Spring 2019 guide to the Golden Gate National Parks
Spring is one superlative season that’ll be sure to delight all the senses. The persistent precipitation this past winter ensured we’d have a floral array akin to any fashion show and a verdant hillside hue as deep as any forest.
Put those rain boots away and whip out the hiking shoes. From yarn-based art at Fort Point to the Give Back Kick Back on Saturday, April 6, here’s what’s in store from April to June:
Buy tickets to the Give Back Kick Back at Lands End
Kick off the springtime festivities at the Give Back Kick Back on Saturday, April 6. Greet the day with early morning yoga from Downward Drinking Dog, followed by a habitat restoration project at Lands End.
Then replenish your body and soul at the “Kick Back” with all-you-can-eat BBQ, vocal stylings from Bay Area rapper Alia Sharrief, and complimentary adult beverages from Deep Eddy Vodka, Boochcraft, and Sufferfest Beer. Wind down and make new friends in an outdoor lounge hosted by REI.
Volunteers get discounted tickets to the “Kick Back.” If you’re unable to volunteer, you can still buy a ticket to the afternoon festivities. Get your tickets today.
This event is 21+. You must present a valid ID at check-in.
Celebrate Earth Day across the parks
Flex your environmental might this Earth Day weekend! Events on Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21 encourage the environmental stewards in us all. You can celebrate by joining one of the many volunteer projects in the Golden Gate National Parks. From beach cleanups to a celebration at Pier 33 with Alcatraz Cruises, there’s something for everyone. Bring yourself, your friends, and family!
Attend our weekly volunteer opportunities
Every day is Earth Day in the parks! If you miss the Earth Day celebrations in April, don’t fret: There are plenty of upcoming volunteer opportunities for you and you squad.
From San Mateo County to Marin County, you can join a drop-in weekly program or plan a group volunteer work day.
And don’t forget: A volunteer activity is a fantastic way to spend quality time outdoors with friends and family this spring. Learn more at parksconservancy.org/volunteer.
Peruse the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Art Show
After three years and four million images, the Marin Wildlife Picture Index Project is releasing its first findings. On Friday, April 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Marin Art and Garden Center, get a glimpse of what we’re learning about our wild neighbors, and enjoy a happy hour with biologists, staff, and community scientists working to understand the health of Mt. Tam’s wildlife.
Take a wildflower walk
Your parks are a floral extravaganza this spring. Hillsides from Mori Point to the Marin Headlands are erupting with colorful displays of California poppies, seaside daisies, Douglas irises, and many more.
And for you Bay Area wildflower hunters, here are tried-and-true places where you can wander among the wildflowers: Mori Point, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin Headlands, and Lands End.
In addition to the tried and true spots mentioned above, you can also join us and our wildflower experts on an upcoming walk!
- Saturday, April 13, 2019 | 10-12:30 p.m. | Presidio Coastal Bluffs
- Saturday, April 20, 2019 |10-12:30 p.m. | Presidio Coastal Bluffs
- Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 10-12:30 p.m. | Lands End
See the Immigrant Yarn Project at Fort Point
Open now until June 9, this new Art in the Parks exhibit features squares, pieces, pompoms, and blankets made by over 600 contributors from across the country, representing generations of immigrants from every corner of the world, to celebrate both our shared immigrant story and our citizenry.
Experience Future IDs at Alcatraz
Future IDs at Alcatraz is a yearlong installation featuring ID-inspired artwork by individuals with conviction histories, in conjunction with lead artist Gregory Sale, as they conceive and develop a vision for a future self. Future IDs at Alcatraz aims to amplify the voices of individuals returning to society after incarceration in the context of the historic prison-turned national park.
Look for this Art in the Parks project, open now, in the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island. Entry is included with the purchase of an Alcatraz ticket. Check back to the project’s web page for more details.
Be a hawkwatch volunteer
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) is now recruiting new hawkwatchers for the 2019 fall migration season!
We recruit for new banders every two years and our next recruitment will be in 2020.
Attend one of our recruitment meetings to get an overview of the GGRO and what being a hawkwatcher entails, talk to a current volunteer, and meet with the staff. These meetings are the best way to decide if working with us is right for you.