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:

Mori Point in bloom

Nursery Series: Introduction to Seed Collection
May 14, 2015
1–4 pm
Location: Fort Funston
Meghan Steinharter (Oceana and Fort Funston Nursery Manager) and Annette Russell (Marin Headlands Nursery Manager) will discuss the fundamentals of seed collection through presentation and demonstration in the field.

Alcatraz Garden Tour

Alcatraz Historic Garden Tour
May 19, 2015
8:20 am-Noon
Location: Alcatraz
Join Shelagh Fritz, project manager, to learn about the preservation process and history of the Alcatraz Gardens.

Potting Media

Soil Series: Composting Methods & Biological Properties of Soil
May 28, 2015
1-4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for this next class in his soil series-- come learn the fundamentals of soil biology and learn how to build a successful and thriving compost!

Tioga Pass field sketch

A Rainbow of Colors from Three Primaries
June 9, 2015
12:30-2 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco
Watercolor teacher Kristin Meuser will lead the class this month in how to create a rainbow of bright, vivid colors with just three primary colors. This will simplify your nature journaling kit without sacrificing image quality.

Vegetative Propagation

Nursery Series: Vegetative Plant Propagation
June 11, 2015
1–4 pm
Location: Marin Headlands
Annette Russell (Marin Headlands Nursery Manager) and Meghan Steinharter (Fort Funston & Oceana Nurseries Manager) will lead this class in the art of rooting plants from cuttings.


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