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The White-Tailed Kite is quite a sight

White-tailed kite.

The White-Tailed Kite is a beautiful predatory raptor that has recently been spotted at various parklands in San Mateo. Read more about the role this bird plays in its ecosystem and why I think it is so special. more >>

November 2018 | Leave a comment

California banana slugs: Fun facts about our vibrant, terrestrial molluscs

Banana slug

The California banana slug is one of San Mateo County’s most iconic species. These animals need moisture, shade, and decomposing plant and animal material for consumption. more >>

November 2018 | Leave a comment

Reflexiones: How parks can take us home

Arturo Perez

Former stewardship intern Aurora Perez shares her powerful connections to the parks, which started when her father brought her along on gardening jobs as a kid, paying her a dollar for every caterpillar she found. more >>

November 2018 | Leave a comment

Yours and Mine: Finding inspiration and friendship along a Presidio trail

Presidio trail

A spontaneous trip to the Presidio Coastal Bluffs turns into a source of inspiration for an unsuspecting Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy intern. more >>

October 2018 | Leave a comment

Summer of restoration, backpacking, and bonding: The rewarding LINC program, in high schoolers' own words

The LINC program's Packing the Parks trek from Stinson Beach to Crissy Field in July 2018.

These 40 high schoolers spent the summer in the Golden Gate National Parks through our intensive LINC youth leadership program. Here, in their own words, is their adventure: From restoring local habitat to their final four-day hike as the two groups “transformed into … one collection of humans treasuring the beautiful area we live in, and most importantly, one family.” more >>

September 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

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

Parks Grow Girls’ Interest in Science, Restoration Ecology

Parks Grow Girls’ Interest in Science

In November, four staff members from our parks showed a group of 3rd to 5th grade girls that women play an important role in heavy-duty ecological field work. In response, one young student shared her love for working in the mud too—through a poem. more >>

January 2016 | Leave a comment

Conservancy Director Takes Lessons to Brazil and Beyond

Sue Gardner

Flanked by a beloved filmmaker and a legendary conservationist, Sue Gardner wowed an audience of 1,500 scientists and policy makers in Brazil. See how she shared the Conservancy’s work abroad—and hear the lessons she learned about civic engagement around the world. more >>

November 2015 | Leave a comment

A Life-Changing Program, Through the Lens of an Alum


Get a real insider’s view of one of the Conservancy’s most innovative—and impactful—youth programs: LINC. A recent graduate of the program returned this summer to produce a video that captures the moments that can change a high schooler’s life. more >>

September 2015 | Leave a comment


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