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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

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

Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

Buffalo Soldiers: The First African American 'Park Rangers'

On the 150th anniversary of the formation of the African American Buffalo Soldiers regiments, learn about their vital role in the history of the national parks (and of the Presidio)—and discover why Teddy Roosevelt had a special place in his heart for them. more >>


February 2016 | Leave a comment

Hirsutory: A Hairy History of the Parklands

Mustache

With men around the world growing mustaches in “Movember,” we sought inspiration in the annals of the Golden Gate National Parks. These parklands have seen many fine gentlemen of the face fur, and this list will “razor” awareness of some fascinating historical figures! more >>


November 2014 | Leave a comment

GGRO at 30: A Bird’s-Eye View of Its Successes

Cooper's Hawk

The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory turns 30 this fall. With the GGRO at a stage of maturity and reflection, Director Allen Fish tells the tale of the people who founded this pioneering citizen science program. Also, discover its many volunteer-driven accomplishments—and inventions! more >>


September 2014 | Leave a comment

The Story Behind the Newly Named Founders Grove

John Muir in Muir Woods (GGNRA Park Archives)

Thousands of people from all corners of the world experience the magic of Muir Woods every year. But who are the people who influenced the creation and establishment of this national monument? And how are they honored in the redwoods today? more >>


December 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

The Cliff House and San Francisco’s Long History of Dining Out

Cliff House Exterior (Bob Holloway Collection)

A treasure of the Golden Gate National Parks, the Cliff House marks its 150th anniversary in July. It opened in 1863, in a city famous for its multitude and variety of restaurants. But why so many dining establishments, and how did San Francisco’s culture of “dining out” develop? more >>



John Muir, Merely a Naturalist?

John Muir

This year marks the 175th birthday of "The Father of the National Parks"—John Muir. Many of us know him as a naturalist, but did you know that John Muir was also an engineer, writer, explorer, botanist, geologist, and the founder of the Sierra Club? more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Go-Go Boots and the Green and Gray

Old NPS Uniform

Take a fascinating look back at National Park Service uniforms for women—from the “Army corps” look to the “stewardess” outfit. As Women’s History Month draws to a close, we explore how the evolution of NPS uniforms reflects women’s long struggle for equality in the workforce. more >>


April 2013 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

Un-Discovering SF Bay: Hiking Sweeney Ridge from Sneath Lane

Hummingbird

It seems remarkable that we can pinpoint an exact date—November 4, 1769—when Europeans first caught sight of San Francisco Bay. Afterward, nothing would ever quite be the same, ecologically or anthropologically, in this grand watershed. Or would it? more >>


April 2013 | Leave a comment

 

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