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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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Ready for a Record-Breaking Planting Season!

Volunteer at work

Ready, set, go! Planting season has begun and we have more plants than ever to get into the ground before the winter rains dry up in the parks—over 200,000 seedlings and 36 pounds of seed. We need you! Learn how to lend a hand this season. more >>

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Parks Holiday Gift Guide

Find fantastic gifts for the park lovers on your list while helping to support park programs. more >>

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Top 10 Creepiest Critters in the Parks

Jerusalem Cricket

Life is not all river otters and coyote pups. Some organisms in these national parks simply give us the heebie-jeebies—justifiably or not. With Halloween a few days away, here’s our list of the scariest and grossest creatures. For the squeamish, turn away. For the stout-hearted, read on—if you dare. more >>

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When Day Fades Away, Bats Come Out to Play

Little Brown Bat

Have you ever looked up at the twilight sky to see an erratic flutter of wings? Maybe you tried to convince yourself that it was just a sparrow, but chances are what you actually saw was a little brown bat. Although bats carry a loathsome reputation, humans derive a great benefit from these tiny creatures. more >>

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Public Dashboard Tracks Center’s Energy Use

Crissy Field Center Wind Turbines

If you’ve been by the Crissy Field Center recently, you’ve probably seen the wind turbines spinning with the wind. Have you ever wondered how much energy they are producing? Well, now you can find out! more >>

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