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:


One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
September 8, 2015
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 County Parks, a member of the Tamalpais Lands Collaborative.

John Muir Laws' How to Draw Trees

John Muir Laws' Drawing Workshop
September 8, 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 and draw with Jack!


One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Volunteer Field Assistant Training
September 9, 2015
9 am-12 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Be a part of the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project, a One Tam citizen science initiative aimed at studying wildlife on public lands around Mt. Tamalpais! As part of the project, trained volunteers assist agency staff as they hike to some of the most remote locations in Marin to service the cameras and download photos.

July 2015 Science Saturday

To Shell and Back: How the SF Zoo Helped Western Pond Turtles Return to Mountain Lake
September 12, 2015
2-3 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join Jessie Bushell from the San Francisco Zoo for an introduction to the shy and fascinating western pond turtle. Come meeting a turtle and learn about California's only native freshwater aquatic turtle.

Geology of the Presidio

Geology of the Park: Talk and Hike!
September 15, 2015
1-4:00 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.


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