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Trail Tracks: Our Favorite Park Jams

Our Favorite Park Jams (Maria Durana)

Music and song—like the Golden Gate National Parks—are wrapped around so many of our best memories. We asked park staff to share their favorite songs that evoke the landscape, the spirit, their adventures, and their work across the parklands.

We’d love to hear from you, too! Contribute to our collective soundtrack... more >>


August 2014 | Leave a comment

Give Back, Take Four Benefits of Volunteering

Volunteer (Maria Durana)

There’s no doubt about it—giving your volunteer time helps the Golden Gate National Parks in tangible and quantifiable ways. In fact, in 2013, over 35,500 volunteers across the parklands contributed more than half a million hours of work—valued at $11 million!

And while volunteering is a wonderful selfless act that greatly... more >>


August 2014 | Leave a comment

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 >>


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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 >>



YEL-ing Across the Generations

YEL Out 2002

Every year I-YEL students graduate from high school—and the Crissy Field Center’s ladder of programs. Some return as counselors and interns, while others come back to the Center as full-time educators. This year, current participants in I-YEL (Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders, a youth-driven leadership program for high schoolers working on... more >>



Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz Tickets: On Sale June 27

Ai Wei Wei

Opening September 27, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz will feature a series of seven site-specific installations by Ai Weiwei—a Chinese contemporary artist known for his socially, politically, and culturally incisive work—in four locations on Alcatraz Island, offering a new cultural lens through which to experience the former penitentiary-turned-national park.

Presented by... more >>



National Trails Day: Honor Your Trails

National Trails Day: Honor Your Trails

The Golden Gate Trail Crew loves this time of year. The days are long, the birds are singing, and National Trails Day is just around the corner! What is National Trails Day? Well, it’s the most trail-friendly day of the year, of course. It is a celebration of America’s magnificent... more >>



Creating Lifelong Park Users, One Walk at a Time

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

The mission of the Parks Conservancy is to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) initiative, a program of the Institute at the Golden Gate, improves access to... more >>



The Perfect Pie Pairing for Your Milagra Hike

From Field to Kitchen!

 

This special spring recipe was featured in the 2003 edition of a newsletter produced by Park Stewardship (at the time called the Site Stewardship Program). This recipe was crafted by Ben Petersen, a former intern with a passion for baking. Enjoy!

Milagra Thimbleberry Tart
This is... 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 >>



 

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