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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 >>


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Change Makers Report Highlights Five Years of Institute Success

Change Makers

On the heels of a productive 2013, the Institute at the Golden Gate has released Change Makers, a report summarizing the Institute’s five years of leveraging parks as places to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. more >>


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Hope for Oakwood Valley: Project Uncovers Young Oak, Bay Trees

volunteers planting

Threatened by Sudden Oak Death, wildfire, and the proliferation of invasive species, the oak and bay trees of Oakwood Valley face a tenuous future. But a recently completed stewardship project gives us reason for hope—and a way to help. more >>


February 2014 | Leave a comment

2013: A Key Year to Unlocking the Power of Parks

Fort Baker

We’re thrilled to report that 2013 may have been the most successful year yet for the Institute at the Golden Gate. Look back on a remarkable year of influential reports, national convenings, and impactful pilot programs tackling some of society’s most pressing challenges. more >>


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Institute Hosts “Groundbreaking” Event on Parks and Education

Parks: The New Climate Classroom conference

On November 6–9, the Institute at the Golden Gate hosted over 140 educators, rangers, experts, and innovators at Fort Baker to brainstorm ideas on leveraging parks as places for climate-change education. Read on to learn what they discussed. more >>


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Institute Boosts Park Prescriptions Movement

Park users

Through a national convening in early October, the Institute at the Golden Gate took a big step in establishing “park prescriptions”—a cross-sector effort to give health providers the tools they need to prescribe time outdoors to improve patients’ overall health. more >>


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How Can Parks Help Teach Climate Change?

Youth out in the field

Do parks have a role in educating us about the local impacts of climate change? Would you listen? This November, the Institute at the Golden Gate’s will convene Parks: The New Climate Classroom to contribute to the growing movement for meaningful, practical, and local climate change education and communication in parks and communities nationwide. more >>


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Institute Explores Role of Parks in Urban Environments

Crissy Field

In a rapidly urbanizing world, parks and public lands are seen as vital to human, social, and ecological health. Learn how the Institute will highlight innovative programs that leverage parks to make stronger, healthier, and more vibrant communities. more >>


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National Food Changes Have Roots in Bay Area

Jon Jarvis announces Healthy Food Program (NPS, Tami Heilemann)

With the help of the Institute at the Golden Gate’s Food for the Parks program, the National Park Service has announced new standards for healthy and sustainable food options at parks across the country. Get a taste of this important change—here at Golden Gate! more >>


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