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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

Top 10 Movies Made in the Parks

Jimmy Stewart in Vertigo, Wikimedia

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. Read on and let the debate begin. more >>


February 2013 | 26 Comments | Leave a comment

Layers of Stories in the Headlands

Rodeo Beach

The Marin Headlands are a dramatic landscape, with striated red seafloor cliffs rising from the frothy currents of the Golden Gate. With such a storybook backdrop, hasn’t someone set a poem or manuscript here? You bet. more >>


February 2013 | Leave a comment

Crissy Field Center’s Four-Mile History Hike

Mission Dolores

Did you know that there is an old road that connects the Mission District to the Presidio? Crissy Field Center will explore the historical connection between the Mission and the Presidio on a four-mile history hike. more >>


October 2012 | 2 Comments | Leave a comment

 

 

 


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