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Post-shutdown Power-up: We Need YOU for Planting Season

Volunteer (Maria Durana)

The parks are open and many of you are already back in action, keeping the parks spectacular and engaging our community at large. THANK YOU!
Thank you for your tireless support and dedication, and thank you for your patience while the parks were closed due to the federal government... 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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Fresh Take: Youth Interns Study Ohlone Traditions, Native Plants, Adolph Sutro

Intern giving a presentation

Sambhav Jain, Edie Zhang, and Colton Juliano are three confident, enthusiastic, and hard-working young people who took on the challenge of the Summer Youth Internship—an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while enjoying their summers in the Golden Gate National Parks.

As part of their Park Stewardship duties with the Conservancy,... 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 >>


October 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

How Can Parks Help Teach Climate Change?

Youth out in the field

With the exception of the Bay Area, it was another hot summer across America. Not the record-breaking waves of heat that scorched the country in 2012, but hot enough to exacerbate the wildfire season, deepen ongoing droughts and water issues, and get people talking about climate change.

It has also been... 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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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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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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Mountain Lake’s Underwater Vegetation: Adventures with Stinky Plants

Michele in the field

A little more than a year ago, I learned that we would be collecting and growing submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) at the Presidio Nursery. Honestly, up until that time, I’d never even given a second thought to those stinky “seaweed”-like plants that grow under the surface of the water.  ... more >>


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