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Giving Back to the Trails at Golden Gate

Trail volunteers (Maria Durana)

In a park like Golden Gate, it’s easy to take for granted our well-maintained and highly accessible trail system. Golden Gate National Parks boasts over 250 trails, stretching over 140 miles from Marin to San Mateo County. National Trails Day, celebrated on the first Saturday of... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

Growing Expertise on Green Space in Cities

Growing Expertise on Green Space in Cities

For the first time in human history, more than half the world’s people now live in cities. This rapid urbanization is set to continue. Between 2010 and 2050, the Earth’s population is expected to rise by another two billion people—almost all of them living in urban centers.

Here in the Bay... more >>


June 2013 | Leave a comment

Art in the Parks: Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Figolu by Mark di Suvero (SFMOMA)

On May 22, an exhibition of eight large-scale steel sculptures by renowned artist Mark di Suvero—known for his bold, exuberant works that have shaped the language of modern sculpture—will open at Crissy Field in the Golden Gate National Parks. Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field is presented by the San... more >>



Trail Anatomy 101: Name That Feature!

Child on park trail

National Trails Day is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! On June 1 people from across the country will join forces to celebrate over 200,000 miles of trail that have enhanced the landscape. In order to build excitement for more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Freshly Picked, Tasty Tea Recipes

Strawberry tea leaves

If you’re like me, you have a variety of teas at home that promise you sleepy dreams, good digestion, immune boosters, and more. The sheer number of teas can sometimes be overwhelming—and quite costly. Rather than going to your local grocery store, have you ever considered going out to your... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Kids Write Back: Postcards to the Parks

Postcard

By Kaitlin de Blanc, National Park Service Education Intern at the Crissy Field Center

Have you ever sent a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge to someone? In Crissy Field Center school programs this year, we had participants send their postcards to us! Check out some of the kids’ postcards, depicting... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

What Is a Species?

Song Sparrow

On a recent birding trip to Point Reyes, we ran across dozens of song sparrows—small, brown and white birds with a penchant for singing on the tops of bushes and fences. My friend, a decently experienced bird watcher, had trouble identifying them. When told they were song sparrows she said,... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

A New Twist for Park Internships

Park interns

This past winter the Parks Conservancy and National Park Service embarked on an exciting new adventure with our friends at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) – a program called “Academic Internships.” This new internship model connects local college students with work experience opportunities... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

John Muir, Merely a Naturalist?

John Muir

John Muir has been described as "one of the patron saints of twentieth-century American environmental activity," "the wilderness prophet," and "the citizen of the universe." He once jokingly referred to himself as a "poetico-trampo-geologist-botanist and ornithologist-naturalist etc. etc.!"

But, for many of us who are aware of his triumphs in conservation,... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Parks: The New Climate Classroom

Wind turbines at Crissy Field Center

The Institute at the Golden Gate is proud to announce the upcoming release of our new report, Climate in the Parks: Innovative Climate Education in Parks. As part of our work to help parks serve as platforms for climate change education,... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

 

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