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:

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Trees

John Muir Laws' Nature Journaling 101
February 10, 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 learn the basic techniques of creating beautiful field sketches.

Raven's Manzanita seed treatment trials at Presidio Nursery.

Nursery Series: Seed Treatment and Germination
February 12, 2015
1-4:30 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Continue with our nursery class series to reveal the interesting and delicate techniques used to treat our native seeds to start germination and our growing season.

20 Years of Non-Native Tree Removal

20 Years of Non-Native Tree Removal and Restoration on the Presidio Coastal Bluffs - Brown Bag!
February 13, 2015
Noon-1 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Michael Chasse (Biologist, National Parks Service) and Catey Ritchie (Project Manager, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy) present this study on non-native tree removal on the Presidio Coastal Bluffs over the past 20 years.

Controlling Invasive Plants in the GGNRA

How and Why We Control Invasives in the Park - Talk and Hike!
February 26, 2015
1-4 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Join Liz Ponzini (Manager, Tennessee Valley Nursery), for this informative and interesting class on something we should all be aware of: the threats posed to the parks by invasive plants.

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Introduction to the Botany Series
February 28, 2015
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Led by the talented team of Marion Anthonisen (Presidio Trust Natural Resources) and Jesse Luersen (Presidio Park Stewards Intern), come learn the basics of plant science through hands-on activities and discussion, and also learn what's to come later in the Botany Series.


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