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Def-eating Weeds: A Holiday Feast of Nonnative Plants

Def-eating Weeds: A Holiday Feast of Nonative Plants

Across the parks, volunteers root out nonnative plants to help restore wildlife habitat. But did you know that those weeds can be quite tasty? Just in time for holiday meals, enjoy these recipes that use nonnative species found in the Bay Area! more >>

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Our National Park: A "Bucketful of Joy"

Card from 4th-6th graders who visited the Crissy Field Center

“Going to Chrissy Fields is as amazing as a kid not getting homework for the rest of the year.” See how school kids described their trips to Crissy Field Center, in words and pictures. Share in their inspiration and delight as they give thanks to the parks! more >>

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Hirsutory: A Hairy History of the Parklands


With men around the world growing mustaches in “Movember,” we sought inspiration in the annals of the Golden Gate National Parks. These parklands have seen many fine gentlemen of the face fur, and this list will “razor” awareness of some fascinating historical figures! more >>

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Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'

Citizen Scientists Root for the 'Sea Hawks'

In the heart of 49er country, two GGRO volunteers are working to monitor the Bay Area’s population of osprey (aka “sea hawks”). Learn how these citizen scientists are harnessing the power of the people to protect these magnificent birds. more >>

November 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

One Cool Cucumber: Marah and its Frightening Fruit

Marah and its Frightening Fruit

Most of the year, we like to feature soft, picture-perfect native plants that beckon you to frolic in the parklands. But for Halloween, we’re profiling the ghoulish wild cucumber, which features some diabolically scary fruit—and a terrifying rate of growth. more >>

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Growing Gains: Reflections from Two Nursery Youth Interns

Nursery interns

The school year’s just begun, but for students it’s not too early to think about summer internship opportunities! Read about two young people who enjoyed their LINC internship so much last summer that they came back to the park this past summer—as Presidio nursery interns. more >>

October 2014 | Leave a comment

“Cat” Café: Quick and Easy Cattail Recipes


Chew on this: cattails, those distinctive wetland plants, make for a tasty snack (or entrée)! Step into our Park Stewardship test kitchen as we share tips on preparing and cooking different parts of the cattail. You’ll find these recipes to be the cat’s pajamas! more >>

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8 Must-Do's at the New Presidio Officers' Club

Exterior rendering

On Oct. 4–5, our friends at the Presidio Trust are inviting the entire community to celebrate the grand reopening of the newly rehabilitated Officers’ Club—San Francisco’s most historic building and now a new cultural destination. Preview eight highlights of this exciting visitor gateway! more >>

October 2014 | 6 Comments | Leave a comment

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014: Let’s Make Trash Extinct

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Marine debris pollutes aquatic ecosystems, endangers wildlife, and impacts human health and safety. Help turn the tide against trash in waterways and the ocean; pitch-in for California Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 20. Be a part of the solution, not the pollution! more >>

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Oh, How We Have Grown

Oh, How We have Grown

In 1997, there was no organized nursery program, restoration work was relatively small-scale, and greenhouses were made of pipes and plastic sheets. From that humble start, Betty Young led nursery staff and dedicated volunteers in growing over 2 million plants. On the eve of Betty’s retirement, hear her story. more >>

September 2014 | 5 Comments | Leave a comment


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