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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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An Anna's hummingbird.
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Take a minute to read a poem about a beautiful bird we see throughout our San Mateo park sites.
Volunteers at MLK Day of Service in 2018.
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The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy staff, interns, and volunteers look forward to participating in this day of service every year.
Lion’s Mane (Hericium erinaceus) spotted on Mt. Tamalpais.
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Come take a moment to lift up a log or peer closely at a fallen branch and you might be surprised at what you find. But what is that spongy-looking thing? And is that orange moss growing on that tree? Don’t worry, the Parks Conservancy has you covered in this...
Mary Lee at the 2018 Winter BioBlitz at Ocean Beach.
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This new feature will take the time to thank and highlight some of our regular volunteers who have enriched our parks and our lives.
Visitors to the Warming Hut at Crissy Field are seen in a file photo.
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Despite a lapse in federal appropriations (also called “government shutdown”) that began on Saturday, December 22, many park sites and visitor facilities in the Golden Gate National Parks remain open.
Park E-Ventures Article
The parks are fiercely visual, making it easy for photographers—both amateur and professional—to snap some truly awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping images. Out of thousands of photos taken this year in the Golden Gate National Parks, here are the 18 favorite photos from our staff photographers.
Parks Conservancy staff during a service day in the Marin Headlands in 2018.
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Pathways through the Golden Gate National Parks don’t always mean trails. For many staff members at the Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service (NPS), and the Presidio Trust, their paths to full-time employment started during internships or youth programs offered in our parks.
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Whether you’re an art lover or a volunteer with a penchant for planting, these (hopefully wet) winter activities will be sure to whet your appetite. Here’s the need-to-know lineup for January-March 2019.
Kid jumping against blue sky
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Resolve to be outdoors more this year. Even doctors are actually handing out "park prescriptions."
New trail maintenance, construction, and stewardship interns for the 2018-19 season.
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Please welcome our new trail maintenance, construction, and stewardship interns! They will be working hard to fight the cold and care for trails over the next 6-9 months.
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Whales are common recurring characters in the waters along Crissy Field, but in October 2018, one (artificial) leviathan made its landfall. The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Blue Whale art exhibit on Crissy Field challenges everyday visitors to examine their plastic consumption and the health of our oceans.
Insects spotted in the Golden Gate National Parks, from left, strigamia, Jerusalem cricket, devil's coach horse.
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Hello fellow park lovers! Make sure to keep an eye out for a few of these interesting insects found in our Golden Gate National Parks recently.