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Native Plant Nurseries Build Bridges of Natural Habitat

Native Plant Nurseries Build

With the build-up to the joyous celebration for the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th Anniversary, I can’t help but think of what this amazing icon means and the role it plays in our beloved Golden Gate National Parks. What does this beautiful landmark bridge?

The naturalist in me thinks of the... more >>


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The Big Importance of Small Woody Debris

The Big Importance of Small Woody Debris

Small woody debris is an important component in repairing riverine ecosystems. The main purpose of small woody debris on Redwood Creek is to give adequate space for small fish to remain undetected by aerial predators and provide cooler temperature waters away from direct sunlight.

Greater amounts of this space, also called... more >>


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Move that Fence: Presidio Trail Upgrades Opening Soon

Golden Gate Overlook

After almost one year, the detour signs and k-rails are starting to disappear from the west side of the Presidio along Lincoln Boulevard.

Behind all those cyclone fences and barricades, Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust staff and construction crews have been working on several trail improvement and resource... more >>


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Point Bonita Bridge is Open!

Point Bonita Bridge is Open

The original lighthouse, built in 1855 high upon a cliff face of the Marin Headlands, was buried in fog and considered ineffective. Therefore it was moved to its current location in 1877. To get there safely a hand-hewn tunnel was constructed through unstable rock. The tunnel and a trail walking... more >>


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Lands End Visitor Center Opening in April

Statue at Lands End Lookout

Lands End has landed its visitor center. Conceived with the community's input, supported by the community's generosity, and realized through the community's cooperation, the long-awaited Lookout will see its grand opening on April 28. And you're invited! The event--which features a ribbon-cutting, open house,... more >>


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"Park Pursuit" Enlivens Earth Stroll

Earth Stroll (Tung Chee)

Earth Stroll is back on April 21! Earth Stroll activities encourage children and families to take care of themselves--and the planet--by getting out and getting active in the breathtaking national park next door. Earth Stroll is produced by the Crissy Field Center (a partnership... more >>


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Bank Swallows of Fort Funston

Bank Swallows of Fort Funston

Although truly global in their range (called “Sand Martins” in Eurasia and Africa), Bank Swallows were classed as “threatened” in the state of California in 1989, primarily due to the loss of their required cliff-nesting habitat. Because coastal sand bluffs are so rare, only... more >>


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International Park Leaders Learn From Golden Gate

International Park Leaders Learn from Golden Gate

In April, the Institute at the Golden Gate and Golden Gate National Parks will welcome the third National Parks Institute (NPI) Executive Leadership Seminar to Cavallo Point Lodge at Fort Baker. During the National Parks Institute’s intensive 12-day program, park leaders spend time within... more >>


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The Hunt for Bulbs in Redwood Creek Watershed

Plant Bulb

The Spring Equinox is almost upon us and it’s the time of year when we all wait for the rains to get the wildflower show started. At the Redwood Creek Nursery, though, we are collecting something a little different this year.

This year we are on the hunt for bulbs, specifically... more >>


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Fifteen Years and Growing Strong: Oceana High School Native Plant Nursery and Garden Project

Oceana Nursery Program

Tucked behind the concrete walls, florescent lights, and sprawling hallways of Oceana High School in Pacifica, there is a small outpost where natural light and mist meet lush green vegetation.

Fifteen years ago, seed funding from a National Park Service grant helped to fund the... more >>


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