Park Academy provides professional career preparation for park interns, professional development opportunities for park staff, and personal enrichment for volunteers by providing ongoing learning opportunities. Conservancy members are also invited and encouraged to register for classes of interest.

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Classes are scheduled all year round and cover a wide range of topics, covering everything from natural resource topics to computer skills. Here are some of the class offerings:


Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
May 30, 2015
1-4 pm
During this event, we will teach you about the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) and you will participate in the cataloging and identification of wildlife. By working in this group setting, an electric environment is created as people discover the many different beautiful and amazing wildlife that has been captured on these cameras.

Tioga Pass field sketch

A Rainbow of Colors from Three Primaries
June 9, 2015
12:30-2 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Watercolor teacher Kristin Meuser will lead the class this month in how to create a rainbow of bright, vivid colors with just three primary colors. This will simplify your nature journaling kit without sacrificing image quality.

Vegetative Propagation

Nursery Series: Vegetative Plant Propagation
June 11, 2015
1–4 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Annette Russell (Marin Headlands Nursery Manager) and Meghan Steinharter (Fort Funston & Oceana Nurseries Manager) will lead this class in the art of rooting plants from cuttings.

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake

A Lake Through the Years: The History and Archaeology of Mountain Lake
June 13, 2015
2-3 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join Presidio Trust Archaeologist Kari Jones to learn about the ongoing research into the cultural and natural history of Mountain Lake.

Crissy Beach tide.

Soil Series: Climate Change, Drought, & Soils
June 18, 2015
1-4:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Hear Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor specializing in soils) discuss climate change and drought through a soils lens, and learn how soil depletion could be a greater human threat than diminished water supplies.


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Contact Information
1216 Ralston Avenue, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA, 94129
(415) 561-4868