A big parks welcome to the new President & CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Christine Lehnertz!

Chris is an experienced and courageous leader with a distinguished career in the National Park Service, including as superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Chris has proven her commitment to making parks relevant and accessible, and we’re happy to welcome her home to the Bay Area’s national parklands. Read our Q&A with Chris here!

California Poppy

Wow wildflowers! Tips for a stunning season

Here's where to go in our parks to see the best wildflowers while minimizing your impact.

bobcat on mount tam

Well hello there: Best shots of wildlife up close

These photos are so good, we're putting them on display in an art show. But you can see them first here.

Featured Events

You Can Ensure That Our Parks Will Always Welcome All

More than ever, we need public lands where communities can come together

People wander around a huge sculpture of a blue whale, with the San Francisco skyline in the distance
Blue Whale photos

We'll miss you, Big Blue Whale

It was an incredible run with the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Blue Whale at Crissy Field. See some of our favorite shots you posted on social media of the thought-provoking art piece.

Events guide

Spring guide: How to get out and enjoy the parks

Marquis Engle is the program director at Up on Top, an after-school and summer program in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
Meet Marquis

National Park spirit growing in SF's Tenderloin

Alcatraz Island Park Store
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Discover history: Visit the Alcatraz Park store

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Sunny day at Point Bonita Lighthouse
Mon, Apr 22 12:30pm-3:30pm
Marin Headlands, Point Bonita
History, Interpretive Walks, NPS, Recreation/Wellness

Point Bonita Lighthouse Tour

Discover how Point Bonita provided safe passage through the treacherous Golden Gate and experience the last manned lighthouse on the...

Soil Health Series, Park Academy
Tue, Apr 23 8:00am-1:00pm
Class/Workshop, Park Academy

Soil Health Series: Composting Methods at Alcatraz Gardens!

Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for this next class in his soil series and learn...

Habitat Restoration in Tennessee Valley
Tue, Apr 23 10:00am-2:00pm
Tennessee Valley

Habitat Restoration Team

Help restore and protect critical natural areas from the Marin Headlands to Bolinas Ridge.