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The importance of Muir Woods in the early conservation movement is best understood by considering those who made the decision to protect the area from destruction. There were many hands and voices that shaped Muir Woods at its inception, but three men were particularly influential—and they continue to be honored... more >>
“Everything about San Francisco smells deliciously of money or Sauce Mornay.”
Celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, the Cliff House first opened its doors here on the West Coast in 1863—the same year Civil War Union troops repelled General Lee’s Confederate advances during the Battle of Gettysburg! Renowned... more >>
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 >>
In the early days of the National Park Service, women were involved in a very limited capacity—as seasonal employees, temporary fill-ins, naturalists, or assistants to their ranger husbands. As a result, their “uniforms”—if they had any—were improvised. Some adapted the... more >>
I want to tell you about one of the last great places to see the Bay Area landscape as it might have looked a few months prior to European discovery in the fall of 1769: shortgrass prairies and coastal scrub, native habitats with very little disturbance.
Ironically, the ridge now known... more >>
Golden Gate, meet silver screen. With the Oscars coming up (Feb. 24), we’re handing out (figurative) statuettes to the most memorable movie scenes filmed in the Golden Gate National Parks.
We also want to hear from you! “Comment” below and share with us your favorite movies or scenes that feature these... more >>
Around 1882, a small boy huddled on a beach south of Sausalito watched his father swim his morning regimen in San Francisco Bay. The man cut through wavelets until he reached a buoy. Tapping it, he exchanged a “hi” sign with his much-relieved son, and then swam back.
Poet Robert Frost... more >>
The Crissy Field Center is always looking for ways to connect communities to the Golden Gate National Parks. This year, Crissy Field Center’s National Park Ranger Fatima Colindres, Mission Dolores Curator Andrew Galvan, Assistant Curator Vincent Medina, and other Parks Conservancy staff will be providing a community program: "Mission Presidio:... more >>