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 Events

Park Academy, Botany Series
Fri, Apr 19 12:00pm-4:30pm
Taught by the skilled Naomi LeBeau (Park Stewardship Restoration Specialist) and Christina Crooker (Park Stewardship Restoration Manager) this class will provide an introduction to the botanical terms commonly used in identifying plants with a taxonomic key.
Stewardship Program Spring Wildflower Walks, Park Academy
Sat, Apr 20 10:00am-12:30pm
Presidio Coastal Bluffs
The Park Stewardship team will lead a leisurely walk along the trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses and biology of the flowers. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed!
Soil Health Series, Park Academy
Tue, Apr 23 8:00am-1:00pm
Alcatraz Gardens
Join the very knowledgeable Stephen Andrews (UC Berkeley Professor, specializing in soils) for this next class in his soil series and learn how to build a successful and thriving compost!
Tue, Apr 23 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.
Why and How We Control Invasives in the Park Workshop
Thu, Apr 25 1:00pm-4:00pm
Marin County
Join Chrissy Sullivan (Natural Resource Specialist, Tennessee Valley), for this informative and interesting class on something we should all be aware of: the threats posed to the parks by invasive plants. Class will start with a presentation, followed by a hands-on component in the field!
Program Contact Information

Clara Wallace

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