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National Park Service Ranger with Summer Campers
Park E-Ventures Article
Learn how an amazing young leader’s memory continues to inspire, see how Crissy Field Center’s environmental education programs continue to lead and innovate, and discover how our I-YEL interns are giving a powerful and compelling voice to their generation.
Cormorants nest in a large colony on Alcatraz
Park E-Ventures Article
Join Chris Briggs, research director of our Golden Gate Raptor Observatory, for a tour of the nesting birds on Alcatraz. In this essay, he points out some rookeries on the Rock—and shares the sad history of the turn-of-the-century feather craze.
Frank Dean
Park E-Ventures Article
After a National Park Service career of almost 40 years, Frank Dean is retiring. Learn about his enduring legacy at Golden Gate—and find out what’s next for Frank in his remarkable life of work on behalf of public lands.
Hawk Hill birdwatching
Park E-Ventures Article
What do you call two smiling raptor banders? A pair o’grins! Beaming faces were abundant on Hawk Hill during the fall 2014 migration season, which featured plenty of “celebrity” raptors, a loopy Redtail, a bald eagle flyby, and 300 intrepid Golden Gate Raptor Observatory volunteers.
art
Park E-Ventures Article
In 1806, Maria de la Concepcion and Nikolai Petrovich Rezanov fell in love at the Spanish Presidio of San Francisco—despite their differences in culture, language, and religion. And then, the only thing that stood between them and wedded bliss was the vast frozen expanse of Siberia.
bird watching
Park E-Ventures Article
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory turns 30 this fall. With the GGRO at a stage of maturity and reflection, Director Allen Fish tells the tale of the people who founded this pioneering citizen science program. Also, discover its many volunteer-driven accomplishments—and inventions!
Presidio Native Plant Nursery staff
Park E-Ventures Article
In 1997, there was no organized nursery program, restoration work was relatively small-scale, and greenhouses were made of pipes and plastic sheets. From that humble start, Betty Young led nursery staff and dedicated volunteers in growing over 2 million plants. On the eve of Betty’s retirement, hear her story.
Hawk watch
Park E-Ventures Article
Bay Area residents are mighty lucky to be surrounded by parklands and encounter wildlife in our own backyards. But, instead of spotting the occasional raptor, what if you could see all sorts of birds of prey? Here’s your rare chance to identify, count, and band raptors in the Marin Headlands.
Drought Tolerant Native Plant Gardening
Park E-Ventures Article
With our unusually dry winter, you might be wondering what you can do at home to help reduce water usage. Liz Ponzini (Manager of the Tennessee Valley Nursery) shares her expertise, and tips you can use in your own backyard!
California Wild Rose blooms on the Battery East Trail steps.
Park E-Ventures Article
A green lawn all year-long? Nowhere near as fascinating or entertaining as the transformation of native plants from one season to the next.
Crissy Field Center education
Park E-Ventures Article
In 2014 at the Crissy Field Center, a National Park Service-supported program will provide more opportunities for kids to visit Alcatraz, a new program will give youth-group leaders the tools they need to lead park trips, and Summer Camp will get in shape with a Fitness Consultant!
Tennessee Valley trail
Park E-Ventures Article
What’s the perfect dessert after a stomach-stretching Thanksgiving dinner? An exploration of some sweet trails in and around the Golden Gate National Parks, of course! Here are five hikes that will help your whole family work off that holiday meal.