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Youth Participation Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

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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 >>

March 2015 | Leave a comment

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 >>

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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 >>

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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 >>

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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

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 >>

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Last-Minute Gift for Park-y Folks

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Still looking for a gift for that special someone? A gift membership is the perfect present for the park lover in your life. Your loved one will receive the benefits of membership all year long, and the parks will receive extra love too!

Your contribution will support national park sites... more >>

January 2015 | Leave a comment

Acclaimed Design Team Selected for Presidio Parklands

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New Presidio Parklands Project Public Presentation and Interactive Forum

 •  Thursday, January 29

Join us for this inaugural meeting with the designers to hear about the... more >>

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At One Glance: Many Volunteer Feats, Many Thanks

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The Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust would like to extend a huge and heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every one of our park volunteers. You give the Golden Gate National Parks the most precious gifts of all—your time, your energy, your care, your dedication.

And you give... more >>

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