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If you’ve been out in the Golden Gate National Parks walking your dog recently, you may have noticed that your furry friend was covered in burrs. Plants are relentless in spreading their future generations far and wide—even going so far as to hitch a ride on your pet. In the... more >>
New Institute at the Golden Gate Director Chris Spence tells us about his vision for the Institute—and his formative childhood experiences in the “spectacular countryside” of Bingley, England.
Native. Indigenous. Non-native. Exotic. Invasive.
What do these words mean to you? No matter what the context, these terms have strong connotations. It's no wonder that volunteers sometimes balk when we use these hot-button terms to describe plant species existing in the Golden Gate National Parks. Also, we all make the... more >>
Summer Camp at the Crissy Field Center offers an experience full of fun and adventure—imbued with environmentalism and excitement for our national parks. One program that conveys these values is Junior Rangers.
What makes Junior Rangers different from other offerings? It’s all off-site! The program centers on the idea of teaching... more >>
You have 75th anniversary fever. You’ve assembled your International Orange outfit. You’ve baked Bridge-shaped cookies. You’re forming Bridge towers out of your mashed potatoes. Now what? Here are the top seven-and-a-half ways to celebrate this momentous year for the Golden Gate Bridge—that international icon in the heart of our national... more >>
The 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge is an exciting time for the Golden Gate National Parks, as the community comes together to commemorate and celebrate the history and legacy of one of the world’s most beautiful and recognizable landmarks.
At the Crissy Field Center, our Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders... more >>
For thousands of years, birds of all shapes and sizes have followed signs and signals that humans still do not understand to travel between wintering and breeding grounds. Not all birds migrate, but those that do may voyage very far. For example, the Red Knot, a medium-sized shorebird, makes one... more >>
A key component of the Institute at the Golden Gate’s continuing Food for the Parks initiative is its close collaboration with the National Park Service to develop the NPS’ Healthy and Sustainable Food Program (HSFP). The creation of this program was spurred by NPS Director Jon Jarvis’ Call to Action,... more >>
With the build-up to the joyous celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, I can’t help but think of what this amazing icon means and the role it plays in our beloved Golden Gate National Parks. What does this beautiful landmark bridge?
The naturalist in me thinks of the... more >>
Small woody debris is an important component in repairing riverine ecosystems. The main purpose of small woody debris on Redwood Creek is to give adequate space for small fish to remain undetected by aerial predators and provide cooler temperature waters away from direct sunlight.
Greater amounts of this space, also called... more >>