San Francisco Public Library Summer Stride


Following the success of the 2016 Summer Stride partnership with the San Francisco Public Library, the 2017 summer reading program for kids (and adults!) will center on the national parks once again! Through this partnership of the San Francisco Public Library, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust, and National Park Service, you can find your reading adventure in your national park, and find another way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love

Library Trailheads

Now through August, visit the trailheads at eight libraries throughout the city to discover activities and events in the parks. Find the best reads for all ages about parks, the outdoors, and adventure...and discover the best way to get to the parks by bus


This year the park is introducing StoryWalks© to the Golden Gate National Parks! StoryWalks© were created by Anne Ferguson from Vermont in partnership with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Pages from a children’s book are placed on signs and posted along a trail like bread crumbs. Visitors can self-guide, walking the trail and reading the story at the same time!

Embark on your reading adventure outside by finding the pages among the trees, and discovering new things about the park along the way. Look for I Wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd at Mountain Lake, and The Fox Wish by Kimiko Aman at the Lands End Coastal Trail. The StoryWalks© will be up through the end of August.

Community Ranger Talks

Each month, National Park Service rangers will visit a branch of the San Francisco Public Library system and bring the joy and wonder of the parks to neighborhoods all across the city. Find the full schedule for these talks here.

Free Community Shuttle

The Community Shuttle program is offering 9 free rides from branch libraries to nearby national park sites, every Saturday through August 12. The shuttle stops at a library location and takes a group to a park site, where participants can explore the park, meet park rangers, engage in activities, learn about San Francisco history, or just enjoy the views! At the end of the trip, the shuttle takes everyone back to the library.

You Can Ensure That Our Parks Will Always Welcome All

More than ever, we need public lands where communities can come together