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National Trails Day 2015: One of the Biggest Ever

National Trails Day

We’re restoring mountain trails, creating important connections with our communities, building new bridges, and blazing new trails for National Trails Day 2015. Now the only question is: where will YOU be on Saturday, June 6? more >>

May 2015 | Leave a comment

Report: Youth Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

Youth Participation Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

A new report by the Institute at the Golden Gate examines how youth programs can make the national parks more relevant to diverse populations. The two case studies in the report? Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area—and our own Golden Gate National Parks more >>

April 2015 | Leave a comment

Lyrical Landscape: Six Poems of Our Parklands


Capturing the majesty and the experience of natural settings through written language is a tradition as rich and time-honored as the land itself. In honor of National Poetry Month, we present to you six poems inspired by the superlative scenery of the Bay Area and the Golden Gate National Parks. more >>

April 2015 | Leave a comment

Tough Parker: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Tough Parker

Stewarding the beloved Golden Gate National Parks takes blood, sweat, tears, and—most importantly—dirt. It’s for these reason that we have decided to take our Park Stewardship program to the next level—announcing “Tough Parker,” an endurance event series for our hard park fans. Are you up for the challenge? more >>

April 2015 | Leave a comment

Have You Ever Wanted to Fly Over Tam?

Our Tam

The Tamalpais Lands Collaborative (TLC) has launched a visually stunning, dynamic web portal that allows supporters to share their memories and stories of Mt. Tam. more >>

April 2015 | Leave a comment

A Bird’s Eye View of Alcatraz

alcatraz gull

Join Chris Briggs, research director of our Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, for a tour of the nesting birds on Alcatraz. In this essay, he points out some rookeries on the Rock—and shares the sad history of the turn-of-the-century feather craze. more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

Golden Gate Herstory: Famous Ladies of the Parklands

meyer thumb

One of the earliest residents of Yerba Buena. A pioneering dairy rancher during the Gold Rush era. And a woman who, for U.S. servicemen in WWII, became synonymous with San Francisco. In honor of Women’s History Month, read their stories and more. more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

A Dean Among Rangers: Park Superintendent Retires


After a National Park Service career of almost 40 years, Frank Dean is retiring. Learn about his enduring legacy at Golden Gate—and find out what’s next for Frank in his remarkable life of work on behalf of public lands. more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

2014 Migration: Rise of the Rock Star Raptors


What do you call two smiling raptor banders? A pair o’grins! Beaming faces were abundant on Hawk Hill during the fall 2014 migration season, which featured plenty of “celebrity” raptors, a loopy Redtail, a bald eagle flyby, and 300 intrepid Golden Gate Raptor Observatory volunteers. more >>

February 2015 | Leave a comment

V-Day in the Parks—For Everybody!

Fort Baker

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for greeting-card shills, sappy romantics, and the cynics who hate them. Here in the Golden Gate National Parks, we have park sites for everybody on V-Day. Our expert staff chose the perfect place to spend the holiday—with your sweetie, with your buddies, with your puppy, or all by yourself. more >>

February 2015 | Leave a comment


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