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Tamalpais Bee Lab macrophotography. Shown is a blue and yellow Osmia coloradensis.
Gateways Article
Thanks in part to the work of Tamalpais Bee Lab volunteers, we now know there are HUNDREDS of different bees on Mt. Tam. As these photos indicate, you never know what amazing, colorful bees you'll see!
East Peak of Mount Tamalpais
Article
In our parks, there are two mountain peaks within five aerial miles of the closest GGNRA beach. In just a few hours, you can take in 360-degree mountain-top views of the Bay Area and walk barefoot through the sand at sea level.
A young volunteer holds up a plant
Gateways Article
One of our Presidio Native Plant Nursery volunteers is so dedicated, he's been volunteering for half his life! Find out what he has to say to fellow volunteers and those thinking about volunteering.
National Park Ranger Alanna Smith in the Presidio.
Park E-Ventures Article
"We’re always on the lookout for what stories are not being told, whose perspectives we have not heard in some of our stories," says Park Ranger Alanna Smith. Meet Ranger Alanna and learn about how she and the NPS are interpreting stories at the Presidio and beyond.
A working dog sniffs a tray of specimen in a makeshift lab environment.
Park E-Ventures Article
Why are these dogs sniffing around our native plant nurseries? Find out how a few good pups may help our staff and volunteers as we care for a large volume of plants, with many destined for the national parks of the Bay Area.
Amy Meyer speaks at an event.
Article
Read inspiring words from Amy Meyer, who was crucial to the formation of the GGNRA 50 years ago.
Sunset at Mori Point
Gateways Article
The right time to get to the parks is whenever you can make it! Here are a few ideas on how to spend time in the parks whether you've got 5, 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
Nudibranch observed in a park tidepool
Article
Visit a small but dynamic area of the GGNRA and learn why tide pools are being monitored closely for possible changes.
Coffee at the Warming Hut
Article
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.