Park Academy Classes

Learn and grow with your national parks!


Park Academy Dune Ecology hike at Baker Beach

Park Academy provides professional career preparation for park interns, professional development opportunities for park staff, and personal enrichment for volunteers by providing ongoing learning opportunities. Parks Conservancy members are also invited and encouraged to register for classes of interest.

Classes are scheduled all year round and taught primarily by our knowledgable park staff. A wide array of topics are covered, from how to identify and propagate native plants to how to identify hawks in flight—there is something for everybody in our suite of classes. Hope you can join us soon!

Please note: Park Academy classes are meant as a special perk for volunteers, members, and employees. If you do not work for the Golden Gate National Parks, are not a member, or have not volunteered with us in the past year, a donation is encouraged. Volunteer or become a member today!

Take a look at the classes we have coming up:

Park-academy Events

Riparian Restoration with Willows, Park Academy
Thu, Feb 21 8:30am-12:00pm
Presidio Building 1216
Brian Hildebidle (Presidio Trust; Supervisory Natural Resources Management Specialist) will lead this all-day field workshop on the different techniques involved in using willows for restoring riparian zones.
Seed Treatment & Germination Class
Fri, Feb 22 1:00pm-4:30pm
Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery
Kick off our nursery class series and delve into the interesting and delicate techniques used to treat our native seeds to start germination and our growing season! This class will be led by Liz Ponzini (Manager of the Marin Headlands Nursery) and Robin Binaoro (Marin Headlands Nursery Seed Ecologist).
Tue, Feb 26 1:00pm-4:00pm
Marin Municipal Water District Office
During this event, we will teach you about the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) and you will participate in the cataloging and identification of wildlife.
Growing for Restoration, Nursery Series, Park Academy
Fri, Mar 01 10:30am-12:00pm
Presidio Native Plant Nursery
Continue our nursery class series and delve into how the nurseries grow the thousands of plants for the parks restoration and stewardship sites. This class will be led by Alisa Shor (Director of Park Nurseries).
Building Mosaics, Alcatraz Gardens Workshop Series
Sat, Mar 02 8:00am-3:00pm
This day-long course is co-hosted/sponsored by the Conservancy's Alcatraz Gardens program and will begin with a tour of the historic gardens with manager Shelagh Fritz to gain inspiration for you to create your own mosaic. With ideas in mind, local artist Kristi Halva will walk through the steps of creating a beautiful piece of art of your own.
Program Contact Information

Clara Wallace

Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415)426-5106
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