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On a recent birding trip to Point Reyes, we ran across dozens of song sparrows—small, brown and white birds with a penchant for singing on the tops of bushes and fences. My friend, a decently experienced bird watcher, had trouble identifying them. When told they were song sparrows she said,... more >>
This past winter the Parks Conservancy and National Park Service embarked on an exciting new adventure with our friends at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) – a program called “Academic Internships.” This new internship model connects local college students with work experience opportunities... more >>
John Muir has been described as "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," "the wilderness prophet," and "the citizen of the universe." He once jokingly referred to himself as a "poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist etc. etc.!"
But, for many of us who are aware of his triumphs in conservation,... more >>
The Institute at the Golden Gate is proud to announce the upcoming release of our new report, Climate in the Parks: Innovative Climate Education in Parks. As part of our work to help parks serve as platforms for climate change education,... more >>
In the early days of the National Park Service, women were involved in a very limited capacity—as seasonal employees, temporary fill-ins, naturalists, or assistants to their ranger husbands. As a result, their “uniforms”—if they had any—were improvised. Some adapted the... more >>
“Leaves of three, let it be. If it’s hairy, it’s a berry. If it’s shiny, watch your hiney.” That famous rhyme can help you pick out poison oak—for part of the year. But, because Toxicodendron diversilobum is deciduous, what about the other seasons?
To identify poison oak all year-round, just remember... more >>
I want to tell you about one of the last great places to see the Bay Area landscape as it might have looked a few months prior to European discovery in the fall of 1769: shortgrass prairies and coastal scrub, native habitats with very little disturbance.
Ironically, the ridge now known... more >>
With spring freshly arrived, you’re probably busy planning your garden for the season. Well, in a sense, the park nurseries are doing the same thing—only we’re not planning for gardens, we’re planning for dozens of park restoration and stewardship sites. With help from our dedicated volunteers, the staff of the... more >>
With spring upon us, the parks need your helping hands and TLC! April is a month full of festivity and activity in the parks—Earth Day, National Volunteer Week, National Youth Service Day, and National Park Week—all back-to-back!
Last April over 2,000 volunteers from our extraordinary community—including over 50 civic, school and... more >>
Getting ready for its second year, Backyard Bound is a youth-led summit consisting of workshops, outdoor experiences, and discussions centered on connecting youth to their environment.
The Center’s Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) program takes the lead for this two day, overnight event held at the Rob Hill Campground in the... more >>