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 Beach tide.

Deep Dive into Ocean Acidification
September 21, 2017
1–4:30 pm
Location: Fort Mason
This workshop on ocean acidification is an opportunity for educators to receive the most up-to-date information directly from researchers and for scientists to practice best communication skills that can aid future educational collaborations. This is the first workshop of the BayCLIC Local Climate Science & Education Series at Fort Mason, San Francisco. The series brings the Bay Area’s science and education communities together to explore local climate research, program-specific applications, and place-based solutions. Formal and informal educators are welcome!

Hawkwatcher Field Training

Hawk Identification Field Class
September 22, 2017
11 am–1 pm
Location: Hawk Hill
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is collaborating with Park Academy to bring you a field experience during the fall migration! Join Step Wilson (GGRO Hawkwatcher Manager) for this special outing to practice your hawk identification!

Coyote cub

One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
September 26, 2017
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.

Dune Ecology

Dune Ecology
September 28, 2017
9 am-Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Dune ecosystems support an incredible variety of fauna and flora and the park has some amazing examples! Michael Chasse will lead this class in learning the basics of dune ecology followed by a walking tour of the dunes in the Presidio!

Alcatraz Gardens Class Series: Building Mosaics

Alcatraz Gardens Class Series: Building Mosaics
September 30, 2017
8:45 am–3 pm
Location: Alcatraz
This day-long course is co-hosted/sponsored by the Conservancy's Alcatraz Gardens program and will begin with a tour of the historic gardens with manager Shelagh Fritz to gain inspiration for you to create your own mosaic. With ideas in mind, local artist Kristi Halva will walk through the steps of creating a beautiful piece of art of your own. Participants will also see the Alcatraz Florilegium on display, a collection of botanical illustrations depicting the plants of Alcatraz.


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