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Volunteers and interns with the San Mateo Park Stewardship team.
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Selin Ozguzer has been volunteering with Park Stewardship in San Mateo for nine years. Selin is a graphic/web designer by profession and spends most of the day behind a computer. Volunteering with the parks offers Selin a consistent chance to be “outside, relaxed, digging in the dirt and getting a...
California poppies seen in the Golden Gate National Parks.
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Spring brings so much life and joy into our parks, but did you know you had a special connection to a particular wildflower species based on your sign? Find out which flower is your special match!
A red-and-white fly agaric mushroom at Point Reyes.
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As I began exploring more of the area in my free time, I was delighted to find there were many more species of mushrooms than I had never seen before. While on a hike with a friend in Point Reyes, we noticed a beautiful fly agaric mushroom trail side.
California poppies seen in the Marin Headlands.
Gateways Article
Although the wildflowers are numerous and diverse in a super bloom, there are still reasons to not step on or pick your local wildflowers. (As a reminder, it is illegal to pick or collect plants in national forests, parks, and monuments without a permit!)
Park E-Ventures Article
A new season means a new menu of events and happenings for those seeking adventure—and a good time—in the Golden Gate National Parks. See what’s in store from April to June 2019.
Redwood Fog Globe
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Celebrate California's redwood forests with our new fog globe, winner of the 2019 Public Lands Alliance Innovative Product of the Year Award.
Hanging out at Muir Beach.
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Find a new park or activity, and check out what our youth leaders are doing for spring break in San Francisco, the Bay Area, and beyond.
San Francisco Park Stewardship Intern Jonathan Howell
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For the last few months you’ve been hearing from either Yakuta, Gabriel, or Jainita, but this month our team got bigger! Please welcome Jonathan Howell: A motorcycle-riding, mountain-climbing parks lover you’ll want to meet.
A great horned owl.
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By Jainita Patel San Francisco Park Stewardship Intern It’s March and you know what that means—bird season! Soon, Lands End will be covered in passing migratory birds of all colors, shapes, and sizes. However, one particular bird caught my eye last month and it wasn’t a migratory bird—and it wasn’t...
Getting to work at Love Your Parks Day at Lands End in February 2019.
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By Elizabeth Aldenderfer Park Stewardship Trails Program Intern Recently, park stewardship teams joined forces to host a day all about appreciation and care for Love Your Parks Day in the Golden Gate National Parks! Nearly 40 people within the community showed up at Lands End eager to learn, love, and...
Women's Trail Day volunteers at a past event in the Golden Gate National Parks.
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What is it about an all-women, volunteer workday that makes us feel important, of value, and special? In the #MeToo movement era, women are committed to making a space for ourselves and to come together as a community.
Yerba buena (Clinopodium douglasii) plants.
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Have you ever wondered if the various plant and mushroom species you find when exploring San Mateo park sites are edible? You can’t take these with you, but you can get some ideas for your own garden and your next recipe!