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A New Twist for Park Internships

Park interns

This past winter the Parks Conservancy and National Park Service embarked on an exciting new adventure with our friends at San Francisco State University (SFSU) and City College of San Francisco (CCSF) – a program called “Academic Internships.” This new internship model connects local college students with work experience opportunities... more >>


May 2013 | Leave a comment

Catch the Spring Service Fever

Volunteer at work in the park

With spring upon us, the parks need your helping hands and TLC! April is a month full of festivity and activity in the parks—Earth Day, National Volunteer Week, National Youth Service Day, and National Park Week—all back-to-back!

Last April over 2,000 volunteers from our extraordinary community—including over 50 civic, school and... more >>


April 2013 | Leave a comment

The Elusive, Mystifying Northern Harrier

Northern Harrier

“Harrier!” exclaimed my co-intern, Heather, pointing at a hawk skimming down the hillside.

I looked up as it passed, its long wings carrying it on an unwavering glide. I had no idea how to identify this raptor. “It has that patch of white at the base of its tail, just like... more >>


March 2013 | 4 Comments | Leave a comment

A Very Special Earth Day in January

Volunteers planting in the parks

An Earth Day event in January, you ask? But, how can that be? Isn’t Earth Day on April 22? Well, yes. But this is a very special Earth Day event. In fact, it’s the longest-running and most well-attended event in the entire Golden Gate National Parks.

In 2013, Muir Woods National... more >>


January 2013 | Leave a comment

Double Thumbs Up for Park Volunteers!

Staff giving two thumbs up

Before we jump into the New Year, we have to look back and give a HUGE round of applause to all of the volunteers who generously contributed their time and energy to the Golden Gate National Parks in 2012.

On behalf of the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust, and the... more >>


January 2013 | 1 Comments | Leave a comment

"Flying" One Ton of Rock in Muir Woods

Ranger at Muir Woods

“Tension!” I yell, breaking the serenity in the gully above Muir Woods.

A few seconds later, “Tension!” is the reply from the other side, and I start tensioning the high-line, a cable and pulley system that carries drain rock, gravel, and dirt  across a steep ravine, saving the trail crews time... more >>


January 2013 | Leave a comment

Ready for a Record-Breaking Planting Season!

Volunteer at work

Volunteers have played a vital role in the entire cycle of nurturing our native plants—seed collecting, seed cleaning, seed sowing, composting, pot washing, transplanting and, now, outplanting across the parks at restoration sites.

Much of this activity has centered in our six park nurseries, located in Marin, San Francisco, and San... more >>


December 2012 | Leave a comment

Fleet Week and America’s Cup Pitch In!

Military Volunteers

October 5-7, 2012 was one very busy weekend in San Francisco, with Fleet Week and America’s Cup headlining the many, many events going on in the city. Even so, folks involved with both spectacular events still found time to give some TLC to the Golden Gate National Parks.

On Friday, Oct.... more >>


November 2012 | Leave a comment

Coastal Cleanup Day: A Watershed Event!

Coastal Cleanup Day: A Watershed Event!

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 was another tremendous success because of the amazing effort and enthusiasm of our community volunteers, as well as the leadership of our site captains and generosity of our sponsors. THANK YOU!

In San Francisco alone, 3,500 volunteers collected over 10,000 pounds of debris—from our shorelines,... more >>


October 2012 | Leave a comment

Back to School, Back to Trail Cool

Back to School, Back to Trail Cool

Teens on Trails is a volunteer program designed uniquely with high school students in mind: our volunteer work days are hosted on school holidays!

Our goal is two-fold: we welcome students to cool park sites where we’ll provide some education, snacks, and good times—and in turn, much-needed work gets... more >>


October 2012 | Leave a comment

 

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