Park Academy Classes

Learn and grow with your national parks!


Park Academy Dune Ecology hike at Baker Beach

Park Academy provides professional career preparation for park interns, professional development opportunities for park staff, and personal enrichment for volunteers by providing ongoing learning opportunities. Parks Conservancy members are also invited and encouraged to register for classes of interest.

Classes are scheduled all year round and taught primarily by our knowledgable park staff. A wide array of topics are covered, from how to identify and propagate native plants to how to identify hawks in flight—there is something for everybody in our suite of classes. Hope you can join us soon!

Please note: Park Academy classes are meant as a special perk for volunteers, members, and employees. If you do not work for the Golden Gate National Parks, are not a member, or have not volunteered with us in the past year, a donation is encouraged. Volunteer or become a member today!

Take a look at the classes we have coming up:

Park Academy Classes

Nature Journal Club, Watercolor Pencils for Botanical Painting
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Tue, Jul 09 12:30pm-2:00pm
Presidio Building 989
Join the Nature Journal Club for a 1.5 hour workshop on an important fundamental skill in building your field sketching skills! June's workshop will be taught by Claudia Stevens and will focus on using watercolor pencils in creating botanical paintings.
Shot of Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field Area
Fri, Jul 12 9:30am-11:30am
Presidio Building 989
Led by Doc Miles, a professional photographer and one of our talented park volunteer photographers, this class will help you get the most out of your phone camera (specifically iPhone camera).
Sat, Jul 13 1:00pm-4:00pm
Marin Municipal Water District Office
During this event, we will teach you about the Wildlife Picture Index (WPI) and you will participate in the cataloging and identification of wildlife.
Introduction to Seed Collection and Cleaning, Park Academy
Fri, Jul 19 1:00pm-4:00pm
Presidio Native Plant Nursery
Come and get hands-on with our precious native seeds! Robin Binaoro (Associate Manager, Presidio Nursery) and Stacy Jacobsen (Seed Collection Program Manager) will be discussing the fundamentals of seed collection and cleaning!
Program Contact Information

Clara Wallace

Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
Phone: (415)426-5106
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