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Highlighting the people, engaging programs and beautiful places that make the Golden Gate National Parks special. Can't get enough? Sign up for our monthly E-ventures newsletter, and become a member today to receive our gorgeous Gateways newsletter quarterly. More about our publications here

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Orange, black and white monarch butterfly seen landing on purple milkweed flowers.
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You can almost hear the resounding cry from the East Bay to San Mateo County to Marin: Let's help the monarchs! From our own backyards to the undulating landscape around Mt. Tamalpais, Parks Conservancy staff, partners, and our parks community are marshaling resources to study and help monarch butterflies.
Image of ticket from Golden Gate Bridge opening day in 1937.
Park E-Ventures Article
We want to wish a happy birthday to our newest Parks Conservancy member, Dorothy "Dotty" Gardner! Dotty turned 106 on July 19, and to celebrate, her family purchased a Parks Conservancy membership for her. Dotty has a special association with the parks and our great park connector, the Golden Gate Bridge.
An image of multiple signs on a trial.
Park E-Ventures Article
The California Coastal Trail, a 1,230-mile public route following the Pacific coastline from Mexico to Oregon, is one of our unique connecting points in the parks.
Paolo Asuncion and Mike Arcega with TNT Traysikel
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TNT Traysikel made history and worldwide news when it crossed the Golden Gate Bridge earlier this year, reportedly becoming the first Filipino traysikel to cross the famed bridge.
An image of a walking path in the midst of a tiered garden.
Park E-Ventures Article
Facing the sunrise on a terraced hillside behind the General’s Residence at Fort Mason, Black Point Historic Gardens looks out on San Francisco’s Aquatic Park and the San Francisco Bay. This historic piece of land is just under one acre but manages to connect and open up the Golden Gate...
Sunset at Fort Funston
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From expansive beaches that seem to stretch on forever to tiny pocket beaches nestled into coastal bluffs, the sandy shores of the GGGNRA have something for every beach lover. With summer days around the corner, we wanted to share highlights from some of the most unique park beaches.
A graphic of children playing outside. The Golden Gate Bridge is visible in the background.
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Come together at Presidio Tunnel Tops, our newest public green space in San Francisco, 14 acres within the Presidio for our community to embrace as their own.
Hikers in the Marin Headlands.
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For our Annual Report to the Community, we reached out to members and others in our parks community to see if they would share their reasons for loving parks. Here are some of their responses.
Park Ranger Giessell Aguilar at Muir Woods.
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Ranger Giessell is doing fascinating work uncovering untold stories at Muir Woods, and using her own history to connect with the wide range of visitors to the redwoods.
Paintings from I-YEL Group Art Project
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When the pandemic began, youth program leaders and participants supported each other with ideas for communal and individual self-care including neighborhood clean-ups, meditation, journaling, examining family history and art.
Aerial view showing the Quartermaster Reach wetlands
Gateways Article
For the first time in over 100 years, the Presidio’s Tennessee Hollow watershed will be connected to the San Francisco Bay.