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The Presidio Gateway: People Making Parks

The Presidio Gateway

For more than two centuries the Presidio was a military post—the famed defender of the Golden Gate. Today, this 1,500-acre site at the center of the San Francisco Bay Area is a new kind of national park, enjoyed by millions of visitors each year.

The elevated highway that cut through the... more >>


August 2014 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

The Ravens of Hawk Hill: Intelligence, Play, and Social Behavior

The Ravens of Hawk Hill

On any visit to Hawk Hill, you might notice the resident common ravens (Corvus corax) hanging out on fencing, sitting on platforms, or acrobatically tumbling through the air. 

Ravens belong to a taxonomic family of birds called the corvids, which also... more >>


March 2014 | 3 Comments | Leave a comment

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

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 >>


October 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Summer Crews Step Up to Improve Tennessee Valley Trail

Tennessee Valley

The National Park Service’s Golden Gate Trail Crew has been at it again! If you haven’t recently visited Tennessee Valley, then you’ve missed out on an incredible new improvement. Over the course of the summer, the National Park Service Trail Crew restored a portion of the Tennessee Valley Trail... more >>


October 2013 | Leave a comment

A New Face and a New Phase: Summer Trail Work Days

Jaimie Baxter

We are lucky to welcome Jaimie Baxter as the new Trails Stewardship Manager. Before arriving at the Parks Conservancy, Jaimie started her journey among the towering redwood trees of Humboldt County, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Humboldt State University. During her time at school,... more >>



Volunteers Rock National Trails Day!

National Trails Day Volunteers

We had a blast on National Trails Day, thanks to all of our amazing volunteers and generous sponsors—and beautiful weather and great service projects! We can’t thank the volunteers enough for rallying, bringing such great energy, and working hard to give some TLC to our Golden Gate National Parks.

Making... more >>



Muir Beach Closed July 8-Mid December, 2013

Muir Beach

Muir Beach will be closed July 8–late November (see update below), while the parking lot is realigned and wetlands restored. The parking lot, all parking in the area, and all services, including restrooms, will be closed during construction. The Pelican Inn will remain open, as well as trails leading from... more >>



Growing Expertise on Green Space in Cities

Growing Expertise on Green Space in Cities

For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s people now live in cities. This rapid urbanization is set to continue. Between 2010 and 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to rise by another two billion people—almost all of them living in urban centers.

Here in the Bay... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

Go-Go Boots and the Green and Gray

Old NPS Uniform

In the early days of the National Park Service, women were involved in a very limited capacity—as seasonal employees, temporary fill-ins, naturalists, or assistants to their ranger husbands. As a result, their “uniforms”—if they had any—were improvised. Some adapted the... more >>


April 2013 | 8 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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