Temporary Closure of Waters Around Alcatraz Island
From 7/3 to 9/22 a 500’ marine buffer zone is in effect, closing the perimeter of Alcatraz Island to all private vessels to protect nesting seabirds during America's Cup racing. Tours to Alcatraz continue as usual during the races. More »
Muir Beach (but not nearby Muir Woods) closed July 8-November 2013, but local businesses are open
Though Muir Beach is closed from July 8-November 2013 due to construction, the PELICAN INN IS OPEN. Restrooms and parking are not available at Muir Beach. Pacific Way is closed except to residents. Check back for updates or call (415)561-3054. More »
CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Teachers new to Petal Pushers must attend the Teacher Workshop on January 25, 2014.
Please see link at bottom of the page for the Petal Pushers introductory video.
Petal Pushers brings your knee-high naturalists to the Presidio Native Plant Nursery for an A-Z indigenous plant adventure. Through individual and group work, students engage in scientific inquiry and prediction as they explain how plants adapt for survival. At the nursery, students investigate and pose information questions and questions for deeper meaning as they construct their own understanding of adaptation and life cycles of plants. A fun and effective interdisciplinary approach to connect your class to nature and ecology!
Petal Pushers uses the Understanding by Design framework, and aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core Standards. Please click here for the Petal Pushers Understanding by Design grid.
Classroom preparation – lessons delivered by the teacher with resources provided by the park
Classroom assessment - opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned through writing stories or illustrated poems based on evidence gleaned during the program
Did You Know?
Serpentine soils are home to many rare and endangered plants because they lack nutrients and contain metals toxic to plants--conditions that have led to special adaptations in the plants that can survive on them.