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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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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.
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.
Presidio Native Plant Nursery staff
Park E-Ventures Article
A new year brings a new start for an extraordinary plant once thought to be extinct. Learn how our Presidio Native Plant Nursery is helping to re-establish the Franciscan manzanita—and its close relative the Raven’s manzanita—in your national park.
MLK Day of Service
Park E-Ventures Article
Critters might crawl into a hole and hibernate through the winter, but that’s no reason for you to do the same! Learn about some fun activities that you and your family can enjoy in the coming days and weeks…it’s our “hot list” for the cold months!
A fireman walks away from a controlled burn.
Park E-Ventures Article
In October, the terrible wildfires in the North Bay reminded us of the destructive power of fire. But can that power actually be harnessed for the benefit of nature and landscapes? Learn more from Greg Jones, the Fire Engine Chief at Golden Gate.
Presidio Visitor Center
Park E-Ventures Article
Light up your loved one’s eyes, while you enliven your parks—by supporting the Conservancy’s education and conservation programs. Here’s a holiday-season primer on our park stores—and some specially selected gifts—that will delight AND make a difference!
Hawk Hill
Park E-Ventures Article
Here’s a holiday gift from the park trail crew that truly everyone will enjoy: a newly finished, accessible trail segment that offers some of the most breathtaking vistas in the Bay Area—of the Golden Gate, Pacific Ocean, and Marin Headlands.
bat monitoring
Park E-Ventures Article
Bats are much more than a spooky and superhero symbol: They’re a seldom-studied species that are important to the overall health of an ecosystem. In Marin County, researchers have recently started studying populations and colonies of the these nocturnal, winged animal.
Waves crash before the Golden Gate Bridge
Park E-Ventures Article
After the successful workshop in late September focusing on ocean acidification, Maria Eller, a Climate Education Fellow at the Institute at the Golden Gate, shares the top factoids (pHactoids?) and what you can do, as an individual and a community member, to curb its rise. You almost might learn a...