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Acorns
Park E-Ventures Article
Along with preparing plants for the busy winter planting season, nursery staff members are also keeping their eyes peeled for a signature seed of the season: acorns! Vital to our restoration efforts in the parks, they’re also important to the indigenous Ohlone tribes of the area.
Red-tailed Hawk
Park E-Ventures Article
As a nature lover hiking through the Marin Headlands, you might be able to quickly identify a couple of raptors flying overhead. At first glance, you also might discern their relative sizes. But what does that tell you about the sex of the raptors?
Interior of Sutro Baths, circa 1900
Park E-Ventures Article
Every summer, Park Stewardship welcomes youth interns who help organize and energize volunteer and visitor programs. They also researched and wrote about the parks’ history and resources. Read on for a fresh look at the history of Sutro Heights.
hiking at Muir Woods
Park E-Ventures Article
Through a national convening in early October, the Institute at the Golden Gate took a big step in establishing “park prescriptions”—a cross-sector effort to give health providers the tools they need to prescribe time outdoors to improve patients’ overall health.
Park E-Ventures Article
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. Here in the Golden Gate National Parks, Crissy Field Center provides programs for young people struggling with homelessness. Through these experiences, children and youth get much more than just a walk in the park.
Intern Planting in the Presidio
Park E-Ventures Article
The federal government shutdown also shuttered our park volunteer programs. Learn how many hours of stewardship we unfortunately lost—and how you can now help us get back on track, with a big planting season just around the corner!
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Park E-Ventures Article
Have you been met by chain-link fences while wandering the trails that lead to the Golden Gate Bridge? Curious about what is happening behind the fence? Discover how the Presidio Bluffs remediation project aims to create a healthier ecosystem.
Tule Elk
Park E-Ventures Article
The Golden Gate National Parks have been selected for the next BioBlitz, an opportunity for the public to participate in documenting the parks’ amazing biodiversity. Mark your calendars for two days of fun, exploration, and science on March 28–29, 2014!
a small group of high school students learn to use environmental testing tools with an educator from the Crissy Field Center
Park E-Ventures Article
Crissy Field Center often works with schools and individual students—but did you know that we also work with community organizations? Our Community Group Programs lead programs and trainings throughout the year, all over the park. Learn how you can get involved!
GSM transmitters at GGRO
Park E-Ventures Article
In addition to our annual hawkwatch, banding, and radiotelemetry programs, the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory has launched several new research projects to further understand raptor movements and health. Read on to discover how you can help!
Alcatraz, youth, education
Park E-Ventures Article
Do parks have a role in educating us about the local impacts of climate change? Would you listen? This November, the Institute at the Golden Gate’s will convene Parks: The New Climate Classroom to contribute to the growing movement for meaningful, practical, and local climate change education and communication in...
Mountain Lake Park
Park E-Ventures Article
You may have heard about the incredible restoration effort going on at Mountain Lake in the Presidio, but did you know that this project also entails learning about and growing mysterious (and slightly stinky) submerged aquatic plants? Plunge in for a soggy adventure.