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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 >>



It’s Transplantapalooza Season for the Nurseries!

Nursery volunteer

To provide native plants for restoration, the nurseries have to follow a unique cycle that is dictated by the natural cycles in the Golden Gate National Parks. July marks a busy time of year for the nurseries. Not only are restoration managers submitting requests for next year's restoration project plants,... more >>


July 2013 | Leave a comment

Volunteers Rock National Trails Day!

National Trails Day Volunteers

We had a blast on National Trails Day, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and generous sponsors—and beautiful weather and great service projects! We can’t thank the volunteers enough for rallying, bringing such great energy, and working hard to give some TLC to our Golden Gate National Parks.

Making... more >>


July 2013 | Leave a comment

Institute Helps Launch Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area

Exercising on Crissy Field

Park, health, and community organizations from all nine Bay Area counties—including the Institute at the Golden Gate—launched a coordinated effort called Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area in June to provide approachable, culturally relevant park programming for communities with high health needs. The programs, which involved over two dozen diverse... more >>


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A New Face and a New Phase: Summer Trail Work Days

Jaimie Baxter

We are lucky to welcome Jaimie Baxter as the new Trails Stewardship Manager. Before arriving at the Parks Conservancy, Jaimie started her journey among the towering redwood trees of Humboldt County, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Humboldt State University. During her time at school,... more >>


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Ten Park Trail Names Explained

Sweeney Ridge (Kirke Wrench)

Most trail names are self-explanatory; they take their monikers from the area’s geographic features or natural resources. But some are a little more cryptic and obscure. In honor of National Trails Day (taking place on June 1 this year), we did a little sleuthing into 10... more >>



How the Enigmatic Ensatina Sheds Light on “Species”

Ensatina (Joe DiDonato)

On a misty day during a walk through Muir Woods, I saw a small brown and orange salamander.  It was a brief look, and I am a poor herpetologist, but I suspect it was an Ensatina—or Ensatina eschsholtzii to those with a systematics bent—that occurs in habitats from coniferous forests... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

Youth Take Charge in the Presidio Nursery

Youth volunteer at Presidio Nursery

Every summer, as the fog rolls in, so do our wonderful youth who come to cheer our spirits and give us the most marvelous gift: their leadership in service. A variety of community groups come to the Presidio native plant nursery, from high school students seeking leadership skills to Boy... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

School’s Out, But Learning’s Still In Session

CFC Campers

Summer is an exciting time for kids, but a big concern for parents and educators alike is the three-month lapse in learning that often accompanies those school-free months. At the Crissy Field Center, we recognize the need to produce a day-camp experience that stimulates and captivates each camper, while presenting... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

Muir Beach Closed July 8-Mid December, 2013

Muir Beach

Muir Beach will be closed July 8–late November (see update below), while the parking lot is realigned and wetlands restored. The parking lot, all parking in the area, and all services, including restrooms, will be closed during construction. The Pelican Inn will remain open, as well as trails leading from... more >>



 

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