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Happy 100th Birthday, National Park Service!

Happy Birthday, NPS

One hundred years ago on this date (Aug. 25), President Woodrow Wilson signed the Organic Act that created the National Park Service. more >>


September 2016 | Leave a comment

Fastest, Farthest, Deepest: Olympic Champ Animals at Golden Gate

Olympic Champ Animals at Golden Gate

In honor of the upcoming Rio Olympics, we asked: Which animals are the best swimmers, divers, and fliers in these parklands and waters? They’re competing tooth-and-nail (and claw-and-tail) to claim the “gold” at Golden Gate! Find out which species stand atop the podium. more >>


August 2016 | Leave a comment

De-mist-ifying the Fog: Five Fun Facts

De-mist-ifying the Fog: Five Fun Facts

August (aka “Fog-ust”) is descending upon us like a slick and clammy shroud. As you huddle together to preserve body heat, amaze your friends with five fun facts about the fog. Better yet, bring them to FOGG Fest at Baker Beach on August 20! more >>


August 2016 | Leave a comment

Mission (Blue) Impossible: A Rescue Plan for Endangered Butterflies

Mission Blue Butterfly

In April, a team of scientists hatched a daring plan to save some endangered mission blue butterflies from a Milagra Ridge site ravaged by a plant pathogen. See how—and why—they relocated a couple of endangered butterflies to another spot on Milagra. more >>


July 2016 | Leave a comment

Q&A: Mt. Tam Secrets with Barry Spitz

Barry Spitz

Mount Tamalpais Trails is your one-stop, must-have resource for exploring Mt. Tam. In this exclusive interview, author Barry Spitz—one of the preeminent authorities on Tam—shares his favorite spot, his recommended hikes, and his greatest challenge in walking every single trail on the mountain. more >>


July 2016 | Leave a comment

Baleen In: Record Number of Whales Spotted This Spring

Whale

In May, just outside the Golden Gate (and off the coast of our Golden Gate National Parks), humpback whales were gathering in record numbers—and blue whales were making extremely rare spring appearances. What explains this massing of these mammoth mammals? more >>


July 2016 | Leave a comment

National Trails Day: Pitch In and Get Out to Explore!

National Trails Day: Pitch In and Get Out to Explore!

Get a sneak preview of National Trails Day, coming up on June 4. Sign up for action-packed projects (including a key segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail on Milagra Ridge) and learn about some easy trails you can explore with your whole family. more >>


June 2016 | Leave a comment

Explore New Worlds this Summer, From Tales to Trails

San Francisco Public Library’s summer reading/learning program

It’s time for an adventure—in the pages of a book or on a path through our parks! Learn about free and fun activities from the San Francisco Public Library, National Park Service, and Parks Conservancy—including reading programs, ranger talks, park shuttles, and more. more >>


June 2016 | Leave a comment

Tennessee Valley Nursery Closes; Its Legacy Grows On

Tennessee Valley Nursery Closes

Established in 1987, the Tennessee Valley Nursery closed its nearly 30-year run in May. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, the facility produced thousands of plants for habitat restoration sites all across the parks. In this video, hear from some of the amazing people who made it all possible. more >>


June 2016 | Leave a comment

The Secret School on Crissy Field in World War II

The Secret School on Crissy Field in World War II

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in May, learn the legacy of Japanese Americans who fought for their country—while their families were incarcerated by their government. And discover the unassuming building—rebuilt along Crissy Field—where they trained at a top-secret school. more >>


May 2016 | Leave a comment

 

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