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Park volunteers watch a small black bird walk along a pathway
Article
Every week we work to restore native plant habitat, but our work goes beyond just the plant communities in our parks. It’s been fascinating to see the influence our work can have on wildlife and the ecosystem around us.
Close up of red moth, the buckwheat root borer, crawling in the grass.
Article
When an unsuspecting Presidio Trust intern uploaded an observation of a vibrant red moth to online naturalist community iNaturalist in 2017, she had no idea it was the first known observation of the species in the Presidio in over a century. The last record that it was ever here was...
Woman takes photo of Future IDs display in the New Industries Building on Alcatraz.
Park E-Ventures Article
When you visit Alcatraz’s concrete cellhouse, it’s impossible to escape the bleakness of incarceration and the lasting effects of life behind bars. Presented in partnership with the Art in the Parks program of the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and Headlands Center for the Arts, the Future...
A group of NPS rangers rally together during the Junior Ranger Jamboree in 2016.
Gateways Article
As iconic as the National Park Service (NPS) arrowhead emblem, the subtly steepled hat worn by NPS rangers is a symbol of America’s national parklands.
Trail Crew volunteers help install fence posts at Baker Beach.
Article
May was a month of changes at the trail shop, and new experiences for volunteers.
Coho salmon release
Article
The numbers are in, and things are looking good!
Small blue butterfly with two rows of white-rimmed black dots on the underside of its wings, drinking from a flower
Article
A look at the painstaking work that goes into preserving habitat for the federally endangered Mission blue butterfly.
Clarkia rubicunda, also known as Farewell to Spring.
Article
While this is an exciting change that many look forward to, it is nature's way of telling us that the season of spring is coming to a close.
From left, San Mateo Park Stewardship intern Laurasia Holzman Smith, Community Programs Manager Georgia Vasey, and intern Samuel Peña.
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I’ve been grateful to mentor and supervise two unique interns each year who bring such a diverse array of skills, knowledge, and passions. What I’ve learned is invaluable.
Waving with pride
Article
In honor of Pride month in June, let’s emphasize and celebrate the importance of healthy people and healthy ecosystems! When we cannot be ourselves, we are not in our healthiest state. The same goes for ecosystems.
Volunteer working with soil in the Golden Gate National Parks.
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Most people don't think about the status of soils on a regular basis, nor do they think of the soils beneath our feet as a collection of living organisms. But they are.
Pole surrounded by a knitted American flag at Fort Point National Historic Site
Article
Standing at Fort Point, surrounded by these totems, was a reminder of our weekly community volunteer programs where we are hoping to create a space to honor native people, and all the migrant cultures that represent the Bay Area.