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

Mushroaming at the Presidio Coastal Bluffs
Sat, Feb 01 10:00am-12:30pm
Presidio Coastal Bluffs
The Park Stewardship team will lead easy-moderate walks to highlight some fascinating facts about the mushrooms we identify and time to enjoy the little things under the cypress and pine trees. Spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and a new appreciation for spring wildflowers in San Francisco are guaranteed!
Park Academy, Botany Series
Tue, Feb 04 9:00am-12:30pm
Presidio Native Plant Nursery
If it's been way too long since that high school biology class, come join Annette Russell (Presidio Senior Nursery Manager) to learn the basics of plant biology!
Riparian Restoration with Willows, Park Academy
Thu, Feb 06 8:30am-12:00pm
Presidio Building 1216
Brian Hildebidle (Presidio Trust; Supervisory Natural Resources Management Specialist) will lead this half-day field workshop on the different techniques involved in using willows for restoring riparian zones.
Seed Treatment & Germination Class
Thu, Feb 27 1:00pm-4:00pm
Kick off our nursery class series and delve into the interesting and delicate techniques used to treat our native seeds to start germination and our growing season! This class will be led by Liz Ponzini (Manager, Marin Headlands Nursery) and Robin Binaoro (Associate Manager, Presidio Nursery), Martine Glaros (Seed Collector/Nursery Assistant, Marin Headlands Nursery), and Desmond Murray (Seed Collection Ecologist, Presidio Nursery).
Growing for Restoration, Nursery Series, Park Academy
Fri, Mar 06 1:00pm-4:00pm
Fort Funston Native Plant Nursery and Volunteer Program
Our Nursery Series continues with a discussion with our pros on how to prepare for the growing season! This class is designed for our nursery and field interns, but anyone interested in how our Park nurseries operate is welcome!
Program Contact Information

Clara Wallace

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