Plants, Animals, and Ecosystems
Conserving Wildlife and Habitats in a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
The Golden Gate National Parks are notably rich in biological diversity due to the broad spectrum of habitats and unique geology within the parks.
Nearly 53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, and 11 species of amphibians call the Golden Gate National Parks their home during some part of the year.
The Golden Gate National Parks are also host to an extensively diverse array of plant species. Almost one third of California’s plant species are found inside of park boundaries.
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory’s mission is to inspire the preservation of California raptor populations.
Restoring for generations to come, the nurseries provide a living link between local communities and the restoration of native plant habitat throughout the Golden Gate National Parks.
The Park Stewardship Program engages local community members in the stewardship of parklands throughout the Golden Gate National Parks.
There are 35 endangered, rare, and threatened species in the Golden Gate National Parks. That’s more federally protected species than any other national park unit in the continental United States—more than Yosemite, Yellowstone, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks combined.
Learn more about individual native plants found in the Golden Gate National Parks and grown in our nurseries for restoration projects.
We want you to have a howlingly good time in the Golden Gate National Parks, but we also want to protect the wildlife that howl (and those that don’t).