Youth Programs

Crissy Field Center Urban Backpackers
Our Work
Outdoor environmental experiences for middle school youth in the Golden Gate National Parks.
Cloud hovers over the Golden Gate Bridge
Article
Watch this televised special to learn about the parks’ strong foundations and bright future welcoming all who want to bask in their beauty. Or watch just to enjoy some of that beauty from afar!
Youth in the Urban Trailblazers program on a hike through the Presidio.
Gateways Article
Youth at the Crissy Field Center have become podcasting pros, and you can hear their work on your way to work!
Tossing dirt during the Tunnel Tops "Groundmaking" event.
Events
Coming in fall 2021: The Presidio Tunnel Tops! On Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 we kicked off construction of the site at a “Groundmaking” celebration with the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
From left, Middle School Summer Programs Instructors Imari Keith, Aiden Koontz, Kathleen Wong, Olive Tambou, Dion Chung, and Nhi Nguyen. The six youth leaders from summer 2019 were all past participants in Crissy Field Center programs.
Gateways Article
All six Middle School Programs Instructors this summer were past participants in Crissy Field Center programs, so inspired by their own experiences that they wanted to mentor a new generation of park lovers.
middle schoolers hike on coastal bluffs with golden gate bridge
Our Work
The Inner Sunset Community Advocates group had never made a multi-year grant. But they kept hearing “excited” updates about the Parks Conservancy’s Urban Trailblazers (UTB) program from a middle schooler named Chastity.
Hanging out at Muir Beach.
Article
Find a new park or activity, and check out what our youth leaders are doing for spring break in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond.
Marquis Engle is the program director at Up on Top, an after-school and summer program in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood.
Park E-Ventures Article
The story of how a partnership with the Up on Top after-school and summer program has inspired ‘love and beauty’ in its enigmatic program director, Marquis Engle.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy President & CEO Greg Moore.
Gateways Article
In 33 years with Greg Moore at the helm, the Parks Conservancy and its partners have helped transform and restore Crissy Field, Lands End, and Fort Baker, ushered in the Presidio as its own national park, and built thousands of miles of trails.
Our Work
At [my organization], I feel a bit siloed. It’s exciting to work with people outside of there to see and pull from their knowledge, see what they’re doing that is exciting and different, [and] whether or not I can implement [it].
PYC Stakeholder, speaking about purpose