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.

Sign up for Park Academy announcements >>
Make a donation to Park Academy >>

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:

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Basic Botany
March 7, 2015
9:30 am-Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Ely Huerta Ortiz (Nurseries Education Manager) and Annette Russell (Marin Headlands Nursery Manager) lead this class on the basics of plant biology.

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Trees

John Muir Laws' Nature Journaling 101
March 10, 2015
12:30-2 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Naturalist, educator, and artist John (Jack) Muir Laws is in love with the natural world and has lived his life sharing this passion with others. Come learn the basic techniques of creating beautiful field sketches.

Raven's Manzanita seed treatment trials at Presidio Nursery.

Nursery Series: Seed Treatment and Germination
March 12, 2015
1-4:30 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Continue with our nursery class series to reveal the interesting and delicate techniques used to treat our native seeds to start germination and our growing season.

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Plant Terminology
March 20, 2015
1-4:30 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Taught by the skilled team of Eric Klein (Formerly of Park Stewardship) and Naomi LeBeau (Park Stewardship Restoration Specialist), this class will provide an introduction to the botanical terms commonly used in identifying plants with a taxonomic key.

Xanthomendoza hasseana (sunburst lichen) with Ramalina.

Introduction to Lichens on Alta Vista Trail
March 27, 2015
10 am-3:30 pm
Location: San Mateo County
Join Tom Carlberg (California Lichens Society) and Susie Bennett (San Mateo Natural Resource Specialist) for an introductory talk followed by a hike to explore the lichen diversity on Alta Vista Trail!


Items 1 - 5 of 6  12Next

Age, Skills, What to Bring:

Curiosity to learn more about your parks!

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