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Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

We pay attention to the plant life that colors the trail sides and provides the textured backdrop for our photos. We seek out spring blooms and marvel at nature’s varied flower art.

But when was the last time you stopped to appreciate the seeds that create and propagate these beauties for... more >>


August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

It’s Transplantapalooza Season for the Nurseries!

Nursery volunteer

To provide native plants for restoration, the nurseries have to follow a unique cycle that is dictated by the natural cycles in the Golden Gate National Parks. July marks a busy time of year for the nurseries. Not only are restoration managers submitting requests for next year's restoration project plants,... more >>


July 2013 | Leave a comment

Youth Take Charge in the Presidio Nursery

Youth volunteer at Presidio Nursery

Every summer, as the fog rolls in, so do our wonderful youth who come to cheer our spirits and give us the most marvelous gift: their leadership in service. A variety of community groups come to the Presidio native plant nursery, from high school students seeking leadership skills to Boy... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

Growing Season: Nurseries Spring into Action

Oak Seedling

With spring freshly arrived, you’re probably busy planning your garden for the season. Well, in a sense, the park nurseries are doing the same thing—only we’re not planning for gardens, we’re planning for dozens of park restoration and stewardship sites. With help from our dedicated volunteers, the staff of the... more >>


April 2013 | Leave a comment

Our Romantic Plant of the Season

Wild strawberry

If your loved one takes you out to a nice restaurant this Valentine’s Day and you still have room for dessert, most likely you will see chocolate-covered strawberries on the menu. As you bite into one of nature’s most delectable fruits, you may take some time to ponder the plant... 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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Ready for a Record-Breaking Planting Season!

Volunteer at work

Volunteers have played a vital role in the entire cycle of nurturing our native plants—seed collecting, seed cleaning, seed sowing, composting, pot washing, transplanting and, now, outplanting across the parks at restoration sites.

Much of this activity has centered in our six park nurseries, located in Marin, San Francisco, and San... more >>


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Back from the Brink of Extinction

Alligator Lizard

As you may know the assumed to be extinct Franciscan manzanita (or “Francie,” as staff in the park have come to call the original plant), was rediscovered during the Doyle Drive work. CalTrans relocated all 20,000 pounds of the plant in January... more >>


November 2012 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

The Importance of So Much Little White Fluff

The Importance of So Much Little White Fluff

Sometimes it seems like San Francisco summer finally arrives in September/October. It seems the endless bank of fog finally lifts and the sun shines down upon us all—making Baker Beach a popular destination.

If you find yourself strolling down the sand ladder to enjoy some time on the beach, look out... more >>


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Help Name a Shady New Building

09 Help Name a Shady New Building

The Presidio Native Plant Nursery—one of six nurseries in the Golden Gate National Parks—will soon open a long-awaited structure: a new 72’ by 110’ shadehouse!

A shadehouse is a structure used to house tender plants coming out of a greenhouse, as a way to harden them off and get them ready... more >>


September 2012 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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