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:

Tioga Pass field sketch

Nature Journal Workshop: Improve Your Handwriting
February 9, 2016
12:30-2 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Improve your handwriting with calligrapher and nature journal keeper JP Panter. Learn targeted techniques to improve the problem area that everyone shares. We will learn how to write in italic, a practical and flexible basic handwriting style which can be either printed or cursive.

Restoration intern taking willow stakes to a restoration site.

Riparian Restoration Using Willows
February 11, 2016
9 am-3:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Brian Hildebidle (Presidio Trust; Natural Resources Stewardship Coordinator) will lead this all-day field workshop on the different techniques involved in using willows for restoring riparian zones.


One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
February 16, 2016
1:30-4:30 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 County Parks, a member of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

Controlling Invasive Plants in the GGNRA

How and Why We Control Invasives in the Park - Talk and Hike!
February 18, 2016
2-4:30 pm
Location: Tennessee Valley
Join Liz Ponzini (Manager, Tennessee Valley Nursery), for this informative and interesting class on something we should all be aware of: the threats posed to the parks by invasive plants. Class will start with a presentation, followed by a hike to observe restoration areas.

Yellow-legged frogs in amplexus

Frogs & Turtles of Mt. Tam
February 20, 2016
2-3 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Come learn about the native foothill yellow-legged frogs and western pond turtles that call the Mt. Tamalpais watershed home. March through June is the best time to see these creatures and to learn about wildlife biology and conservation. This session will be hosted by Marin Municipal Water District, a member of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.


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