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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 >>


December 2012 | Leave a comment

A "LINC" to Nature, New Career Paths

2012 LINC Program

“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 >>


October 2012 | Leave a comment

RYC Rollin': Part 3

Restoration Youth Crew (Mason Cummings)

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 >>


September 2012 | Leave a comment

RYC Rollin': Part 2

Restoration Youth Crew member (Mason Cummings)

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 >>


September 2012 | Leave a comment

RYC Rollin': A Day with the Restoration Youth Crew

Restoration Youth Crew (Mason Cummings)

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 >>


September 2012 | Leave a comment

The Mission Blues of Oakwood Valley

The Mission Blues of Oakwood Valley

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 >>


July 2012 | Leave a comment

The Big Importance of Small Woody Debris

The Big Importance of Small Woody Debris

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 >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

Fifteen Years and Growing Strong: Oceana High School Native Plant Nursery and Garden Project

Oceana Nursery Program

Tucked behind the concrete walls, florescent lights, and sprawling hallways of Oceana High School in Pacifica, there is a small outpost where natural light and mist meet lush green vegetation.

Fifteen years ago, seed funding from a National Park Service grant helped to fund the... more >>


April 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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