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Adventures with Stinky Plants: Part II

Finn Working with SAV

Dive back into the weird world of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), as we see how nursery staff and interns are demystifying the growing process for these fascinating plants that live beneath the surface of Mountain Lake in the Presidio. more >>



New Podcast: Nurturing Communities of Plants—and Volunteers

From Seed to Ecosystem: The Important Role the Park Nurseries Play in Rebuilding Ecosystems

Curious about how and why we need our Native Plant Nurseries to grow plants for restoration? Check out the second installment of the “Seed to Ecosystem” podcast for insightful interviews with nursery staff and one of our star volunteers. more >>


June 2014 | Leave a comment

Listen to the Spin of the Parks’ Restoration Cycle

Restoring the Park, ‘Touching the Future’

In a new podcast, hear from some of the amazing staff and interns working to preserve and restore the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Parks. Then find out how you can add your voice—and volunteer energy—to this chorus of care. more >>


April 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

With our unusually dry winter, you might be wondering what you can do at home to help reduce water usage. Liz Ponzini (Manager of the Tennessee Valley Nursery) shares her expertise, and tips you can use in your own backyard! more >>


March 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Native Plants for the Not-So-Hallmark Holiday

Bleeding Heart - Geral and Buff Corsi, photo by California Academy of Sciences

Valentine’s Day not exactly your favorite holiday? Just for you incurable curmudgeons—here’s a bouquet of plants with some less-than-romantic names that you certainly won’t be hearing about in any love sonnet. more >>


February 2014 | Leave a comment

Wave of Change at Rodeo Beach

Coastal Hedgenettle

Once a dairy farm, later an Army parade ground, and now an overflow parking area, the “surfer’s lot” at Rodeo Beach is being transformed. Learn more about the project, and some of the plants—grown by the Marin Headlands Nursery—that will help restore wildlife habitat. more >>


January 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Future is Planted at Muir Beach

Volunteer plants on MLK Day of Service

In mid-December, Muir Beach will reopen to visitors, who will enjoy new amenities, improved access, and restored habitat. They will also see a “barren” landscape of jute fabric—under which lies a bright future for this beloved park site. more >>


December 2013 | Leave a comment

Acorn Gathering: A Fall Tradition with a Long History

Acorns

Along with preparing plants for the busy winter planting season, nursery staff members are also keeping their eyes peeled for a signature seed of the season: acorns! Vital to our restoration efforts in the parks, they’re also important to the indigenous Ohlone tribes of the area. more >>


November 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Mountain Lake’s Underwater Vegetation: Adventures with Stinky Plants

Michele in the field

You may have heard about the incredible restoration effort going on at Mountain Lake in the Presidio, but did you know that this project also entails learning about and growing mysterious (and slightly stinky) submerged aquatic plants? Plunge in for a soggy adventure. more >>


October 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

Not as obvious as leaves or as ostentatious as flowers, seeds are often overlooked in our appreciation of plant life. But don’t miss out on their beauty! In this guide, one of the Parks Conservancy’s seed experts picks her favorites. more >>


August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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