Crissy Field Center is a dynamic hub of youth engagement for Golden Gate National Parks and a model program of the National Park Service. Crissy Field center programs encourage new generations to become bold leaders for thriving parks, healthy communities, and a more environmentally just society. With our focus on engaging people who traditionally have had little—if any—access to national parks, the Center has developed strong partnerships with schools and community centers in underserved areas, providing a majority of its programming for free or at low cost.
The Center’s state of the art, green education facility at East Beach consists of classrooms, labs and gathering space for youth enrolled in the Center’s camps, visiting on school field trips or with after school programs and youth leaders that help ensure that we are truly Parks For All, Forever!
Working in partnership with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust, the Center actively engages people with their environments by focusing on the convergence of the urban and natural environment through multicultural perspectives.
The Center’s highly trained, diverse staff provides multicultural programming that instills environmental values, civic responsibility, park stewardship, leadership development, and a commitment to sustainability. By taking a “ladder of learning” approach and offering multiple, stepped programs that promote long-term relationships, the Center nurtures youth both personally and professionally, introducing them to career opportunities within the park.
Since its opening in 2001, the Center has served more than 800,000 youth and their families through school field trips, public workshops, after-school programs, summer camps, and more. Our award winning programs internationally regarded as innovative models of education for sustainability.Donate to this program >>
Designed for a Sustainable Future
Crissy Field Center used as many green elements as possible into the design and construction of the new 7,200-square-foot interim facility. Advanced pre-engineering substantially reduced the demand for raw materials and makes the construction site virtually waste free. Fisher Development, Project FROG’s installation partner, used a solar-powered generator to further minimize environmental impact. Other sustainable features and practices include:
- Exterior panels made from old-growth redwood salvaged from the historic Cal Park Hill Railway Tunnel, paired with EcoClad—a bio-composite material engineered from post-consumer paper/wood fiber and bamboo fiber
- InterfaceFlor carpet tiles made with 70 percent recycled content
- Energy-efficient lighting systems with daylight sensors and occupancy controls
- A 2,500-gallon rainwater catchment tank providing enough water to cover more than half the annual toilet flushing needs
- Plans for a solar-thermal heating system to generate hot water for all the snack bar operations
- The liquid hand soap is biodegradable, and is made with vegetable and fruit extracts, and naturally occurring minerals
- Sustainably sourced furniture and cabinets were removed from the building at 603 Mason and are being reused in the new facility