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 - CANCELED
January 24, 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.

Restoration intern taking willow stakes to a restoration site.

Riparian Restoration Using Willows
February 2, 2017
9 am-3:00 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Brian Hildebidle (Presidio Trust; Natural Resources Stewardship Coordinator) will lead this all-day field workshop on the different techniques involved in using willows for restoring riparian zones.

Blue-eyed grass

Botany Series: Basic Botany
February 9, 2017
9:00 am-12:30 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
If it’s been way too long since that high school biology class, come join Annette Russell (Presidio Nursery Manager) to learn the basics of plant biology!

Controlled brush pile burn at Green Gulch

Good Fire Day: Learning About the Role of Fire and Management in Ecosystems (POSTPONED)
February 11, 2017
9 am–3 pm
Location: Muir Beach
Come and learn about fire management policies and practices, and see a controlled fire demonstration at Muir Beach!

Students nature journaling in the field

John Muir Laws: How to Lead Nature Journaling Activities for Teachers and Group Leaders
February 14, 2017
12:30-2 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
In this workshop we will explore landscape drawing on the run--how to draw and paint a landscape in five minutes or less, while standing up, in wet weather. Learn how to see basic shapes, simplify values, and discard unnecessary detail. All experience levels are welcome!


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