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:

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake

Science Saturday: Butterflies 101 - Butterflies of Mountain Lake and Beyond!
October 11, 2014
2-3 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Come learn about the ongoing research into the cultural and natural history of Mountain Lake in this latest installment of Science Saturdays at the Lake--a series of talks by scientists studying topics related to the lake's ongoing restoration.

Shorebird posture sketch

John Muir Laws' Colored Pencils for Field Sketching
October 14, 2014
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. With this next class in his park series, come learn the details of how to utilize colored pencils for field sketching.

Park Day Nursery

Nursery Series: Planning for Next Year in the Nursery
October 23, 2014
10 am–Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
The nursery series wraps up for the year with a discussion on how to prepare for next year. This class is designed for our nursery interns, but anyone interested in Nursery Management is welcome!

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Native Plant Landscaping
November 14, 2014
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Brianna Schaefer (Manager, Presidio Nursery) will lead this class covering techniques and strategies for starting a drought tolerant California native plant garden.


Age, Skills, What to Bring:

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