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:

Coyote cub

One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
April 24, 2018
1-4 pm
Location: Marin County, Mount Tamalpais
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. This session will be hosted by Marin Municipal Water District, a member of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Plant Taxonomy
April 26, 2018
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
This next class in the Botany Series will delve into how to use taxonomic keys to identify plants. Familiarity with plant keys and the terminology is a must. Taking the Plant Terminology class is strongly recommended before taking this class.This class will be taught by Stacy Jacobsen (Seed Collection Ecologist for Presidio Nursery), Desmond Murray (Presidio Nursery Education Manager), and Marion Anthonisen (Biological Science Technician for the Presidio).

Lands End Bioblitz

Bioblitz: Lands End Nature Challenge!
April 28, 2018
1-4 pm
Location: Lands End
Join us for a day of discovery at Lands End, as we search for wild life together! The Lands End Nature challenge is part of The City Nature Challenge, which is an international effort for people to come together and connect to our park lands. This year, there are over 60 competing cities on five continents; the competition is fierce!

Plant Nutrition

Soil Health Series: Biological Properties of Soil & Composting Methods
May 1, 2018
8:00 am–1 pm
Location: Alcatraz
Join the very knowledgeable and enthusiastic Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) and Dick Minor (Alcatraz Gardens Volunteer Compost Manager) for a hands-on class to discover the basics of creating a successful compost, and how the soil foodweb drives the sustainability of nearly all living things on Earth.

Mori Point in bloom

Wildflower Walk at Presidio Coastal Bluffs
May 5, 2018
10 am-12:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
The Park Stewardship team will lead a leisurely walk along the trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses and biology of the flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed!


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Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 426-5106