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Lyrical Landscape: Six Poems of Our Parklands

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Capturing the majesty and the experience of natural settings through written language is a tradition as rich and time-honored as the land itself. In honor of National Poetry Month, we present to you six poems inspired by the superlative scenery of the Bay Area and the Golden Gate National Parks. more >>


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Report: Youth Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

Youth Participation Key to Diversifying Park Visitation

A new report by the Institute at the Golden Gate examines how youth programs can make the national parks more relevant to diverse populations. The two case studies in the report? Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area—and our own Golden Gate National Parks more >>


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Golden Gate Herstory: Famous Ladies of the Parklands

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One of the earliest residents of Yerba Buena. A pioneering dairy rancher during the Gold Rush era. And a woman who, for U.S. servicemen in WWII, became synonymous with San Francisco. In honor of Women’s History Month, read their stories and more. more >>


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A Bird’s Eye View of Alcatraz

alcatraz gull

Join Chris Briggs, research director of our Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, for a tour of the nesting birds on Alcatraz. In this essay, he points out some rookeries on the Rock—and shares the sad history of the turn-of-the-century feather craze. more >>


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A Dean Among Rangers: Park Superintendent Retires

FRANK DEAN

After a National Park Service career of almost 40 years, Frank Dean is retiring. Learn about his enduring legacy at Golden Gate—and find out what’s next for Frank in his remarkable life of work on behalf of public lands. more >>


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Super Sad True Presidio Love Story

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In 1806, Maria de la Concepcion and Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov fell in love at the Spanish Presidio of San Francisco—despite their differences in culture, language, and religion. And then, the only thing that stood between them and wedded bliss was the vast frozen expanse of Siberia. more >>


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2014 Migration: Rise of the Rock Star Raptors

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What do you call two smiling raptor banders? A pair o’grins! Beaming faces were abundant on Hawk Hill during the fall 2014 migration season, which featured plenty of “celebrity” raptors, a loopy Redtail, a bald eagle flyby, and 300 intrepid Golden Gate Raptor Observatory volunteers. more >>


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V-Day in the Parks—For Everybody!

Fort Baker

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for greeting-card shills, sappy romantics, and the cynics who hate them. Here in the Golden Gate National Parks, we have park sites for everybody on V-Day. Our expert staff chose the perfect place to spend the holiday—with your sweetie, with your buddies, with your puppy, or all by yourself. more >>


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Last-Minute Gift for Park-y Folks

Last minute gifts

No box of stale chocolate. No ugly sweater. And no fruitcake. Only the warm fuzzy feeling of protecting the most-visited national park in America. Give a Conservancy membership, which your loved one will treasure as much as a trip to Muir Woods or Crissy Field. more >>


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At One Glance: Many Volunteer Feats, Many Thanks

Volunteering in 2014

There’s no way to encapsulate everything that you—our park volunteers—accomplish in a year. But, for 2014, we tried—with one summary infographic. As you can see, you give Golden Gate the most precious gifts of all: your time, energy, care, and dedication. Thank you! more >>


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