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Highlighting the people, engaging programs and beautiful places that make the Golden Gate National Parks special. Can't get enough? Sign up for our monthly E-ventures newsletter, and become a member today to receive our gorgeous Gateways newsletter quarterly. More about our publications here

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Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
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Do you know the wonders of the willow? A native plant of the Bay Area, the willow has cultural and medicinal significance.
A trail cuts through tall grasses in a green field overlooking rolling hills in Rancho Corral de Tierra
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Only about 1 percent of original grasslands remain in most of California. Read about what caused the decline of grassland habitat throughout much of the state, as well as efforts by the Parks Conservancy and volunteers to help maintain and restore habitat for our endangered and threatened species.
Attendees form a circle during an event
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The indigenous Ohlone people were the first to live, steward, and walk in the coastal hills and scrubland of San Mateo County and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Read about the legacy of their stewardship and the evolving relationship between indigenous people and the parks.
Boardwalk trail along Redwood Creek through Muir Woods
Park E-Ventures Article
Here is a list of our top accessible trails you can enjoy on your next visit to the Bay Area or if you’re a local, on your next weekend.
Researcher wearing white gloves holds a bat delicately in hands
Park E-Ventures Article
The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome, a plague-like disease decimating species of hibernating bats in North America, has been found in California.
Lands End overlook with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Park E-Ventures Article
The wonderful idea of the newly unveiled San Francisco Crosstown Trail is to make one big link, from Candlestick Point to the Presidio and Lands End, so you can walk or bike from one end of the city all the way to the other.
A group of interns pose together outside of a building while smiling at the camera
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It’s time to meet the new trail interns! Get to know the fresh faces.
A group of volunteers joyfully pose after working outside on a trail
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June 1 marked the 27th annual National Trails Day! The Parks Conservancy and our partners celebrated by hosting trail maintenance projects with community members like you.
A bobcat sits in a field of tall grasses with yellow flowers
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Milagra Ridge is considered a habitat island because it’s surrounded by development on all sides. A wildlife corridor could help provide species inhabiting Milagra Ridge with a safe way to connect and migrate to other parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), as well as other open spaces...
A person holds a snake with a bright teal underside, red and black stripes, and red head
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The endangered San Francisco garter snake is considered the most beautiful snake in North America. Found only in San Mateo County, the snake depends on habitat within our parks.
Large purple plants adorn the foreground of a sweeping view of military barracks on a large grassy field
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One of our work sites, Wolfback Ridge, has a stunning view of the bay and of Fort Baker. Our Summer Youth Intern, Can “John” Gökce, was curious about the history of Fort Baker and how it eventually became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
A purple and white flower grows from the soil
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We pull them, we bag them, but how much do we know about the introduced species that live in our park sites? Fascinating facts and more about why we need to pull these species from our parks.