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For people living in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mount Tamalpais is more than just a mountain; it’s a cherished open space that encompasses some of the most beautiful, ecologically rich, and well-loved trails and parklands in the region. The birthplace of mountain biking and a source of inspiration for... more >>
Stewarding the beloved Golden Gate National Parks takes blood, sweat, tears, and—most importantly—dirt. That's why we have decided to take our Park Stewardship program to the next level—announcing “Tough Parker,” an endurance event series for our hardcore park fans. Are you up for the challenge?
Show us how you’re training for... more >>
A new report by the Institute at the Golden Gate examines how recent research has shown that while the general population is growing ever more urban and diverse, the range of visitors to national parks has not kept pace. A 2008–09 survey showed that 13% of the U.S. population identify... more >>
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... more >>
To celebrate Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting four fascinating women who made their mark on these lands that eventually became the Golden Gate National Parks in 1972.
By Chris Briggs
Research Director, Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
I recently spent part of the day visiting Alcatraz. There’s a lot of interesting history on that... more >>
By Greg Moore
By Michael Hsu
After a brutal winter during which he and his men nearly starved in the fur-trading outpost of New Archangel (Sitka, Alaska), Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov—Russian statesman, ambassador to Japan, and talented polyglot—set sail in 1806 for the New Spain province of Alta California.
Dropping... more >>
By Allen Fish
The 30th season for the... more >>
Here in the Golden Gate National Parks, we have park sites for everybody on Valentine’s Day. Our expert staff chose a few heart-warming places to spend the holiday—with your sweetie, with your buddies, with your puppy, or all by yourself.