Discover New Virtual Programs at Park Youth Exchange!

The Golden Gate Bridge as viewed from Crissy Marsh. A sailboat is seen on the bay waters.

Looking for virtual programs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area? Visit ParkYouthExchange.com, a living database of youth programs in the park (updated for a post-COVID 2021)!

Parks are a place of recreation, healing, exploration, education, and wonder. Continue your park adventures even during shelter in place and find your next experience on Park Youth Exchange, where you can find dozens of virtual programming for students, families, and kids of all ages. For youth-serving organizations everywhere, COVID-19 caused immediate widespread closures, with many uncertain when they would be able to reopen their doors. However, our national parks are filled with a passionate, evolving community, and many organizations are now beginning to reopen virtually, creating brand new distance learning programs for students everywhere.

Unfortunately, with the internet being such a complicated place to navigate, we’ve seen that it’s become a major challenge for families to find those programs online. It’s also hard to tell what organizations have reopened and what web pages have updated to reflect the pandemic. To solve this problem, the Park Youth Collaborative has recently updated Park Youth Exchange, coordinating a major update with educators around the park. Organizations with updated programs include:

  • Bay Area Discovery Museum

  • Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

  • Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

  • Outward Bound CA

  • National Park Service

  • NatureBridge

  • The Marine Mammal Center

  • Presidio YMCA

  • Slide Ranch

  • The Walt Disney Family Museum

As a parent, guardian, teacher, or member of the public, you can visit the site and find new programs for your students in a flash! Just visit the site, click the Get Started button, and complete our simple 5-step process to discover the perfect program for your student. No login required.

We hope to see you (virtually) in the park soon!

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

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