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Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

We pay attention to the plant life that colors the trail sides and provides the textured backdrop for our photos. We seek out spring blooms and marvel at nature’s varied flower art.

But when was the last time you stopped to appreciate the seeds that create and propagate these beauties for... more >>


August 2013 | 259 Comments | Leave a comment

Making His Point: One Volunteer’s Mori Story

Volunteer Ron Maykel

“Renaissance man” is an apt sobriquet for Ron Maykel. A close neighbor of Mori Point in Pacifica, Ron not only has a dazzling array of interests befitting someone with such a moniker—he also played a key role in that park site’s rebirth.

Professionally as a planner, Ron had served on Pacifica’s... more >>


August 2013 | 35 Comments | Leave a comment

The Origins of Feathers

Bluebird

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a great place to see birds. You can see the largest migration of raptors in western North America in the Marin Headlands, find spotted owls in Muir Woods, or see shorebirds at Lands End (to name just a few).

Arguably, the quintessential part of... more >>


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Intern Spotlight: Luciana and Nathaniel

Crissy Field Center Intern

When our Media Lab Specialist, Jon Shade, had the opportunity to tour Europe this summer, we were excited and supported him on his adventure. We did, however, have the small task of deciding who would run the Media Lab in his stead. Ultimately, we bestowed the challenge on two of... more >>


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Free Time on Your Hands? Volunteer!

Volunteers at Ocean Beach

Got some free time this summer? We’ve got some free, fun, and productive activities for you— volunteering in the parks! Volunteering is a great way to get outside, explore your parks, spend time with friends and family, meet great folks, and make a positive impact in your community.

On almost every... more >>


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National Food Changes Have Roots in Bay Area

Jon Jarvis announces Healthy Food Program (NPS, Tami Heilemann)

This summer the National Park Service (NPS) announced its commitment to provide healthy, nutritious food at every national park in the country. NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, joined by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass, issued new healthy food standards and... more >>


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The Cliff House and San Francisco’s Long History of Dining Out

Cliff House Exterior (Bob Holloway Collection)

“Everything about San Francisco smells deliciously of money or Sauce Mornay.”
--Lucius Beebe, journalist

Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the Cliff House first opened its doors here on the West Coast in 1863—the same year Civil War Union troops repelled General Lee’s Confederate advances during the Battle of Gettysburg! Renowned... more >>



Finding Love for the City

I-YEL Members

Each year, our Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) develop a project that addresses an environmental or social issue. This year, our interns chose to do a play. They have written an entire script, memorized their lines, created their own props and costumes, and are ready to perform for an audience!

The... more >>



Debunking Myths About California’s Native Plants

Wildflowers

For me, it can be honestly confusing, since in my head brews a romantic comedy of plant love with me cast as the prototypical heroine and the native plants as my hero. I easily envision myself running with bags full of seeds, tossing them in the air, rolling in fields... more >>



Owls: Custom-Made for Night Hunting

Great Horned Owl (Don Moseman)

Recently, during a hike on one of northern California’s beautiful trails, I found a tail feather from a Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus). It was a long wing feather—mottled shades of white and brown and covered in fuzz, a signature of many owl species.

The feather was an interesting reminder of... more >>



 

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