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Nudibranch observed in a park tidepool
Coffee at the Warming Hut
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You can basically smell the coffee being brewed at nearby cafes from many Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) park sites, which neighbor some of the best coffee shops in the Bay Area. You can take their coffee anywhere, but we think it tastes best while roaming through the parks...
Legacy News article
We recently caught up with Silver Lupine Circle member Leslie, who shared with us her long connection with Ocean Beach and Lands End.
Person holds a tote bag with forest scene while gazing at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Article
Looking for that perfect holiday gift for the park lover in your life? Check out these fun items, plus ideas for giving experiences and giving back to the parks.
Legacy News article
Jan Blum made a lasting impact with her time, energy, and resources on the health of our parks and for current and future generations of habitat as well as visitors, combining her passion for both parks and community.
Visitors examine information about incarceration on red and black panels at Alcatraz.
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Alcatraz Island is full of doors that lead to the past, and right now there are several unique and new experiences on the island to check out.
Adventure Guides sit at a park bench, stamping Presidio Adventure Passports.
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Create your own adventure in the parks with the help of the Leo Helzel Adventure Guides. Launching at the opening of Presidio Tunnel Tops in spring 2022. These youth leaders will be based at the Field Station and Outpost within the new 14 acres of public green space, serving as...
Ranger Rebecca Au poses with a butterfly drawing in a flower field.
Park E-Ventures Article
In 2016, Park Ranger Rebecca Au, a former art teacher with a Master’s degree in museum education, drove from Massachusetts to California. She estimates she visited around 10 national parks along the way, including Badlands, Grand Tetons, and Bryce Canyon. It was the NPS centennial, and the grand fanfare around...
A California giant salamander spotted on Mount Tamalpais
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The best time to find a California giant salamander is around dawn and dusk during rainy season, as they traverse the wet landscape. Dr. Lisette Arellano compares recent iNaturalist observations of this species to historical data from museums and databases.
Olema Valley and Phleger Estate
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Unimpeded views of Tomales Bay fill your view beyond the ridgeline of Olema Valley. Forty-five miles southeast, Phleger Estate is engulfed by towering redwoods. More than 30 other park sites, with varied landscapes and ecosystems, are sandwiched between these two locations. Olema Valley and Phleger Estate are the most northern...
Lt. Col. Lewis Spencer Kirkpatrick standing in front of unfinished Golden Gate Bridge in 1935.
Gateways Article
It’s a long way from Oklahoma City to Marin County, but connections with our parklands can be deep and wide.
Child plays in the waves with Golden Gate Bridge in background.
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A photo exhibit offers a glimpse into the lives of the people behind the camera and the subjects in the images. It also communicates something from the people who selected and displayed the photos. For the upcoming My Park Moment   photo show , eight local high schoolers helped select...