Health Policy

Our Work
The Power of Park Prescriptions Building on a National Movement is a stock presentation that provides a history and overview of the National ParkRx Initiative.
Hikers near Muir Beach
Our Work
Park Prescription Program Toolkit is an interactive, step-by-step guide for agencies interested in starting their own Park Prescription program.
Health and Wellness
Park Prescription programs are designed to strengthen the connection between healthcare, parks, and public lands to improve the physical and mental health of individuals and communities.
ParkRx Census
Our Work
From the start, the Institute has promoted the health benefits of parks and nature, energizing a movement that continues to gain momentum as more evidence shows nature can improve health and well-being.
ParkRx Census
Our Work
The Institute at the Golden Gate is helping to advance the health and nature movement, focusing on the potential of the Park Prescription (ParkRx) model.
Environmental Justice Summit
Gateways Article
Opening season at Presidio Tunnel Tops was filled with joy, dancing, food, and celebration—in large part due to the work of the Presidio Activator Council . The Activator Council is made up of Bay Area leaders, activists, and artists representing our communities—many of whom have not historically felt welcomed in...
Paintings from I-YEL Group Art Project
When the pandemic began, youth program leaders and participants supported each other with ideas for communal and individual self-care including neighborhood clean-ups, meditation, journaling, examining family history and art.
Youth wellness collage
Gateways Article
During the summer months, the Crissy Field Center would normally be teeming with young people. While we’ve missed connecting and engaging in person, we’re meeting virtually and practicing wellness.
Outside Magazine

Health companies want to reward you for going outside. Spending time in nature is increasingly considered legitimate medicine, and doctors and insurance carriers are treating it as such. 

Healthy Parks Healthy People
April 7, 2011
National Park Service (NPS) Director Jon Jarvis today announced a major new service-wide Healthy Foods Strategy, to provide healthy food options to all national park visitors.