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Jute fabric stabilizes soil
Park E-Ventures Article
As you stand in the new parking lot at Muir Beach, you may notice the expanse of tan fabric covering the restored floodplain. What is this strange, straw-looking material? The simple answer is jute fabric—but what exactly is it?
Crissy Field views
Park E-Ventures Article
Crissy Field—San Francisco’s beloved front yard and one of the Conservancy’s signature projects—continues to evolve as a visitor destination. As we assess its uses and evaluate maintenance needs, we’d love to hear your ideas on improving this shoreline park.
MLK Day of Service at Stinson beach
Park E-Ventures Article
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’” On MLK Day of Service in 2014, we hope you’ll be volunteering in our Golden Gate National Parks.
Rodeo Beach, Rodeo Lagoon
Park E-Ventures Article
Once a dairy farm, later an Army parade ground, and now an overflow parking area, the “surfer’s lot” at Rodeo Beach is being transformed. Learn more about the project, and some of the plants—grown by the Marin Headlands Nursery—that will help restore wildlife habitat.
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.
GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE WATCH
Park E-Ventures Article
Why get up at darkness-o’clock to battle mall zombies during the holidays? At www.parksconservancy.org/store , you can shop in comfort and joy from your cozy couch. Get started with our 2013 Gift Guide—featuring a hand-picked selection of this season’s must-haves—and find something for all the park lovers on your list!
Mission blue butterfly (Icaricia icariodes missionensis)
Park E-Ventures Article
This winter the Golden Gate National Parks will be planting over a thousand lupines, the host plant of the endangered mission blue butterfly. As we prepare for this restoration work, a Park Stewardship manager reflects on the big lessons he’s learned from this little butterfly.
Park E-Ventures Article
Rob Hill in the Presidio is the only overnight campground in San Francisco—and it takes a special leader to bring groups camping there. In this new video, learn about Camping at the Presidio (CAP) Trained Leaders—and their two-day training course.
Muir Woods hikers
Park E-Ventures Article
On November 6–9, 2013, the Institute at the Golden Gate hosted over 140 educators, rangers, experts, and innovators at Fort Baker to brainstorm ideas on leveraging parks as places for climate-change education. Read on to learn what they discussed.
Google Trekker Backpack
Park E-Ventures Article
We sent our somewhat-slothy reporter out on a steep, clifftop trail with a 40-pound Google Trekker. Read on to discover how he felt—and what he learned—while volunteering for this pioneering effort to capture “Street View”-like images of all our park trails.
Dragonfly
Park E-Ventures Article
At the GGRO, we specialize in migrations. Generally we’re talking about the raptor migration through the Marin Headlands each fall, the largest in the Pacific states. But over the past few weeks, we have noticed another sizable migration—of dragonflies.
Muir Woods Historic Redwoods
Park E-Ventures Article
Thousands of people from all corners of the world experience the magic of Muir Woods every year. But who are the people who influenced the creation and establishment of this national monument? And how are they honored in the redwoods today?