it may seem like it.

Heteromeles arbutifolia—otherwise known as Christmas berry or toyon—is in full glory right now. With its brilliant display of bright red berries and leathery serrated leafs, it can often get... more >>


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Intern Spotlight: Kaitlin De Blanc

Intern and kids on a hike

After completing her first-year term with us, Kaitlin came back for a second.

Before joining the team in 2011, Kaitlin was finishing up her two degrees in Environmental Studies and French. She was interested in the internship because of its relation to Environmental Studies but she accepted it because it also... more >>


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