The Institute at the Golden Gate contributes to a more sustainable and healthy world by harnessing the power of parks and public lands to advance environmental stewardship and human wellbeing.
Who We Are and What We Do: A program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service, the Institute fosters new ideas, shares best practices, encourages leadership, and supports and implements public policy changes that will benefit people and the planet.
Current Program Areas: The Institute is currently focused on how parks can connect to people’s health, sustainable food systems, and climate change education. Since its launch in 2008, the Institute has helped shape national food policy and is implementing the groundbreaking “Healthy Parks Healthy People” initiative in the U.S.
A New Stage: As we enter our fifth year, the Institute is building on its early successes and launching into a broader range of programmatic activities to bring about real change. In addition to its health, food and climate education programs, in 2013 the Institute will be launching a fourth program on urban areas and a fellowship for emerging environmental leaders.
Who We Are
The Institute at the Golden Gate champions sustainable development and environmental stewardship. Our mission is to drive action and change on the critical issues of our time. Leveraging our expertise and networks—especially those in parks and protected areas—the Institute acts as a catalyst and leader, incubating and implementing new ideas, policies and practices where it can have a clear impact. The Institute is a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership in partnership with the National Park Service.
What We Do
We work at the intersection of parks and protected areas, environmental and health challenges, and innovative network and business thinking, to identify best practices and remove the barriers to collaboration and partnership.
- Food for the Parks, supporting healthy, sustainable food systems change in parks.
- Park Prescriptions, connecting park land and resources to national health challenges.
- Trainings & Partnerships, connecting people, ideas, and experts to accelerate action.
- Climate Change Education & Parks, promoting innovative climate change education in parks.
In partnership with Cavallo Point—The Lodge at the Golden Gate—we provide reduced rate green meeting space for groups working on environment-related topics.
Who We Serve
We create opportunities for leaders from nonprofit, for-profit, and government entities to convene, collaborate, and innovate to solve pressing environmental and health challenges.
We create opportunities for nonprofit and government entities to join this network by providing affordable green meeting space, and connecting emerging leaders and organizations through their shared vision.
Where We Are
The Institute is based at historic Fort Baker in the Golden Gate National Parks, at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, California. Just minutes from San Francisco, Fort Baker is part of the greater Bay Area community renowned for its environmental leadership and culture of innovation.
Institute at the Golden Gate Programs
The Institute is pleased to welcome environmentally-focused groups to our partner venue, Cavallo Point-the Lodge at the Golden Gate, through a special Institute meeting package rate. Our LEED certified campus at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge is on 45-acres of land at Fort Baker, within the Golden Gate National Parks. Cavallo Point Lodge is an inspiring location for advancing dialogue, collaboration, and action.
The Special Institute Group Rate
Through a special arrangement with the National Park Service, qualifying groups may apply to receive a special Institute group rate for lodging, meeting space, and meal packages at Cavallo Point Lodge.
All organizations interested in receiving this rate must:
- Be a nonprofit, government, or cross-sector institution hosting an event focused on environmental issues. For-profit businesses may be eligible for the special rate.
- Select a date between November 1 and April 30 (holiday weekends excluded).
- Host an overnight event with a minimum of 10 lodging rooms per night.
- Conduct a conference, meeting or event that aligns with the Institute's mission and has broad potential for impact in serving a diverse audience.
- Commit to widely disseminating conference outcomes and results via the Institute web site.
- Submit a Program Qualification Application online.
The Institute group rate is based on the annual government per diem rate at the time of your event. Availability of the special rate is limited and subject to Institute approval. Please contact the Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 561-3560 to learn more about eligibility and complete details.
Fort Baker: A Project Built on Partnership
The Institute at the Golden Gate was established through a collaboration of nonprofit, government, and private organizations, including the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service and the Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC. The Institute is operated as a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service. The Institute is managed by a team of Conservancy staff, with oversight by Conservancy managers and trustees.
The partnership at Fort Baker is comprised of:
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experience of its park visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.
The National Park Service (NPS) manages the Golden Gate National Parks as well as 390 other park sites across the United States. Established in 1916, the mission of the NPS is to conserve the scenery, natural and historic resources, and wildlife within these parklands and to provide for their enjoyment for future generations.
Cavallo Point—The Lodge at the Golden Gate has been developed by the Fort Baker Retreat Group LLC, which consists of Equity Community Builders LLC, Passport Resorts LLC, and Ajax Capital LLC. Cavallo Point is managed by Passport Resorts, the owners and/or operators of the award winning Post Ranch Inn, Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, and the Jean-Michel Cousteau Fiji Islands Resort. For information and reservations, phone (415) 339-4700 or visit www.cavallopoint.com.