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With spring freshly arrived, you’re probably busy planning your garden for the season. Well, in a sense, the park nurseries are doing the same thing—only we’re not planning for gardens, we’re planning for dozens of park restoration and stewardship sites. With help from our dedicated volunteers, the staff of the... more >>
I want to tell you about one of the last great places to see the Bay Area landscape as it might have looked a few months prior to European discovery in the fall of 1769: shortgrass prairies and coastal scrub, native habitats with very little disturbance.
Ironically, the ridge now known... more >>
After many years of planning, the Roving Ranger has finally come to fruition! With a flashy green and orange exterior, at first glance this vehicle may look like the common food truck. Don’t be fooled—this truck offers something much different than tacos.
The Roving Ranger is a mobile trailhead designed to... more >>
Last week, the Institute at the Golden Gate, in partnership with the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, brought together food service executives from across the nation to share best practices and address common challenges in expanding healthy and sustainable food service. This dynamic... more >>
With spring upon us, the parks need your helping hands and TLC! April is a month full of festivity and activity in the parks—Earth Day, National Volunteer Week, National Youth Service Day, and National Park Week—all back-to-back!
Last April over 2,000 volunteers from our extraordinary community—including over 50 civic, school and... more >>
Getting ready for its second year, Backyard Bound is a youth-led summit consisting of workshops, outdoor experiences, and discussions centered on connecting youth to their environment.
The Center’s Inspiring Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL) program takes the lead for this two day, overnight event held at the Rob Hill Campground in the... more >>
Grab your cameras and head for the coast—it’s sunset season in the parks! With Daylight Savings around the corner (March 10), soon we’ll have an extra hour to capture the sun setting at breathtaking coastal vistas.
Here are some must-visit locations in the parks—and a few tips—for any photo enthusiast during... more >>
“Harrier!” exclaimed my co-intern, Heather, pointing at a hawk skimming down the hillside.
I looked up as it passed, its long wings carrying it on an unwavering glide. I had no idea how to identify this raptor. “It has that patch of white at the base of its tail, just like... more >>
View images of each species at the bottom of this page.
If you’re like me, you choose to live in the beautiful Bay Area to avoid those long terrible winters that would require us to look at seed catalogs just to see some green. While the East is still buried under... more >>
Rancho Corral de Tierra is the newest piece of parkland to join the ever-growing list of sites in the Golden Gate National Parks, and we consider ourselves quite lucky to welcome this magnificent parcel into the fold.
We’re still learning... more >>