Press Coverage

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is in the news! Read the latest coverage about the Parks Conservancy and our work below. Check out our Press Room for press releases and more about the Parks Conservancy, or contact us directly at media@parksconservancy.org.

Image of wildflowers at Lands End
SF Gate

"People come here thinking it's a city backyard park," said Roberta Walker, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy retail manager for the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center. Walking along the coast at Lands End makes you feel like you've found your own secret path. Still, the trails here are well maintained and easy to follow.

A video recording capture of a female peregrine falcon peering at four unhatched eggs of varying colors.
San Francisco Chronicle

A pair of nesting peregrine falcons on Alcatraz Island successfully hatched four chicks in April. “The efforts to monitor nesting peregrines on Alcatraz are very exciting,” Teresa Ely, senior program manager at the Parks Conservancy’s Golden Gate Raptor Observatory. “Their local population has rebounded, and it’s amazing to see these birds thrive in habitats that act as sanctuaries amongst urban landscapes.”

Views from Dias Ridge
Marin Living Magazine

For those who live in and visit the area, these trails, and hundreds of miles more, are a defining characteristic of Marin. They are built on layered stories of the past, surfacing experiences of nature, athleticism and community. “The trails in Marin connect you to those who have walked before,” says Mia Monroe, National Parks ranger and Marin community liaison.

Alcatraz by Michael Schwab
KTVU

March 21 marks the 60th anniversary of Alcatraz’s closure as a penitentiary, but it’s always been much more than that brief history. Alcatraz Island is a place to learn about social justice, prison reform, birds, and even flowers! The island is full of history. Come and see for yourself. 

Elderly couple poses for a selfie before the Golden Gate Bridge at Presidio Tunnel Tops.
Lonely Planet

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area is doing such cool accessibility work – and has so many beautiful and interesting things to see – that it’s worth mentioning to put on your vacation bucket list.

alcatraz gardens
The San Francsican

“We’ve made every effort to be sustainable,” says Shelagh Fritz, Program Manager of Alcatraz Gardens. Scraps and cuttings are collected for compost, never hauled away. Over on the other side of the island, near the rose garden, she proudly shows me Alcatraz’s award-winning compost, lifting up a tarp to reveal a shoulder-high collection of steaming organic matter, complete with plump, writhing worms.

An artistically crafted bench at Presidio Tunnel Tops sits before the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands in the background.
Travel + Leisure

San Francisco's urban national park unit recently gained 14 acres with the opening of the Presidio Tunnel Tops, a green space designed by James Corner Field Operations, the lead firm for New York City’s High Line, which incorporated input from more than 10,000 residents with the help of the Parks Conservancy.

NPS Park Ranger gives a presentation to visitors at the Presidio Campfire Circle
San Francisco Chronicle

Two dozen parks have opened in San Francisco since 2020, including what The Chronicle calls "the spectacular Presidio Tunnel Tops," a triumph of imagination and generosity of Bay Area donors. Tunnel Tops cost $118 million — $98 million of which was raised by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Hawk Hill
Nature's Archive

Allen Fish, Director of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory--a long-term, community-science program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, in cooperation with the National Park Service--tells us all about their hawk count and banding operation, as well as some of the fascinating projects and partners that connect to this community science effort.

A commemorative plaque at the Tunnel Tops Campfire Circle honors the donors who made the park possible.
National Geographic

For an inspiring, all-ages journey, gather around a campfire with Golden Gate views at Presidio Tunnel Tops in San Francisco. 

Shelagh Fritz tends to garden beds on Alcatraz Island.
San Francisco Chronicle

Shelagh Fritz’s primary job is curating and preserving the Alcatraz garden as it was planted decades ago. She identifies plants in photographs and researches them through a lens of sustainability. She enjoys combining research with being on the ground and doing the work.

Parks Conservancy CEO Chris Lehnertz sits in the Fort Mason Community Garden
The San Francisco Standard

As the Golden Gate National Recreation Area begins its celebration of 50 years, The Standard spoke with Parks Conservancy CEO Chris Lehnertz about what drives the organization's mission to “activate” its national parklands.