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A Look Back at an Unforgettable 2013

Crissy Field Center Youth

This year at the Crissy Field Center, we bade a bittersweet farewell to Jie Chen, our former High School Program Manager, and Jon Shade, our former Media Specialist, as they went off to pursue other dreams. But we said hello to Ilana Somasunderam, our new Media Specialist, Jessica Chen, our... more >>


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Wave of Change at Rodeo Beach

Coastal Hedgenettle

The roadwork in Rodeo Valley will soon be completed, giving rise to three miles of smooth pavement that leads right to a brand-new wetland restoration site next to Rodeo Beach. The area had always been a natural wetland (now encircled by the Old Bunker Road Trail), but years of human... more >>


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Did Jute Know? Fun Facts about a Formidable Fabric

Working on jute (Monica Stafford)

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 >>


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Coot Boon on Rodeo Lagoon!

American Coots (Ingrid Taylor)

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 >>


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MLK: A Day of Volunteerism to Honor a Lifetime of Service

Park volunteer (Kirke Wrench)

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 >>


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Five Family-Friendly Hikes for Thanksgiving Weekend

Tennessee Cove (Alison Taggart-Barone)

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 >>


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The Smaller Winged Creatures Flying Through the Headlands

Variegated meadowhawk (Chris Heaivilin)

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 >>


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Getting Trained Up to Camp Out

Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training

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 >>


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The Story Behind the Newly Named Founders Grove

John Muir in Muir Woods (GGNRA Park Archives)

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 >>


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My Day Carrying a Google Trekker Backpack

Google Trekking

“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 >>


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