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:

Coyote cub

One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
July 7, 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.

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Plant Families in the Field (Muir Beach to Pirates Cove)
July 8, 2016
8 am-Noon
Location: Muir Beach
Stretch your legs and get out your hand lens! Spend the morning in the northern Marin Headlands and the mouth of Redwood creek for a botanical-oriented hike examining several plant families.

Tioga Pass field sketch

John Muir Laws: Introduction to Nature Journaling
July 12, 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. Come learn some tips and tricks for getting your summer nature journal started!


One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Volunteer Field Assistant Training
July 14, 2016
9 am-12 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Be a part of the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project, a One Tam citizen science initiative aimed at studying wildlife on public lands around Mt. Tamalpais! As part of the project, trained volunteers assist agency staff as they hike to some of the most remote locations in Marin to service the cameras and download photos.

Hawk Identification

Flight Identification Part 1 (Wednesday Session)
July 20, 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.


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