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:

Hawk Identification

Flight Identification Part 2 (Thursday Session)
July 28, 2016
7-9:30 pm
Location: Fort Mason
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory has kindly set aside some seats for Park Academy in their Flight Identification training! Join us for this special two-part series to help prepare your bird of prey identification skills for the fall migration. Part 1 is a pre-requisite for Part 2.

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Advanced Plant Identification
July 29, 2016
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
In this next class in the Botany Series will delve even further into how to use taxonomic keys to identify plants specifically in the Asteraceae, Cyperaceae, and Juncaceae families.

Walking Meditation at Lands End

Walking Meditation at Lands End
July 30, 2016
7–8:30 am
Location: Lands End
This walk, led by the Park Stewardship team, will get your weekend off to a beautiful start. This stroll will start at the Lands End Coastal Trail trailhead and end at Mile Rock Beach.

Coyote cub

One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
August 4, 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.

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Trees

John Muir Laws': Field Sketching Basics
August 9, 2016
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. Are you convinced that you can't draw? Let Jack prove you wrong! Learn how to draw in as supportive environment, starting with the basics.


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