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Creating Lifelong Park Users, One Walk at a Time

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

The mission of the Parks Conservancy is to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) initiative, a program of the Institute at the Golden Gate, improves access to... more >>


June 2014 | Leave a comment

Climate Change and Our Shifting Sense of Place

Climate Change and Our Shifting Sense of Place

From March 28-29, participants in the upcoming BioBlitz will be racing throughout the Golden Gate National Parks to survey the area’s biodiversity by finding and identifying as many species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms as possible. During similar events around the country, observers are discovering that... more >>


March 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Change Makers Report Highlights Five Years of Institute Success

Change Makers

A nine-year old with ADHD. A teenager studying climate change. A café owner serving healthy, local food. A senior citizen with Type II diabetes.

What do they all have in common? The answer is our nation’s parks and open spaces!

Here at the Institute at the Golden Gate, we believe passionately... more >>


February 2014 | Leave a comment

2013: A Key Year to Unlocking the Power of Parks

Fort Baker

The past year has been a remarkable one for the Institute at the Golden Gate. We started 2013 with a list of ambitious goals focused on one key mission: making parks and public lands part of the solution to some of society’s biggest challenges. We’re thrilled to report that 2013... more >>


January 2014 | Leave a comment

Institute Hosts “Groundbreaking” Event on Parks and Education

Parks: The New Climate Classroom conference

The team at the Institute at the Golden Gate is still buzzing from an event we hosted at Fort Baker on November 6–9: “Parks: The New Climate Classroom.” More than 140 people from as far afield as Australia gathered to brainstorm about the role parks can play in educating and... more >>


December 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

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 >>


November 2013 | 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 >>


October 2013 | Leave a comment

Institute Explores Role of Parks in Urban Environments

Crissy Field

We’ve seen the statistics. For the first time in history, the majority of people now live in cities. What’s more, urbanization is rising rapidly, with today’s 3.5 billion city dwellers swelling to 5 billion in 2030 and 6.3 billion by 2050.

Is there a role for parks in ensuring that such... more >>


September 2013 | Leave a comment

National Food Changes Have Roots in Bay Area

Jon Jarvis announces Healthy Food Program (NPS, Tami Heilemann)

This summer the National Park Service (NPS) announced its commitment to provide healthy, nutritious food at every national park in the country. NPS Director Jonathan Jarvis, joined by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and White House Senior Policy Advisor on Nutrition Sam Kass, issued new healthy food standards and... more >>


August 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Institute Helps Launch Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area

Exercising on Crissy Field

Park, health, and community organizations from all nine Bay Area counties—including the Institute at the Golden Gate—launched a coordinated effort called Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area in June to provide approachable, culturally relevant park programming for communities with high health needs. The programs, which involved over two dozen diverse... more >>


July 2013 | Leave a comment

 

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