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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


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

Adventures with Stinky Plants: Part II

Finn Working with SAV

Dive back into the weird world of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), as we see how nursery staff and interns are demystifying the growing process for these fascinating plants that live beneath the surface of Mountain Lake in the Presidio. more >>

New Podcast: Nurturing Communities of Plants—and Volunteers

From Seed to Ecosystem: The Important Role the Park Nurseries Play in Rebuilding Ecosystems

Curious about how and why we need our Native Plant Nurseries to grow plants for restoration? Check out the second installment of the “Seed to Ecosystem” podcast for insightful interviews with nursery staff and one of our star volunteers. more >>

June 2014 | Leave a comment

Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz Reaches New Heights

Did you Know: May 2014

After two intensive days of exploration and documentation, the Golden Gate National Parks BioBlitz (March 28–29) captured a vivid snapshot of the unique biodiversity in the parks. more >>

May 2014 | Leave a comment

Listen to the Spin of the Parks’ Restoration Cycle

Restoring the Park, ‘Touching the Future’

In a new podcast, hear from some of the amazing staff and interns working to preserve and restore the Presidio and the Golden Gate National Parks. Then find out how you can add your voice—and volunteer energy—to this chorus of care. more >>

April 2014 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

One Finch, Two Firs, Red Fox, Blue Fish

You don’t need a Seussian doctorate to celebrate BioBlitz (March 28–29)—just a love of learning about all the organisms in our parks! Participate in a species inventory, enjoy the Biodiversity Festival, attend special programs, or volunteer alongside event staff. We’re “counting” on you to make Golden Gate’s BioBlitz the best one yet! more >>

March 2014 | Leave a comment

Little Changes, Big Problems? Why Phenology Matters

Little Changes, Big Problems? Why Phenology Matters

Repeated over time, warm and dry winters alter the timing of natural events such as flower blooms, and those changes can produce a ripple effect throughout the food web. Learn more about phenology—the study of seasonal phenomena and how they’re affected by climate change. more >>

March 2014 | Leave a comment

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Beyond BioBlitz: Project WISE Youth Bring Science to the Parks

Two weeks before thousands of naturalists and community volunteers perform species inventories in the parks during BioBlitz, a group of high school students will unveil their own hands-on, citizen-science research. Learn how they’re getting “wise” to environmental issues. more >>

March 2014 | Leave a comment


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