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:

Dias Ridge Wildflower Hike

Botany Series: Plant Families in the Field (Miwok Loop)
April 1, 2017
8 am-12:30 pm
Location: Muir Woods National Monument
Stretch your legs and get out your hand lens! Spend the spring morning exploring Tennessee Valley and portion of the Miwok Trail on a botanical oriented hike examining several plant families and genera.

Plant Nutrition

Soil Health Series: Physical Properties of Soil
April 4, 2017
1 - 4 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 soil!

Coyote cub

One Tam Event: Wildlife Picture Index Workshop
April 6, 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.

Tioga Pass field sketch

John Muir Laws: Nature Journal Workshop
April 11, 2017
12:30-2 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop to sharpen and enhance your drawing, observation, and journaling skills!

Plant Nutrition

Soil Health Series: Composting Methods & Biological Properties of Soil
April 11, 2017
1 - 4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for this first class in his soil series. Come learn the fundamentals of soil biology and learn how to build a successful and thriving compost!


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