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Double Thumbs Up for Park Volunteers!

Staff giving two thumbs up

As 2012 draws to a close, we want to give an enormous and heartfelt THANK YOU to all park volunteers! We are incredibly grateful that you choose to give the gift of your time and energy to these parklands. Read on to see your amazing year of accomplishments. more >>

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Setting the Table for the New Year

Hiker looking out at park scene

As we enter 2013, the Institute at the Golden Gate is lining up a series of ground-breaking pilot programs, cutting-edge reports, and innovative partnerships in their core focus areas: public health, food, and climate change. See what we’ve got cooking! more >>

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Getting Out While Powering Up

Youth in parks using a tablet

Experiencing the outdoors and engaging with electronics need not be mutually exclusive. Learn how Crissy Field Center staff—and educators across the country—are harnessing new technologies to connect young people with parks and open space. 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 thought! more >>

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My Friend, the Turkey Vulture

Turkey Vulture

We fear them not because they would kill us, but because their mere company means we may already be dead. Our imagination conjures a thirsty miner, crawling across the desert, exhaling a last gasp, and—poof!—he is theirs. Here’s an alternate view of vultures. more >>

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Holly-daze: A Case of Mistaken Identity

Toyon berries

This plant, erroneously identified as “holly,” gave Hollywood its name. And its merry berries certainly lend a festive air to the parks during the holiday season. Read on to unmask this mystery plant. more >>

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Intern Spotlight: Kaitlin De Blanc

Intern and kids on a hike

Read about our National Park Service School Programs intern and her artistic talents, love of French, and passion for environmental education. more >>

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Don't Tip the Scales: Hike a Park Trail


It’s the big eating season. Here in the Golden Gate National Parks you can have your cake (umm, pie) and eat it too. Manage the holiday feasting and stress with three great park trails that will have you feeling fine and ready to dine (again)! more >>

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Critical Mast: The Boom and Bust of Acorns

Oak woodland

How many times have I walked under the same trees and failed to look up, staring at my own two feet as I walk? Well today was different, someone told me that the oak trees of California are masting, and I wanted to see if it was true. more >>

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Where Do We Go From Here?

Fort Baker

The Institute at the Golden Gate is ready to take flight in its fifth year. Learn how the Institute plans to emerge as a catalyst—and then a leader—in meeting some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges of our time. more >>

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