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My Day Carrying a Google Trekker Backpack

Google Trekking

“You do know the pack weighs 40 pounds, right?” my manager asked, when I told him I wanted to spend a work day hiking around the Golden Gate National Parks with a Google Trekker on my back.

I said that I did know. Forty pounds should be no sweat for an... more >>


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The Smaller Winged Creatures Flying Through the Headlands

Variegated meadowhawk (Chris Heaivilin)

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 >>


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The Future is Planted at Muir Beach

Volunteer plants on MLK Day of Service

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 >>


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Getting Trained Up to Camp Out

Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training

This video is an introduction to the Camping at the Presidio Leadership Training (CAPLT). During this 30-hour, overnight leadership training course, participants learn about gear, transportation, educational programming, guided hikes, and more—knowledge they’ll use when they bring their groups for a full camping experience in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Since... more >>


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Park Quiz: Bones of Contention

Bones of Contention

In honor of Halloween and the Day of the Dead, we’ve got a bone to pick with you. Put on your thinking (skull)cap and see how many of these skeletal remains you can identify—of animals found in the Golden Gate... more >>


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Post-shutdown Power-up: We Need YOU for Planting Season

Volunteer (Maria Durana)

The parks are open and many of you are already back in action, keeping the parks spectacular and engaging our community at large. THANK YOU!
Thank you for your tireless support and dedication, and thank you for your patience while the parks were closed due to the federal government... more >>


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Fresh Take: Youth Interns Study Ohlone Traditions, Native Plants, Adolph Sutro

Intern giving a presentation

Sambhav Jain, Edie Zhang, and Colton Juliano are three confident, enthusiastic, and hard-working young people who took on the challenge of the Summer Youth Internship—an opportunity to gain valuable professional experience while enjoying their summers in the Golden Gate National Parks.

As part of their Park Stewardship duties with the Conservancy,... more >>


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Institute Boosts Park Prescriptions Movement

Park users

Park Prescriptions has grown out of a conceptual phase into a period of rapid implementation. To ensure the sustainability of the movement, the Institute at the Golden Gate recognized the need to solve the operational hurdles present in collaborations between parks and health entities—as well as the necessity to hone... more >>


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Parks: A “Home” for Homeless Youth

Youth in the park

In San Francisco, an estimated 5,700 youth are homeless. With its mission to serve diverse audiences, the Crissy Field Center—an urban environmental education center—also provides programs for homeless children and families, through partnerships with organizations such as Hamilton Family Center, an organization that works to break the cycle of... more >>


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Soil Remediation and Community Conversations at the Presidio Bluffs

View from Presidio Bluffs

Since the Presidio began its conversion from Army post to national park, a myriad of projects were completed to preserve the rich history of the Army’s legacy while promoting a vibrant ecosystem that can be enjoyed by all. The soil remediation project on the Presidio Bluffs, southwest of the Golden... more >>


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