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:

Coastal bluffs

Botany Series: Introduction to Grass Identification
May 13, 2014
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.

Plant Nutrition

Plant Nutrition
May 15, 2014
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Come learn the basics of plant nutritional needs from Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Soils Professor) and Betty Young (Director of Park Nurseries).

Potting Media

Introduction to Worm Composting
May 20, 2014
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join the very knowledgeable "Soil Dude" Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for a discussion on the basics of worm composting.

Alcatraz Garden Tour

Alcatraz Historic Garden Tour
May 22, 2014
8:20 am-Noon
Location: Alcatraz
Join Shelagh Fritz, project manager, to learn about the preservation process and history of the Alcatraz Gardens.


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