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Have You Ever Wanted to Fly Over Tam?

Our Tam

For people living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mount Tamalpais is more than just a mountain; it’s a cherished open space that encompasses some of the most beautiful, ecologically rich, and well-loved trails and parklands in the region. The birthplace of mountain biking and a source of inspiration for... more >>

April 2015 | Leave a comment

Tough Parker: Are You Up for the Challenge?

Tough Parker

Stewarding the beloved Golden Gate National Parks takes blood, sweat, tears, and—most importantly—dirt. That's why we have decided to take our Park Stewardship program to the next level—announcing “Tough Parker,” an endurance event series for our hardcore park fans. Are you up for the challenge?

Show us how you’re training for... more >>

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Report: Youth Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

Youth Participation Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

A new report by the Institute at the Golden Gate examines how recent research has shown that while the general population is growing ever more urban and diverse, the range of visitors to national parks has not kept pace. A 2008–09 survey showed that 13% of the U.S. population identify... more >>

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Lyrical Landscape: Six Poems of Our Parklands


Capturing the majesty and the experience of natural settings through written language is a tradition as rich and time-honored as the land itself. In honor of National Poetry Month, we present to you... more >>

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Golden Gate Herstory: Famous Ladies of the Parklands

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To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting four fascinating women who made their mark on these lands that eventually became the Golden Gate National Parks in 1972.

Juana Briones
Juana Briones was a foundational... more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

A Bird’s Eye View of Alcatraz

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By Chris Briggs

Research Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

Brandt’s Cormorants in spaced-apart “straw” nests. (credit: Allen Fish)

I recently spent part of the day visiting Alcatraz. There’s a lot of interesting history on that... more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

A Dean Among Rangers: Park Superintendent Retires


By Greg Moore
President & CEO

In 2016, the National Park Service (NPS) will celebrate its 100th anniversary. For nearly 40 of those years, Frank Dean has donned the green and gray uniform and iconic flat-brimmed hat.

His first park ranger job was in 1976, as a seasonal... more >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

Super Sad True Presidio Love Story


By Michael Hsu
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

After a brutal winter during which he and his men nearly starved in the fur-trading outpost of New Archangel (Sitka, Alaska), Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov—Russian statesman, ambassador to Japan, and talented polyglot—set sail in 1806 for the New Spain province of Alta California.

Dropping... more >>

February 2015 | Leave a comment

2014 Migration: Rise of the Rock Star Raptors


By Allen Fish
Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

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GGRO intern Kris Vanesky rapturously holds a juvenile Peregrine Falcon
(credit: Brian Smucker)

The 30th season for the... more >>

February 2015 | Leave a comment

V-Day in the Parks—For Everybody!

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Here in the Golden Gate National Parks, we have park sites for everybody on Valentine’s Day. Our expert staff chose a few heart-warming places to spend the holiday—with your sweetie, with your buddies, with your puppy, or all by yourself.

The Perfect Valentine’s Day Park Outing….

With... more >>

February 2015 | Leave a comment


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