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“Renaissance man” is an apt sobriquet for Ron Maykel. A close neighbor of Mori Point in Pacifica, Ron not only has a dazzling array of interests befitting someone with such a moniker—he also played a key role in that park site’s rebirth.
Professionally as a planner, Ron had served on Pacifica’s... more >>
We had a blast on National Trails Day, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and generous sponsors—and beautiful weather and great service projects! We can’t thank the volunteers enough for rallying, bringing such great energy, and working hard to give some TLC to our Golden Gate National Parks.
Making... more >>
We are lucky to welcome Jaimie Baxter as the new Trails Stewardship Manager. Before arriving at the Parks Conservancy, Jaimie started her journey among the towering redwood trees of Humboldt County, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Humboldt State University. During her time at school,... more >>
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 >>
“If you want to sing out, sing out, and if you want to be free, be free, ’cause there’s a million things to be you know that there are, you know that there are, you know that there are...” A chorus of 20 voices trails off gradually, followed by enthusiastic... more >>
2:03 pm: Stress release—and all other motivating factors—are waning. One hour into the afternoon session, the crew members are slowing considerably; some are leaning on their weed wrenches, some are sitting on the grass; some are declaring their need for naptime. “I’m having an existential crisis! What am I doing... more >>
11:05 am: After a brief but intense climb, Price brings the caravan to a rest stop as he points out Angel Island in the Bay, and Mount Tamalpais looming before them. Along the way to the restoration site, a hillside... more >>
The surfer. The artist. The Boy Scout. The nature lover. The self-described “girly girl.” These aren’t stereotypical characters stenciled into a new reality TV show. They’re some of the fascinating—and fantastic—high school students who were a part of this summer’s Restoration Youth Crew (RYC). Facilitated by the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship... more >>
During the late spring and early summer, the Park Stewardship’s Restoration Team goes through the exciting process of monitoring the endangered mission blue butterfly. Each year, the team ventures out to the grassy hills of Oakwood Valley to collect details on the butterfly’s life—its behavior, its numbers, and its location.... 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 >>