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Oak forests on Mount Tamalpais.
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How can we brace forest ecosystems against rising temperatures, deadly pathogens, and voracious wildfires? At One Tam’s latest Science Summit, scientists and community members gathered to exchange knowledge and brainstorm solutions.
A view of the Pacific Ocean from the Presidio bluffs.
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The scene reminded me of something you might see in a movie, so I took a few paces back and took some time to silently admire the sound of the waves crashing below and the smell of salt in the air.
New ParksConservancy.org
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We've climbed the mountain, and after months of hard work, we're excited to present our new website. This site is all about connecting you to our Golden Gate National Parks, from robust park pages to new calendar listings , trail data , and more. There's lots of new stuff to explore.
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Our top 10 park pickup lines are *not* guaranteed to help you land a Valentine’s Day date.
Hiking with dog
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Looking for a prime spot to take your pup? Check out our top picks for Rex-reation!
Before-and-after images crissy field
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Remember when Crissy Field was a barren parking lot with tumbleweeds rolling through? Interactive sliders show just how much it’s changed for the better, as we look to the future with Crissy Field Next. Play around with the before and after images to see the change.
High schoolers from around the Bay Area participated in the LINC outdoor leadership program in summer 2018.
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These 40 high schoolers spent the summer in the Golden Gate National Parks through our intensive LINC youth leadership program. Here, in their own words, is their adventure.
It's been almost 20 years since Crissy Field was transformed into the beloved parklands we know today. Now, we look to what's next.
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Almost 20 years ago, Crissy Field underwent a major transformation from parking lot to beloved park. Today, parts of the park are in need of repair and rehabilitation, while other areas hold potential not yet realized. Help its future take flight by participating in the Crissy Field Next project!
Former Alcatraz guard Jim Albright speaks at the final Alcatraz reunion on August 12, 2018.
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Several former guards and other Alcatraz residents embodied the living history of the island at the last formal reunion of the Alcatraz Alumni Association. But the stories of Alcatraz residents will still be told.
Crissy Field Naturalization Ceremony
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In a special ceremony at Crissy Field, 32 young people were honored as new U.S. citizens and the next generation of public lands and public library users. They heard from author Dave Eggers, who said “this country’s greatness depends on you."
Ocean Beach at sunset
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Be among the first to own the newest iconic Golden Gate National Parks image, as Ocean Beach gets the Michael Schwab design treatment. The image is the 21st in the series, and highlights the serene waves and coastal colors of the popular spot.
Golden Gate Bridge with Fort Point Beer from Trail Mixer
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Radhaus, the sparkling Fort Mason beer hall, isn't the only spot in the Golden Gate National Parks to grab a beer and soak in the bridge view. Check out some of our picks for the best spots to enjoy the happiest of hours in our parks.