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The roadwork in Rodeo Valley will soon be completed, giving rise to three miles of smooth pavement that leads right to a brand-new wetland restoration site next to Rodeo Beach. The area had always been a natural wetland (now encircled by the Old Bunker Road Trail), but years of human... more >>
Jute is a natural and permeable textile fabric that is made from two varieties of plants related to hibiscus and cotton: white jute (Corchorus capsularis) and tossa jute (Corchorous oblitorius). The fabric is made from the outer stem of the plant in a process called retting, in which the unwanted... more >>
The past year has been a remarkable one for the Institute at the Golden Gate. We started 2013 with a list of ambitious goals focused on one key mission: making parks and public lands part of the solution to some of society’s biggest challenges. We’re thrilled to report that 2013... more >>
On any given winter day, you might see over a dozen species of water birds in Rodeo Lagoon (ducks making up only a small proportion of these)—not to mention all sorts of interesting songbirds and mammals.
The most abundant species in the lagoon right now is the American Coot (Fulica americana).... more >>
Typically, the weekend after Thanksgiving is spent shopping for holiday gifts and making leftover turkey (or tofurkey) sandwiches.
But instead of being cooped up in a mall all weekend, you and the family could help digest that stomach-stretching feast while enjoying spectacular views, exploring newly restored habitats, and maybe even spotting... more >>
Odonates are dragonflies and damselflies that are associated with water. As flying adults, they are carnivorous that prey on other insects. Their name comes from the Greek word odṓn meaning “tooth”—even though it is now known that their strong mandibles (jaws) do not have teeth but rather serrations.
Dragonflies are fairly... more >>
The team at the Institute at the Golden Gate is still buzzing from an event we hosted at Fort Baker on November 6–9: “Parks: The New Climate Classroom.” More than 140 people from as far afield as Australia gathered to brainstorm about the role parks can play in educating and... more >>
Why get up at darkness-o’clock to battle mall zombies during the holidays? At www.parksconservancy.org/store, you can shop in comfort and joy from your cozy couch. Get started with our 2013 Gift Guide—featuring a hand-picked selection of this season’s must-haves—and find something for all the park lovers on your list!
Don’t... more >>
Muir Beach has been going through a major phase of a National Park Service/Parks Conservancy restoration project for the past few months and will soon be open to the public once again (slated for mid-December). Soon, visitors and locals alike will have their chance to enjoy all that the beach... more >>
By Price Sheppy
This winter the Golden Gate National Parks will be planting over a thousand lupines, the host plant of the mission blue butterfly. As we begin this restoration work to help this endangered species, I can’t help but reflect on all that I have learned... more >>