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Winter Guide to the Parks for the Hip and Happening

Winter Happenings

Critters might crawl into a hole and hibernate through the winter, but that’s no reason for you to do the same! Learn about some fun activities that you and your family can enjoy in the coming days and weeks…it’s our “hot list” for the cold months! more >>

January 2018 | Leave a comment

Our Favorite Photos of 2017

Favorite Photos of 2017

Six of our talented park photographers reveal their favorite images from the past year, and share the “behind-the-lens” stories of each photo. Revel in the fun and beauty of 2017—and get inspired to make (and capture!) more memories in the year to come. more >>

January 2018 | Leave a comment

Discover the (Hidden) Changes of the Season in the Golden Gate National Parks

Fall Foliage

Our trees may not change even a hue and our weather may not get much chillier, but you can find hints of more “traditional” autumn phenomena in the Golden Gate National Parks. Save yourself the plane ticket to the Northeast, and find the fall in the national parks in your backyard. more >>

November 2017 | Leave a comment

Growing Up: Oceana Nursery Upgrades Elevate Youth Programs

Oceana Nursery Upgrades Elevate Youth Programs

Student volunteers reap the benefits of recent upgrades across the youth-powered native-plant nursery campus at Oceana High School in Pacifica. Learn how the Parks Conservancy’s nursery and restoration program has powerfully connected young people with the national parks in their backyard. more >>

October 2017 | Leave a comment

Why Bees Are All the Buzz—In the Presidio, Across the Country

Why Bees Are All the Buzz

With the overall bee population in decline across the U.S. and California, the Presidio is seeing a growing number of bees. Learn why—and discover expert tips on growing a native-plant garden that encourages pollinators and gives bees a much-needed boost. more >>

May 2017 | Leave a comment

Our Expert Tips for Planting Your Native Plant Garden

Winter Planting

The rainy winter is when we plant thousands of native plants at restoration sites all across the Golden Gate National Parks. You can do the same in your garden at home, with these tips from experts at our Presidio Native Plant Nursery. more >>

December 2016 | Leave a comment

Tennessee Valley Nursery Closes; Its Legacy Grows On

Tennessee Valley Nursery Closes

Established in 1987, the Tennessee Valley Nursery closed its nearly 30-year run in May. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, the facility produced thousands of plants for habitat restoration sites all across the parks. In this video, hear from some of the amazing people who made it all possible. more >>

June 2016 | Leave a comment

A Nursery Closes, But Its Legacy Grows On

Redwood Creek nursery

For 23 years, the Redwood Creek Nursery grew hundreds of thousands of native plants for restoration sites in Muir Woods and throughout the watershed. We salute the nursery with a video featuring lovely black and white photos, and voices of some amazing staff and volunteers who gave it life. more >>

May 2015 | Leave a comment

Def-eating Weeds: A Holiday Feast of Nonnative Plants

Def-eating Weeds: A Holiday Feast of Nonative Plants

Across the parks, volunteers root out nonnative plants to help restore wildlife habitat. But did you know that those weeds can be quite tasty? Just in time for holiday meals, enjoy these recipes that use nonnative species found in the Bay Area! more >>

December 2014 | Leave a comment

One Cool Cucumber: Marah and its Frightening Fruit

Marah and its Frightening Fruit

Most of the year, we like to feature soft, picture-perfect native plants that beckon you to frolic in the parklands. But for Halloween, we’re profiling the ghoulish wild cucumber, which features some diabolically scary fruit—and a terrifying rate of growth. more >>

November 2014 | Leave a comment


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