Are you ready to explore the natural world around you? It’s summer in the city and that means it’s time for Summer Stride, a partnership of the San Francisco Public Library, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Presidio Trust, and National Park Service that helps you have reading adventures in the national parks in the Bay Area's backyard.
Enjoy the magic of the outdoors on StoryWalks in the parks and discover the sights, sounds and history of our local national parks through special events. See all Summer Stride events on the San Francisco Public Library website.
Find one of our StoryWalks in the parks, and you'll be able to hike and read on a trail at the same time. Click here for more information on this year’s StoryWalks. Follow the trail in three locations in your local national parks and read along with Alison Farrell’s The Hike and Lizi Boyd’s I Wrote You a Note.
Shuttle trips from libraries to the parks
In 2022, we returned to providing in-person park events as part of Summer Stride. These include shuttle trips from different library branches to park sites, and often involve special ranger talks or other fun events. There were eight trips planned in total, including a trip to the new Presidio Tunnel Tops. Check the San Francisco Public Library event listings for more information on how to sign up for these special experiences.
Be sure to follow our social channels below to get the latest from our parks:
- Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
- San Francisco Public Library: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook
- Golden Gate National Park Service: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
- Presidio Trust: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter
Nature Boost Fridays
Started in 2020, Nature Boost Fridays are a fun way to connect to the parks virtually. You can meet national park rangers and experts, learn more about local plants and animals, and much more. Check out some of our past Nature Boost Friday events below, and check San Francisco Public Library's YouTube channel for upcoming events.
- Smorey Storytime Virtual Campfire
- Coexisting with Coyotes in the Presidio
- Protect and Serve - The Military and the Bay Area’s LGBTQ Community
- The Power of Place through an Indigenous Lens
- Spanning the Golden Gate
- Park Postcards Podcast – Audio adventures to your local National Park
- Recreate Responsibly in the GGNRA
- Wildlife Restoration in the Presidio
- Secret Reading Spots in the Presidio
- Tour the Presidio Native Plant Nursery
Virtual fun for all
See what’s happening around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with live webcams in San Francisco, Marin County and the South Bay.
Explore the Virtual Golden Gate and enjoy the sights and sounds of the GGNRA.
Click here to download the interactive NPS Golden Gate app.
Take a Google Street View virtual tour of the Golden Gate National Parks.