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Institute Boosts Park Prescriptions Movement

Park users

Park Prescriptions has grown out of a conceptual phase into a period of rapid implementation. To ensure the sustainability of the movement, the Institute at the Golden Gate recognized the need to solve the operational hurdles present in collaborations between parks and health entities—as well as the necessity to hone... more >>


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Parks: A “Home” for Homeless Youth

Youth in the park

In San Francisco, an estimated 5,700 youth are homeless. With its mission to serve diverse audiences, the Crissy Field Center—an urban environmental education center—also provides programs for homeless children and families, through partnerships with organizations such as Hamilton Family Center, an organization that works to break the cycle of... more >>


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Soil Remediation and Community Conversations at the Presidio Bluffs

View from Presidio Bluffs

Since the Presidio began its conversion from Army post to national park, a myriad of projects were completed to preserve the rich history of the Army’s legacy while promoting a vibrant ecosystem that can be enjoyed by all. The soil remediation project on the Presidio Bluffs, southwest of the Golden... more >>


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Acorn Gathering: A Fall Tradition with a Long History

Acorns

Though the seasonal change in the Bay Area can be subtle, the change in daylight and the slight chill in the air signify a shift in routine for most of us, and the park nurseries are no different. This time of year the nurseries staff is rounding out the growing... more >>


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Big Bird, Little Bird: Size and Identifying Sex of Raptors

Northern Harriers

When observing animal species, the sexes often can be determined by noting differences in coloration, size, features, and even behavior. For example, male elk grow antlers, while females do not; in lions, the males have a mane, and the females do not. Among higher vertebrates, one manifestation of this “sexual... more >>


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Golden Gate Selected for the 2014 National Geographic BioBlitz

Black-tailed deer (Jessica Weinberg)

National Geographic and the National Park Service have partnered to conduct a BioBlitz in a different national park each year during the decade leading up to the NPS Centennial in 2016. For 24 hours, volunteer scientists, families, students, teachers, and other community members try to find and identify as many... more >>


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Community Group Programs Grow Park Awareness, Education

Kids at Earth Stroll

Last year, our Community Group Programs team led over 240 community programs. Community programs include ranger-led hikes, nature walks, and even offsite campfires. One of our most popular programs brings a campfire to a community organization’s site. We bring the fire and s’mores—and community groups bring the smiles! We also... more >>


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Student-Made Commercial Mixes Spoken Word, Park Volunteer Programs

Students directing filming (Maria Durana)

Three students from Ex’pression College’s digital filmmaking and motion graphics programs lent their talent this semester to produce a commercial, aimed at youth, for the park’s volunteer programs.

We think they deserve an “A”—and two enthusiastic thumbs up! We love the mix of spoken word, motion graphics, and great... more >>


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Fresh Tracks: GGRO Continues Innovative Raptor Monitoring

New color band (Abernathy)

Movements of Red-tailed Hawks/Peregrine Falcons with GSM

During the fall season, GGRO will continue its study of raptor movements utilizing GSM transmitters, which combine GPS and cell phone technologies to “text” researchers the tagged hawk’s locations. Because they are solar-powered, the units have the potential to last several years. They are... more >>


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Summer Crews Step Up to Improve Tennessee Valley Trail

Tennessee Valley

The National Park Service’s Golden Gate Trail Crew has been at it again! If you haven’t recently visited Tennessee Valley, then you’ve missed out on an incredible new improvement. Over the course of the summer, the National Park Service Trail Crew restored a portion of the Tennessee Valley Trail... more >>


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