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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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2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Sutro Baths Coasters

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 >>


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Five Lessons I Learned from the Mission Blue Butterfly

Mission blue butterfly (Rachel Lorenz)

By Price Sheppy
Community Program Manager, Park Stewardship

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 >>


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Institute Hosts “Groundbreaking” Event on Parks and Education

Parks: The New Climate Classroom conference

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 >>


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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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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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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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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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Big Bird, Little Bird: Size and Identifying Sex of Raptors

Northern Harriers

When observing animal species, the sexes often can be determined by noting differences in coloration, size, features, and even behavior. For example, male elk grow antlers, while females do not; in lions, the males have a mane, and the females do not. Among higher vertebrates, one manifestation of this “sexual... more >>


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