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:

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Soil Series: Biological Properties of Soil
April 29, 2014
9 am-Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) will lead this class in learning the important biological properties of soil.

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake

Science Saturday: Submerged Aquatic Vegetation of Mountain Lake
May 10, 2014
2-3 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Dr. Kathy Boyer of San Francisco State University will lead this discussion about vegetation below the surface of Mountain Lake.

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Trees

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Trees
May 13, 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 some tips and tricks for sketching trees!

Coastal bluffs

Botany Series: Introduction to Grass Identification
May 13, 2014
1-4:30 pm
Location: Tennessee Valley
Come join a talented team of Maria Alvarez (NPS, North-district Restoration Ecologist), Liz Ponzini (Conservancy, Tennessee Valley Nursery Manager and Field Coordinator) and other parks field staff in learning the fine art of identifying grasses with floral and vegetative keys.

Plant Nutrition

Plant Nutrition
May 15, 2014
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Come learn the basics of plant nutritional needs from Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Soils Professor) and Betty Young (Director of Park Nurseries).


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