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Muir Woods’ Boardwalk Empire Expands

Muir Woods’ Boardwalk Empire Expands

Muir Woods is a peaceful place of wonder. The parking lot and visitor center welcome visitors to explore the remarkable coast redwood trees. Once inside the woods, the Main Trail’s boardwalk leads visitors deep into a gentle valley ringed with old-growth trees. One such ring of old-growth trees, Founders Grove,... more >>


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Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Just two weeks before the BioBlitz in the Golden Gate National Parks, the Crissy Field Center’s Project WISE (Watersheds Inspiring Student Education) program will hold their annual Environmental Science Symposium. On March 19 and 20, Advanced Placement Environmental Science students... more >>


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Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Even though Mother Nature was kind enough to turn the waterworks on in mid-February, California continues to be affected by a severe drought and the recent rains may not be enough to reverse the trend.

According to dendrochronology, or the dating of past (climactic) events by measuring tree ring growth, trees... more >>


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The Ravens of Hawk Hill: Intelligence, Play, and Social Behavior

The Ravens of Hawk Hill

On any visit to Hawk Hill, you might notice the resident common ravens (Corvus corax) hanging out on fencing, sitting on platforms, or acrobatically tumbling through the air. 

Ravens belong to a taxonomic family of birds called the corvids, which also... more >>


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Bioblitz: Test Your Species Spotting Skills

Bioblitz: Test Your Species Spotting Skills

On March 28–29, you can join expert-led teams at sites all across the Golden Gate National Parks for a historic Bioblitz—a 24-hour event in which volunteers count as many birds, insects, fish, mammals, lichen, and other organisms as possible!

Organized by... more >>


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Change Makers Report Highlights Five Years of Institute Success

Change Makers

A nine-year old with ADHD. A teenager studying climate change. A café owner serving healthy, local food. A senior citizen with Type II diabetes.

What do they all have in common? The answer is our nation’s parks and open spaces!

Here at the Institute at the Golden Gate, we believe passionately... more >>


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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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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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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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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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