We invite you to participate in PARKS AS CLASSROOMS – the K-12 National Park Service programs that take place throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area at Muir Woods, Fort Point, Marin Headlands, Presidio, Fort Funston, and Alcatraz. Please see the array of programs and link to the application below.

Please see Presidio Trust “For Teachers” for programs offered in the Presidio by the Presidio Trust.

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Here is a list and links to the NPS PARKS AS CLASSROOMS award winning place-based, inquiry programs throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area:

Inquiry With a Ranger

Sensible Habitats (Grades K-1) >>
Fort Point
Take your nature detectives on an intriguing investigation near the Golden Gate to uncover the rich diversity of human, plant, and animal life.

Seeds to Flowers (Grade 2) >>
Native Plant Nurseries (Presidio Nursery, Fort Funston Nursery, or Marin Headlands Nursery)
Service Learning at the native plant nurseries to learn about the plant life cycle and all that goes into growing new seeds.

Petal Pushers (Grade 3) >>
Native Plant Nurseries (Presidio Nursery, Fort Funston Nursery, or Marin Headlands Nursery)
Offered at the Presidio Nursery, an inquiry-based program designed for 3rd grade students.

Into the Redwood Forest (Grades 3-4) >>
Muir Woods National Monument
Your students immerse themselves in the magic of Muir Woods National Monument, which preserves one of the last remaining old-growth redwood forests in the Bay Area. These clue-seeking naturalists pose questions, look for evidence, and communicate explanations under the canopy of the redwood trees.

Point of Inquiry (Grade 4) >>
Fort Point
At the straits of the Golden Gate sits Fort Point, an enduring symbol of Gold Rush San Francisco. Your history sleuths will investigate all corners of this massive brick-and-granite fort to imagine life at the bluffs of the city. Then, they hike the nearby trails and join in group games. Co-sponsored by the Presidio Community YMCA.

Rock! Pattern! Systems! (Grade 4) >>
Marin Headlands
Guide your trekkers to the continent’s edge in the Marin Headlands. Your students will reach into a geologist’s knapsack full of compasses, maps, and tools to explain the rock patterns they see.

Green Thumbs Up! (Grade 4) >>
Native Plant Nurseries (Presidio Nursery, Fort Funston Nursery, or Marin Headlands Nursery)
Awaken the field ecologist in your students as they visit the park native plant nurseries to help grow California indigenous plants destined for park restoration projects. They will delve into biodiversity, adaptation, seed dispersal, and the growing cycle.

Alcatraz Uncovered (Grades 5-8) >>
Alcatraz Island
Your young archeologists will journey into the mysteries of time as they uncover layers of human history on the island.

Rocks on the Move (Grades 6-12) >>
Marin Headlands
Transport your middle and high school students to the Marin Headlands to discover migrating tectonic plates and active geologic landscapes in a hands-on earth science inquiry.

Project WISE (High School) >>
Crissy Field Center
Project WISE, Watersheds Inspiring Student Education, is a program in which students experience real world science in the Park. Work with park educators to identify the most relevant environmental science topics for your class to custom a program that works for your students. During the program, youth are able to see their role within and impact on the planet and identify ways in which they can take action to be more socially and scientifically conscious members of their community.

Unlocking Alcatraz (High School) >>
Alcatraz Island
Challenge your emerging high school political scientists to consider the impact of activism on the American Justice System and Civil Rights in the late 20th century.

Nuclear Reactions (Grades 11-12) >>
Nike Missile Site
This program will usher your high school students through the gates of a Cold War-era restored Nike Missile site that reflects a pivotal period in U.S. history with resounding implications for today.