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The Speedy Swifts: Living Up to Their Name

White-throated Swift (Dave Kutilek)

Hawk Hill isn’t just a spot for watching raptors. In the fall, visitors who point their binoculars at smaller birds might be treated to the aerial acrobatics of migrating swifts. Learn more about these amazing—and mysterious—insectivores. more >>


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Outdoor Fun with Kids – Three Hikes for All Ages

Kids on a hike (Tung Chee)

The school year may have just started, but it doesn’t mean you and your children need to head indoors just yet. Here are a few hikes that the kids are sure to enjoy! more >>


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Surf’s Up for California Coastal Cleanup Day

Beach volunteer (Maria Durana)

It’s time to grab your reusable gloves, buckets, bags, and litter-picking tools! Gear up for California Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, September 21, and head to your local shorelines and parklands to provide some much-needed TLC and fall cleaning. more >>


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Twitter 1.0: Dissecting Five Types of Bird “Tweets”

Marsh Wren (Dave Freund)

To humans, bird vocalizations can be inspiring and soothing—or annoying, in the case of those early morning arias. But for birds, they perform critical communication functions. Read on to learn about five types of vocalizations, and what they teach us about birds’ surroundings. more >>


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Is the Prohibition of Poppy Picking Purely Poppycock?

California Poppies

The California poppy is the much-loved, vivacious floral icon of the Golden State. But is it actually illegal to pick the poppy? Discover the truth behind this rumor—and more fun facts about one of the most recognizable blooms in our parks. more >>


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Crissy Field Center Summer Camp Slideshow

Crissy Field Center Campers

Summer Camp 2013 at the Crissy Field Center is finished! We had a great summer with the campers and can’t wait to do it again next year! Check out our video slideshow to see some of the fun we had. more >>


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Institute Explores Role of Parks in Urban Environments

Crissy Field

In a rapidly urbanizing world, parks and public lands are seen as vital to human, social, and ecological health. Learn how the Institute will highlight innovative programs that leverage parks to make stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities. more >>


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Time For One More Summer Free-For-All

Park Ranger and Roving Ranger

Raging Waters general admission ticket: $35.99. Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, general admission: $61.99. Disneyland one-day “park hopper” ticket: $137. A full day of exploration in the Golden Gate National Parks with the entire family: FREE. Discover free activities every day in August (and every month of the year)! more >>


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Making His Point: One Volunteer’s Mori Story

Volunteer Ron Maykel

As the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship Program approaches its 20th anniversary, we’re celebrating places transformed by the program, such as Mori Point, and people who have made the transformation possible, like Ron Maykel. Learn more about one of the park’s “renaissance men.” more >>


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Scouting the “Top Seeds” in the Field

Castilleja

Not as obvious as leaves or as ostentatious as flowers, seeds are often overlooked in our appreciation of plant life. But don’t miss out on their beauty! In this guide, one of the Parks Conservancy’s seed experts picks her favorites. more >>


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