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Ten Years of Happy Trails, Countless Memories

Trails Forever Slideshow

2012 marks a decade of Trails Forever—a tremendously successful initiative to improve trails and habitats across the Golden Gate National Parks. Take a walk down memory lane and check out images capturing our favorite Trails Forever moments. more >>

April 2012 | Leave a comment

A Bloomin' Good Time


A dry and relatively warm winter means the wildflowers are popping early this year! In March, the parks start unfolding their spectacular spectrum of color. Read on for our park botanists’ favorite petal-peeping spots. more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

Middle School Youth Blaze Their Trails

Volunteers planting at Mori Point

Want your middle school student to get a job this summer? Consider applying for Urban Trail Blazers, Crissy Field Center’s paid internship program for middle schoolers. Interns will explore their national park, complete various art projects, and have fun this summer—all while getting paid! more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

Breezy Redtails and Their Feather Secrets

Red-tailed Hawk

Balancing precariously on the strong March winds, stilling Red-tailed Hawks are easy to spot in the Marin Headlands. But what’s the driving force behind this aerial feat? What adaptations do these majestic raptors rely upon to perch in the sky? more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

Google Earth: Mapping Whales, Tracking Turtles

Google Earth

We recently caught up with some of the environmental leaders who participated in a Google Earth Outreach training workshop last year at the Institute at the Golden Gate. Read on to see how they are using mapping technology. Also, learn details about the next workshop! more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

A Shamrock or a Sham?

Oxalis oregano

Shamrocks are one of the quintessential symbols of the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, but have you ever wondered how these cute green icons compare to plants we see in the wild, here in the Golden Gate National Parks? more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

What's Hiding Under the Pines?

Winter Wonderland

The seasonal game of hide and go seek has begun! It’s time for a favorite wintertime activity: mushroom hunting! With the late rains, we’ll be seeing mushrooms popping up later than usual in our parks. Let’s get started! more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

A New Way Through Muir Woods

Muir Woods Boardwalk

The National Park Service Trail Crew and Interns have built a new boardwalk at the entrance of Muir Woods National Monument. Get the inside story on how this magnificent new way into the woods was completed. more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

We Left Our Hearts in Our Parks

Muir Beach Overlook

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we asked our field staff to share their favorite romantic trails—perfect for first dates, soul-soaring walks, and maybe even popping the question. Read on to see the sites and hikes our park experts recommend. more >>

February 2012 | Leave a comment

Community Programs Bring People to Parks

Community Program

There’s more to the Presidio than meets the eye. Community groups can visit this beautiful national park and learn about its natural resources—or even have park rangers share the experience by coming to their site. These adventures are part of this year’s new lineup of Community Group Programs offered by Crissy Field Center. more >>

February 2012 | Leave a comment


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