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Amazing Graze: 75 Goats Advance Rehabilitation Project at Fort Mason

80 Goats Advance Rehabilitation Project at Fort Mason

It’s been “Arma-goat-don” for the weeds at Fort Mason’s East Black Point. This past month, a herd of the quirky, cloven-hoofed critters cleared the area of invasive vegetation. Learn where the goats came from, why they’ve been in our parks, and how you can carry on their work. more >>


September 2017 | Leave a comment

Why Bees Are All the Buzz—In the Presidio, Across the Country

Why Bees Are All the Buzz

With the overall bee population in decline across the U.S. and California, the Presidio is seeing a growing number of bees. Learn why—and discover expert tips on growing a native-plant garden that encourages pollinators and gives bees a much-needed boost. more >>


May 2017 | Leave a comment

What Happens When a Massive Redwood Tree Falls

With the frequent and heavy rains, about a dozen coast redwoods have come down in recent months at Muir Woods. Learn what happens when a giant falls, how trail crews move a 10-ton redwood, and how the death of one tree gives life to so many other species. more >>


March 2017 | Leave a comment

Our Expert Tips for Planting Your Native Plant Garden

Winter Planting

The rainy winter is when we plant thousands of native plants at restoration sites all across the Golden Gate National Parks. You can do the same in your garden at home, with these tips from experts at our Presidio Native Plant Nursery. more >>


December 2016 | Leave a comment

Eight Spookiest Plants in the Golden Gate National Parks

They’re green. They’re ghoulish. And they’re right here in the Golden Gate National Parks. Because of their name, their look, or their poison, these boo-tanical specimens are fit for a witch’s brew, a Halloween party, or a little shop of horror. Read on, if you dare…. more >>


November 2016 | Leave a comment

Tennessee Valley Nursery Closes; Its Legacy Grows On

Tennessee Valley Nursery Closes

Established in 1987, the Tennessee Valley Nursery closed its nearly 30-year run in May. Thanks to dedicated volunteers, the facility produced thousands of plants for habitat restoration sites all across the parks. In this video, hear from some of the amazing people who made it all possible. more >>


June 2016 | Leave a comment

Flower Power: Photo Exhibit Seeds Hope in Mitigating Climate Change

Exhibition of wildflower photos by Rob Badger and Nita Winter

Supported in part by the Parks Conservancy, an exhibition of wildflower photos by Rob Badger and Nita Winter (through March 27 at the San Francisco Main Public Library) inspires hope in reducing the impacts of climate change. See more beautiful images, captured in our parks. more >>


March 2016 | Leave a comment

Def-eating Weeds: A Holiday Feast of Nonnative Plants

Def-eating Weeds: A Holiday Feast of Nonative Plants

Across the parks, volunteers root out nonnative plants to help restore wildlife habitat. But did you know that those weeds can be quite tasty? Just in time for holiday meals, enjoy these recipes that use nonnative species found in the Bay Area! more >>


December 2014 | Leave a comment

“Cat” Café: Quick and Easy Cattail Recipes

Cattails

Chew on this: cattails, those distinctive wetland plants, make for a tasty snack (or entrée)! Step into our Park Stewardship test kitchen as we share tips on preparing and cooking different parts of the cattail. You’ll find these recipes to be the cat’s pajamas! more >>


October 2014 | Leave a comment

Oh, How We Have Grown

Oh, How We have Grown

In 1997, there was no organized nursery program, restoration work was relatively small-scale, and greenhouses were made of pipes and plastic sheets. From that humble start, Betty Young led nursery staff and dedicated volunteers in growing over 2 million plants. On the eve of Betty’s retirement, hear her story. more >>


September 2014 | 5 Comments | Leave a comment

 

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