Park Stories

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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.
2001 Crissy Field Center Opening
Park E-Ventures Article
Over 20 years, the Crissy Field Center team has reached over 750,000 participants through their programs. Programming has always used parks as a platform for young people to develop skills to create change in communities and society through environmental and social justice.
The Golden Gate Bridge lit up at night.
Park E-Ventures Article
Fong Bing Wah, or Wallace B. Fong, was a San Franciscan and Chinese-American engineer with a unique link to the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge. He was also the grandfather of Katherine Toy, our Executive Vice President of Partnerships and Programs.
Park Ranger Lara Volski helps visitors.
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Park Ranger Lara Volski is relatively new to the National Park Service (NPS), but she’s already made a big impact for Marin Headlands visitors. Working at Point Bonita Lighthouse, the Nike Missile Site, and other locations, Ranger Lara talks about climate resilience and history in unique ways.
Migrating Whale Breaches Offshore of GGNRA
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“Why do living things move?” and “What is the importance of migration?” are a few of the essential questions that leaders recently dove into with participants in the Crissy Field Center’s Migratory Story program. In the most recent iteration of the program, the CFC team provided impactful online programs and...
YiOu Wang running through the parks
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Meet professional ultrarunner and high school teacher YiOu Wang, who enjoys our parks for mega-runs and hikes with students. With every step, she sees the effects of climate change and the chance to inspire young people toward action.
An image of a dirt walking trail with a view of a blue sky and the blue ocean.
Park E-Ventures Article
Why not take a walk in the parks? There's a lot to see out there.
Inside the New Industries Building on Alcatraz Island.
Park E-Ventures Article
Robert Lipscomb, a Black man from Cleveland, Ohio, grew up during the Great Depression and, after a traumatic and destabilizing childhood, eventually ended up in the Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary where he agitated for social change.