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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


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


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

It’s Transplantapalooza Season for the Nurseries!

Nursery volunteer

The native plant nurseries in the Golden Gate National Parks follow a unique cycle. Since we rely on the park itself for the seeds and plant material we propagate for restoration projects, the nurseries follow the natural cycle of the land. Right now? Transplanting time! more >>

July 2013 | Leave a comment

Youth Take Charge in the Presidio Nursery

Youth volunteer at Presidio Nursery

Do you enjoy being outdoors? Curious about our amazing world of plants? Want to meet other youth interested in stewardship and develop your leadership skills? Read on to see the difference young people make in the Presidio native plant nursery. more >>

June 2013 | Leave a comment

Growing Season: Nurseries Spring into Action

Oak Seedling

Just as it is for the home gardener, spring means planning and planting seeds for our park nurseries. See how we’re gearing up for another big season of growing plants for restoration projects in the Golden Gate National Parks. more >>

April 2013 | Leave a comment

Our Romantic Plant of the Season

Wild strawberry

Love is in the air! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, there will be many sweet treats popping up on grocery store shelves and on restaurant menus to entice you and your Valentine. Many will contain one of nature’s sweetest offerings: strawberries. more >>

February 2013 | Leave a comment

A Very Special Earth Day in January

Volunteers planting in the parks

Muir Woods Earth Day is the longest-running event in the Golden Gate National Parks. It’s also one of the most enjoyable volunteer opportunities of the year. And it’s on January 26. Find out why we celebrate “Earth Day”—in the middle of winter. more >>

January 2013 | Leave a comment


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