nature

Western Pond Turtle Release
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The western pond turtle hasn’t been observed in the Rodeo Valley Watershed since 1998. This year, the fourth year of a five-year reintroduction plan, biologists reintroduced 20 turtles to Rodeo Valley and 14 to Redwood Creek Watershed.
A monarch butterfly in nature.
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In times of great uncertainty, reconnecting to nature and grounding yourself in the outdoors can be a calming practice. Here are a couple of suggestions on how to get started.
A teacher connected with her students via video for their trout release.
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A teacher connecting with her students virtually. Young people comforting each other through poetry and photography. Even some hilarious 1-star Yelp reviews can help comfort us all during these times.
A volunteer uses plant shears to trim a bush along a trail
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Ever wonder why you feel calmer, more focused, and happier when you take a hike outside?
Some of the interesting geological formations seen from Lands End were once hills in a vast plain that extended 27 miles past the current California coastline.
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San Francisco’s most unique and interesting attribute might be the Bay Area’s geology.
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!”
Lands End overlook with views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Park E-Ventures Article
The wonderful idea of the newly unveiled San Francisco Crosstown Trail is to make one big link, from Candlestick Point to the Presidio and Lands End, so you can walk or bike from one end of the city all the way to the other.
Small blue butterfly with two rows of white-rimmed black dots on the underside of its wings, drinking from a flower
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A look at the painstaking work that goes into preserving habitat for the federally endangered Mission blue butterfly.
Box steps challenge hikers along the Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Gateways Article
Welcome to our new Hit the Trail feature! We’ll go in-depth on one of our park sites and get you ready to explore. First up: The western edge of the Presidio.
Three people stand on a hillside overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge
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Caring doesn’t happen everywhere; some jobs are a means to an end, or summer flings. They must have meaningfulness to create a sense of care in the worker.