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Trail Anatomy 101: Name That Feature!

Child on park trail

National Trails Day is right around the corner (June 1). So put on you thinking caps—or your hard hats—and grab a shovel, because you’ll need to dig deep into your memory and knowledge. It’s time to play Name That Trail Feature! more >>

May 2013 | Leave a comment

Freshly Picked, Tasty Tea Recipes

Strawberry tea leaves

Rather than going to your local grocery store, have you ever considered going out to your backyard for tea ingredients? You don’t need to look far to find plants that benefit your health, taste delicious, and—best of all—cost virtually nothing. more >>

May 2013 | Leave a comment

A New Twist for Park Internships

Park interns

The park has partnered with SFSU and CCSF to engage college students in semester-long Academic Internships. The spring semester pilot has been an incredible success and we’ve had the honor to work with some amazing young adults. Hear them share their experiences! more >>

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John Muir, Merely a Naturalist?

John Muir

This year marks the 175th birthday of "The Father of the National Parks"—John Muir. Many of us know him as a naturalist, but did you know that John Muir was also an engineer, writer, explorer, botanist, geologist, and the founder of the Sierra Club? more >>

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Parks: The New Climate Classroom

Wind turbines at Crissy Field Center

In the wake of releasing a new report, Climate Change in the Parks: Innovative Climate Change Education in Parks, the Institute is building momentum for a two-day conference that will gather educators and park leaders to forge new ways to engage the public. more >>

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Go-Go Boots and the Green and Gray

Old NPS Uniform

Take a fascinating look back at National Park Service uniforms for women—from the “Army corps” look to the “stewardess” outfit. As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we explore how the evolution of NPS uniforms reflects women’s long struggle for equality in the workforce. more >>

April 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Growing Season: Nurseries Spring into Action

Oak Seedling

Just as it is for the home gardener, spring means planning and planting seeds for our park nurseries. See how we’re gearing up for another big season of growing plants for restoration projects in the Golden Gate National Parks. more >>

April 2013 | Leave a comment

Un-Discovering SF Bay: Hiking Sweeney Ridge from Sneath Lane


It seems remarkable that we can pinpoint an exact date—November 4, 1769—when Europeans first caught sight of San Francisco Bay. Afterward, nothing would ever quite be the same, ecologically or anthropologically, in this grand watershed. Or would it? more >>

April 2013 | Leave a comment

The Four-Season Field Guide to Poison Oak

Poison Oak

“Leaves of three, let it be. If it’s hairy, it’s a berry. If it’s shiny, watch your hiney.” That famous rhyme can help you pick out poison oak—for part of the year. But, because Toxicodendron diversilobum is deciduous, what about the other seasons? more >>

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Catch the Spring Service Fever

Volunteer at work in the park

It’s time to head out to your nearby national parklands for lots of spring cleaning and restoration. Celebrate Earth Day, National Volunteer Week, National Youth Service Day, and National Park Week by pitching in for your Golden Gate National Parks. There’s something for everyone! more >>

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