“Seeing the return of natural landscapes is a very inspiring thing,” said Christine Lehnertz, president and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which has worked to bring these and other projects in the Presidio to pass. “One piece at a time adds up to so much more.”
The Rock's is full of unexpected finds, among them is a rare and tenacious rose. And this rose has a remarkable story.
"There's less people around, so you can kind of enjoy San Francisco almost like a local," said Santos, standing in line for the Alcatraz ferry on her third visit to the city. "It's a little bit refreshing, actually."
Here’s how a desolate rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay became a tourist hotspot—and horticultural haven.
The move comes after the National Park Service, which owns Alcatraz, has been steadily reopening other national parks, including Yosemite, Muir Woods, Sequoia-Kings Canyon, Pinnacles and others, often with reduced visitation and closed visitor centers.
Two peregrine falcons are doing what few creatures in history have decided to do — take up residence on Alcatraz by choice and start a family. The falcons enjoy the fabled prison site so much they built themselves a nest on the west side of the island — believed to...
"It’s an escape from what’s going on out in the world," said Muir Woods visitor Barbi Martinez. "But it’s also a reminder that there’s beauty."
#8: San Francisco Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes spectacular spots such as the Presidio (forests, a lake and dozens of miles for hiking and biking). Also check out national parks Crissy Field, and Lands End, which offers a windy cliff trail and stunning views of the shore and Golden Gate.
Predictions of a mental health crisis following on COVID-19’s heels present not only a challenge for the health care community, but an opportunity to explore seemingly less conventional options more fully. What role might public lands hold for a population looking to heal from social, financial and societal upheaval?
One in seven women in the US experiences postpartum depression, according to the National Perinatal Association. More than 400 studies demonstrate nature’s comprehensive health benefits. And in comparison to the $34,000 price tag on a new PPD-specific drug, a few doses of nature are a relatively affordable first-line option for many women.
Although many trails and parks are currently inaccessible or impractical to visit due to social distancing guidelines, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has a robust selection of Google Streetview virtual hikes available, ranging from Black Sands Beach to the Marin Headlands.
The egret has landed, thanks to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, which offers eight landscapes, including two of the stately suspension bridge as options for Zoom backgrounds. Lose yourself in the great outdoors while not leaving the indoors.