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:

Alcatraz Garden Tour

Alcatraz Historic Garden Tour
April 30, 2015
8:20 am-Noon
Location: Alcatraz
Join Shelagh Fritz, project manager, to learn about the preservation process and history of the Alcatraz Gardens.

Coastal bluffs

Botany Series: Introduction to Grass Identification
May 5, 2015
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.

Potting Media

Soils Series: Plant Nutrition & Chemical Properties of Soil
May 7, 2015
1-4:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
The second class in the soil series, join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) again for a hands-on class to discover how the chemical properties of soil clean our air, clean our water, and make nutrients available to plants. You'll understand chemistry like never before!

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake
May 9, 2015
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.

Iris hartwegii

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Wildflowers - Part II
May 12, 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 continue to learn the fine techniques of drawing wildflowers!


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