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Growing Gains: Reflections from Two Nursery Youth Interns

Nursery interns

Last summer, we were a part of LINC (Linking Individuals to their Natural Communities), an internship with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy that strengthened our personal connections with the natural surroundings. We went around to different parts of the Golden Gate National Parks, such as Alcatraz, Mori Point,... more >>


October 2014 | Leave a comment

One Cool Cucumber: Marah and its Frightening Fruit

Marah and its Frightening Fruit

Known by a number of names (including wild cucumber, man root, and big root), Marah fabaceus, or Marah oreganus, isn’t what you would call a soft and fuzzy native plant, or one that might incite “oohs” and “ahhs” as you hike the park trails.

This creeping ground cover, which you’ll find... more >>


October 2014 | Leave a comment

Oh, How We Have Grown

Oh, How We have Grown

Retiring as director of our Native Plant Nurseries gives me an excuse to think about how far the nurseries have come. When I arrived in the Golden Gate National Parks in 1997, there were already habitat restoration efforts in place—but park plant ecologists were realizing that the need for planting... more >>


September 2014 | 5 Comments | Leave a comment

Adventures with Stinky Plants: Part II

Finn Working with SAV

Did you know that there are wildflowers that grow, often totally unnoticed by humans, underwater? That’s right—there are plants that can grow, flower, and even pollinate below the water’s surface.

Many of these underwater blossoms are “living fossils,” belonging to the most ancient groups of flowering plants. Others are grassy plants... more >>



New Podcast: Nurturing Communities of Plants—and Volunteers

From Seed to Ecosystem: The Important Role the Park Nurseries Play in Rebuilding Ecosystems

After talking to our restoration crew in the previous last episode of the “Seed to Ecosystem” podcast, our correspondent Sami Fink takes a step back in this new episode* and investigates the very beginnings of the restoration cycle—from the tiny and humble seed. Though summer is just around... more >>


June 2014 | Leave a comment

Listen to the Spin of the Parks’ Restoration Cycle

Restoring the Park, ‘Touching the Future’

In this premiere episode of the Parks Conservancy’s new podcast*, “From Seed to Ecosystem,” correspondent Sami Fink explores how we choose project sites, explains how they become “stewardship sites,” and checks on the progress of the Mountain Lake restoration work, in interviews with Eric Klein (Parks Conservancy Restoration... more >>


April 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Feeling Proactive in a Time of Drought: Don’t Panic, Plant Natives!

Even though Mother Nature was kind enough to turn the waterworks on in mid-February, California continues to be affected by a severe drought and the recent rains may not be enough to reverse the trend.

According to dendrochronology, or the dating of past (climactic) events by measuring tree ring growth, trees... more >>


March 2014 | Leave a comment

Native Plants for the Not-So-Hallmark Holiday

Bleeding Heart - Geral and Buff Corsi, photo by California Academy of Sciences

Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Bleeding hearts are beautiful,
Do you think so too?

For those of you who do not buy into the whole sweetheart theme of Valentine’s Day, there are plenty of wonderful native plants that just might agree with you. Though their common names may not inspire... more >>


February 2014 | Leave a comment

Wave of Change at Rodeo Beach

Coastal Hedgenettle

The roadwork in Rodeo Valley will soon be completed, giving rise to three miles of smooth pavement that leads right to a brand-new wetland restoration site next to Rodeo Beach. The area had always been a natural wetland (now encircled by the Old Bunker Road Trail), but years of human... more >>


January 2014 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

The Future is Planted at Muir Beach

Volunteer plants on MLK Day of Service

Muir Beach has been going through a major phase of a National Park Service/Parks Conservancy restoration project for the past few months and will soon be open to the public once again (slated for mid-December). Soon, visitors and locals alike will have their chance to enjoy all that the beach... more >>


December 2013 | Leave a comment

 

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