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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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
On any given winter day, you might see over a dozen species of water birds in Rodeo Lagoon (ducks making up only a small proportion of these)—not to mention all sorts of interesting songbirds and mammals.
The most abundant species in the lagoon right now is the American Coot (Fulica americana).... more >>
It has been 50 years since Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and our park will honor his life and legacy on January 20, 2014.
One of the ways that we can honor his life and all the good... more >>
Typically, the weekend after Thanksgiving is spent shopping for holiday gifts and making leftover turkey (or tofurkey) sandwiches.
But instead of being cooped up in a mall all weekend, you and the family could help digest that stomach-stretching feast while enjoying spectacular views, exploring newly restored habitats, and maybe even spotting... more >>
Odonates are dragonflies and damselflies that are associated with water. As flying adults, they are carnivorous that prey on other insects. Their name comes from the Greek word odṓn meaning “tooth”—even though it is now known that their strong mandibles (jaws) do not have teeth but rather serrations.
Dragonflies are fairly... more >>
This video is an introduction to the Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training (CAPLT). During this 30-hour, overnight leadership training course, participants learn about gear, transportation, educational programming, guided hikes, and more—knowledge they’ll use when they bring their groups for a full camping experience in the Presidio of San Francisco.
Since... more >>
The importance of Muir Woods in the early conservation movement is best understood by considering those who made the decision to protect the area from destruction. There were many hands and voices that shaped Muir Woods at its inception, but three men were particularly influential—and they continue to be honored... more >>
“You do know the pack weighs 40 pounds, right?” my manager asked, when I told him I wanted to spend a work day hiking around the Golden Gate National Parks with a Google Trekker on my back.
I said that I did know. Forty pounds should be no sweat for an... more >>