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Time to Play: Name that Trail!

Name that Trail

To build excitement for National Trails Day on June 2, we are putting you to the (trail) test. Flex your brain muscles to identify the park and the trail in the photos below and discover what type of trail aficionado (or not!) you are. (Scroll down... more >>



Bay Area Bald Eagles: Slow but Steady Growth for the National Bird

Bay Area Bald Eagles

In the 21st century, Bald Eagles have become a more common than rare sighting in the Bay Area, mostly seen in the wintertime near a supply of ducks or fish. In the spring or summer, nesting Balds may even stake a claim near a large Bay Area lake or reservoir.... more >>



How a Seed Gets on the Move

How a Seed Gets on the Move

If you’ve been out in the Golden Gate National Parks walking your dog recently, you may have noticed that your furry friend was covered in burrs. Plants are relentless in spreading their future generations far and wide—even going so far as to hitch a ride on your pet. In the... more >>


June 2012 | Leave a comment

Institute Welcomes a New Director

Institute Welcomes a New Director

New Institute at the Golden Gate Director Chris Spence tells us about his vision for the Institute—and his formative childhood experiences in the “spectacular countryside” of Bingley, England.

1. Can you give us a short highlight tour of your history?
I was born in England and spent most of... more >>



The Importance of Knowing What "Invasive" Means

The Importance of Knowing What

Native. Indigenous. Non-native. Exotic. Invasive.

What do these words mean to you? No matter what the context, these terms have strong connotations. It's no wonder that volunteers sometimes balk when we use these hot-button terms to describe plant species existing in the Golden Gate National Parks. Also, we all make the... more >>



Junior Rangers on Patrol

Junior Rangers on Patrol

Summer Camp at the Crissy Field Center offers an experience full of fun and adventure—imbued with environmentalism and excitement for our national parks. One program that conveys these values is Junior Rangers.

What makes Junior Rangers different from other offerings? It’s all off-site! The program centers on the idea of teaching... more >>



7.5 Ways to Celebrate the 75th

7.5 Ways to Celebrate the 75th

You have 75th anniversary fever. You’ve assembled your International Orange outfit. You’ve baked Bridge-shaped cookies. You’re forming Bridge towers out of your mashed potatoes. Now what? Here are the top seven-and-a-half ways to celebrate this momentous year for the Golden Gate Bridge—that international icon in the heart of our national... more >>



I-YEL "Unmasks" Media at Golden Gate Festival

I-YEL Unmasks Media at Golden Gate Festival

The 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge is an exciting time for the Golden Gate National Parks, as the community comes together to commemorate and celebrate the history and legacy of one of the world’s most beautiful and recognizable landmarks.

At the Crissy Field Center, our Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders... more >>



Aerial Bridges: Birds that Span Continents

Aerial Bridges_Birds that Span Continents

For thousands of years, birds of all shapes and sizes have followed signs and signals that humans still do not understand to travel between wintering and breeding grounds. Not all birds migrate, but those that do may voyage very far. For example, the Red Knot, a medium-sized shorebird, makes one... more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

Institute Heeds Call to "Eat Well and Prosper"

Institute Heeds Call to Eat Well and Prosper

A key component of the Institute at the Golden Gate’s continuing Food for the Parks initiative is its close collaboration with the National Park Service to develop the NPS’ Healthy and Sustainable Food Program (HSFP). The creation of this program was spurred by NPS Director Jon Jarvis’ Call to Action,... more >>


May 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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