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:

Plant Nutrition

Soil Health Series: Composting Methods & Biological Properties of Soil
April 29, 2016
9 am - Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for this next class in his soil series-- come learn the fundamentals of soil biology and learn how to build a successful and thriving compost!

Mori Point in bloom

Wildflower Walk with Park Stewardship
April 30, 2016
11 am–1pm
Location: Lands End
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!

The Multiplier Effect of Volunteers

Volunteers and Philanthropy (or Why Volunteerism Matters)
May 4, 2016
10-11:30 am
Location: Marin Headlands
Join Greg Lassonde, philanthropy consultant, for a presentation on the powerful effect of volunteerism in our communities.

Coyote cub

One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
May 5, 2016
1-4 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 Municipal Water District, a member of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

Plant Nutrition

Soil Health Series: Understanding Growth Media & the Chemistry of Soil
May 6, 2016
9 am–Noon
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 reactions of soil cleans our air, cleans our water, and makes nutrients available to plants. You'll understand chemistry like never before!


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San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 426-5106