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:

Gardening in the Fog Series at Fort Scott Community Garden

Gardening in the Fog Series: Harvesting Your Bounty, Winter Gardening, and Cover Cropping (2nd Chance!)
September 15, 2014
6–8 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
The Park Academy program is pleased to partner with the Presidio Trust in announcing their upcoming gardening series! Join Presidio Community Garden Intern Kasey Wooten as she goes through how to best use your community or home garden bed. Learn what plants grow best here, how to manage pests and pathogens with organic methods, and how to maximize your growing space throughout the year. Each class will have a bit of time at the end for mentorship connections if you are interested in working with other gardeners. Please feel free to sign up for just one class or come to all five!

Introduction to Maps, Compass Use, and Orienteering

Introduction to Maps, Compass Use, and Orienteering
September 18, 2014
8:30 am - Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
In this introductory class, attendees will learn the basic parts of any topographic map and how to unleash the power of the simple compass! All tools and materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your favorite topographic map or compass.

Ferns growing in the Presidio Nursery.

Nursery Series: Fern Propagation from Spore - CANCELLED
September 25, 2014
9 am - Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Brianna Schaefer (Manager, Presidio Nursery) and Chelsea Dicksion (Manager, Redwood Creek Nursery) will lead this class in the delicate and interesting process of planting ferns from spore.

Science Saturdays at Mountain Lake

Science Saturday: Butterflies 101 - Butterflies of Mountain Lake and Beyond!
October 11, 2014
2-3 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Come learn about the ongoing research into the cultural and natural history of Mountain Lake in this latest installment of Science Saturdays at the Lake--a series of talks by scientists studying topics related to the lake's ongoing restoration.

Park Day Nursery

Nursery Series: Planning for Next Year in the Nursery
October 23, 2014
10 am–Noon
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
The nursery series wraps up for the year with a discussion on how to prepare for next year. This class is designed for our nursery interns, but anyone interested in Nursery Management is welcome!


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