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Bumble Bee (Bombus sp.) in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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It seems we see bees buzzing around just about any plant, but what are their favorite flowers? Bees love native California flora!
San Mateo Park Stewardship intern Samuel Peña.
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I’ve made countless memories over this internship, but there are definitely some moments that stick out in my mind a little more than others.
Park Stewardship San Mateo intern Laurasia Holzman Smith.
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These parks, including Rancho Corral de Tierra, have shown me what it means to be resilient and persevere in the face of challenges and change.
Colorful dyed fabric.
Marin Parks Stewardship Newsletter Article
Let’s gather inspiration and delve into the cross-pollination of creativity and restoration!
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory intern Kirsti Carr.
Park E-Ventures Article
After a few minutes of listing bird qualities, Kirsti Carr stops herself and laughs. “I love everything about birds,” she admits. “They’re just weird!”
Man plays piano while at Fort Point National Historic Site
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Pianos + Fort Point = A weekend of music under the Golden Gate Bridge! See our favorite Instagram photos of the pop-up performances from visitors like you.
From left, Middle School Summer Programs Instructors Imari Keith, Aiden Koontz, Kathleen Wong, Olive Tambou, Dion Chung, and Nhi Nguyen. The six youth leaders from summer 2019 were all past participants in Crissy Field Center programs.
Gateways Article
All six Middle School Programs Instructors this summer were past participants in Crissy Field Center programs, so inspired by their own experiences that they wanted to mentor a new generation of park lovers.
A banded juvenile Red-tailed Hawk takes flight after release.
Park E-Ventures Article
As the chilly summer fog peels off the San Francisco Bay Area, grab your layers and get outside with the Parks Conservancy for these can’t-miss happenings from September through December.
Raven Chacon, together with Bay Area guitar-percussion duo, The Living Earth Show.
Park E-Ventures Article
This fall, thanks to our Art in the Parks program in partnership with the National Park Service, the Golden Gate National Parks become an art gallery and performance space with something for everyone to enjoy.
tagged Turkey Vulture
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I have always loved Turkey Vultures. It all started when I met Toulouse, the Turkey Vulture, when I was a volunteer at the Animal Resource Center at the San Francisco Zoo. As a GGRO Intern in 2008, I watched the Turkey Vultures do their wobbly, effortless soaring around Hawk Hill...
volunteers restore natural habitat using tools
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You have seen it, you have likely walked by it countless times, but what really is ice plant and what are its effects on our parks?
fog drifts through a coastal forest
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Fog is a staple of San Francisco and its surrounding neighborhoods, especially in the summer. How do the natural ecosystems of the area take advantage of this mysterious mist?