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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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Roving Ranger
Park E-Ventures Article
The Roving Ranger--the mobile outreach truck for the Golden Gate National Parks--is turning five. Read on to look at the highlights since 2013.
Humpback Whale
Park E-Ventures Article
Thar she blows! Your coastal parklands are parallel to a marine passage for migrating humpback whales, gray whales, blue whales, orcas, and so many more leviathans. We talked to the experts about what you can do to enhance your chances of spotting a whale spout on your next visit.
Library Summer Stride Reading
Park E-Ventures Article
This summer, feed your sense of adventure at free and fun activities from the San Francisco Public Library, National Park Service, and Parks Conservancy—including the fourth edition of our StoryWalksⓇ series on Crissy Field, reading programs, ranger talks, park shuttles, and more.
Trail Mixer
Park E-Ventures Article
Summertime in San Francisco is about as warm as winter everywhere else! Escape the summer “brrrs” and cozy up with us at one (or all) of events and happenings taking place in the parks from June through August, 2018.
Baker beach youth
Park E-Ventures Article
A photo is the perfect keepsake from your adventure in the Golden Gate National Parks. Our staff photographers share their top tips for being a better shutterbug while out in your coastal parklands.
Soil mixing
Park E-Ventures Article
On a crisp morning in April, the Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust made in a 46-cubic yards of soil, enough to feed tens of thousands of native plants throughout the parks. The “recipe” and procedure behind this many-handed effort is a must-read for any dirt devotee.
Nursery volunteers
Park E-Ventures Article
To commemorate Volunteer Appreciation Day at Golden Gate, multimedia intern Lauren Gee made a video about why volunteers choose to donate their time in the parks. Lauren noticed one thing in common with everyone she interviewed: Undeniable joy as they opened up to her about their volunteer experiences.
Women’s Dipsea Hike
Park E-Ventures Article
One hundred years ago, a historic “hike” from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach marked a major breakthrough for women’s cross-country running. The Parks Conservancy and One Tam are proud to support a community commemoration of the Women’s Dipsea Hike on April 21, 2018.
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Myers and Briggs? Meet Swainson’s and Cooper’s! Match your personality type with your bird-of-prey doppelgänger—and then find out how you can potentially spot your feathered friend while volunteering for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory during the upcoming fall migration.
Park E-Ventures Article
Good times and chill vibes are blooming all across the Golden Gate National Parks, with fun volunteer activities, wildflower season, picnic days, and an epic park party for a great cause. Spring ahead and discover the scenic and sensational events in the next couple of months!
Brainstorming solutions to deferred maintenance in the parks
Park E-Ventures Article
On Feb. 10-11, 2018, technologists, business leaders and sustainability experts met with former National Park Service staff to brainstorm innovative ways that technology could address the park maintenance backlog and improve the experience of staff and visitors alike in our national parks.
Laura E. Joss, Superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Park E-Ventures Article
Since she started work as the new superintendent at Golden Gate in November, Laura Joss has been busy getting to know the 80,000 acres of these parks. In an exclusive interview with Park Eventures, Laura talks about her favorite national park sites—and the mission that inspires her.