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:

Geology of the Presidio

Geology of the Park: Talk and Hike! (POSTPONED)
April 21, 2015
1-4:30 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Will Elder (NPS, Interpretive Ranger) will lead this interesting natural history discussion on the many layers of substrate in the Presidio.

Potting Media

Soils Series: Nursery Growth Media & Physical Properties of Soil
April 23, 2015
1-4:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) will lead this class in learning the important physical properties of good potting soil.

Alcatraz Garden Tour

Alcatraz Historic Garden Tour
April 30, 2015
8:20 am-Noon
Location: Alcatraz
Join Shelagh Fritz, project manager, to learn about the preservation process and history of the Alcatraz Gardens.

Coastal bluffs

Botany Series: Introduction to Grass Identification
May 5, 2015
1-4:30 pm
Location: Tennessee Valley
Come join a talented team of Maria Alvarez (NPS, North-district Restoration Ecologist), Liz Ponzini (Conservancy, Tennessee Valley Nursery Manager and Field Coordinator) and other parks field staff in learning the fine art of identifying grasses with floral and vegetative keys.

Potting Media

Soils Series: Plant Nutrition & Chemical Properties of Soil
May 7, 2015
1-4:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
The second class in the soil series, join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) again for a hands-on class to discover how the chemical properties of soil clean our air, clean our water, and make nutrients available to plants. You'll understand chemistry like never before!


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