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:

Crissy Field Center aerial view

Crissy Field Center Models Sustainability
April 27, 2017
12:30–1:30 pm
Location: Crissy Field Center
Conservancy Project Manager Tom Odgers will lead a tour of the sustainability features of the Crissy Field Center, including a brand new set of wind turbines, rainwater catchment, solar hot water, and more.

Mori Point in bloom

Evening Wildflower Walk at Mori Point
April 28, 2017
6-7:30 pm
Location: Mori Point
The Park Stewardship team will lead a leisurely walk along the trails of Mori Point. A guide will describe the biodiversity of the area's ecosystem, as well as highlight its importance in the scientific community. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed!

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Introduction to Plant Identification with Taxonomic Keys
April 28, 2017
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. Taking the Plant Terminology class is strongly recommended before taking this class. This class will be taught by Brett Stevenson (Ecological Restoration Coordinator), Esperanza Pimentel (Biological Science Technician) and Stacy Jacobsen (Seed Collection Ecologist for Presidio Nursery).

Mori Point in bloom

Wildflower Walk at Presidio Coastal Bluffs
April 29, 2017
10 am-Noon
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!

Plant Nutrition

Soil Health Series: Understanding Growth Media & the Chemistry of Soil (Rescheduled)
May 2, 2017
1–4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
In the third class in the soil series, join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for a hands-on class to discover how the chemical reactions of soil clean our air, clean our water, and make nutrients available to plants. You'll understand chemistry like never before!

 

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Contact Information

cvoigt@parksconservancy.org
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 426-5106