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Community Group Programs: More Reach, More Impact, More Fitness

Crissy Field Center

2014 is an exciting year for the Crissy Field Center’s Community Group Programs. With support from the National Park Service, the “Tickets to the Rock” program will provide opportunities for more young people to visit one of the Bay Area’s most iconic landmarks—Alcatraz Island. 

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We Love Our Park Volunteers!!

 We Love Our Park Volunteers!!

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, it’s a time to show warmth and appreciation for those who have made a positive and lasting impression on our lives. Here in the Golden Gate National Parks, one incredible community of folks stands out and absolutely shines—our PARK VOLUNTEERS. On behalf of the... more >>


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The Glamorous, Fabulous Ferruginous Hawk

Adult Ferruginous Hawk, photo by Walter Kitundu

“Boy, I’d love to see a ferrug right now!”

This is one of the most often-spoken statements by hawkwatch volunteers at the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO), and understandably so. 

The Ferruginous Hawk (known as the “ferrug” in hawkwatcher short-hand) is so... more >>


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Hope for Oakwood Valley: Project Uncovers Young Oak, Bay Trees

volunteers planting

Oakwood Valley is home to the largest naturally occurring oak/bay woodland in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Unfortunately, the health of the oak and bay trees is threatened by the rapid expansion of invasive eucalyptus and acacia trees, cotoneaster, and French broom. Sudden Oak Death and wildfire due to... more >>


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Our 13 Favorite Photos from 2013

Young volunteer

Here at Park E-ventures world headquarters, we see hundreds and hundreds of photos every year. In its own way, each of these images captures the natural beauty, cultural richness, conservation ethic, and human warmth that imbue these national parks.

But a select few photographs make our short list of favorites. They... more >>


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A Look Back at an Unforgettable 2013

Crissy Field Center Youth

This year at the Crissy Field Center, we bade a bittersweet farewell to Jie Chen, our former High School Program Manager, and Jon Shade, our former Media Specialist, as they went off to pursue other dreams. But we said hello to Ilana Somasunderam, our new Media Specialist, Jessica Chen, our... more >>


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2013: A Key Year to Unlocking the Power of Parks

Fort Baker

The past year has been a remarkable one for the Institute at the Golden Gate. We started 2013 with a list of ambitious goals focused on one key mission: making parks and public lands part of the solution to some of society’s biggest challenges. We’re thrilled to report that 2013... more >>


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Wave of Change at Rodeo Beach

Coastal Hedgenettle

The roadwork in Rodeo Valley will soon be completed, giving rise to three miles of smooth pavement that leads right to a brand-new wetland restoration site next to Rodeo Beach. The area had always been a natural wetland (now encircled by the Old Bunker Road Trail), but years of human... more >>


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Did Jute Know? Fun Facts about a Formidable Fabric

Working on jute (Monica Stafford)

Jute is a natural and permeable textile fabric that is made from two varieties of plants related to hibiscus and cotton: white jute (Corchorus capsularis) and tossa jute (Corchorous oblitorius). The fabric is made from the outer stem of the plant in a process called retting, in which the unwanted... more >>


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Fielding Suggestions: Share Your Feedback on Refreshing Crissy

Roving Ranger

Thirteen years after the restoration of Crissy Field and marsh, the National Park Service, Parks Conservancy, and the Presidio Trust are looking into maintenance needs or any other improvements to “refresh” Crissy Field.

Since 2000, Crissy Field, the promenade, and beaches have become one of the most popular park spaces in... more >>


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