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 »
Inquiry With A Ranger
Sensible Habitats takes K-1 nature detectives on an intriguing investigation near the Golden Gate to uncover the rich diversity of human, plant, and animal life.
Petal Pushers brings 3rd grade knee-high naturalists to the Presidio Native Plant Nursery for an A-Z indigenous plant adventure.
Into the Redwood Forest immerses 3rd and 4th grade clue-seeking scientists in the wonders of Muir Woods, from the very small to the very tall.
Point of Inquiry transports 4th grade history sleuths to Gold Rush Fort Point to discover and imagine another time and place.
Alcatraz Uncovered initiates 5th grade archeologists into the mysteries of time as they uncover layers of human history on the island.
Investigate on your Own
Rings, Ripples, & Echoes guides K-5 species spotters on a magical journey through Muir Woods and other natural communities along the Redwood Creek Watershed.
Artillery, Bricks & Co. sends 3rd through 5th grade crafty time travelers in search of everyday life in a Civil War Era fort.
Did You Know?
Alcatraz Island is the site of a large colony of Western Gulls (Larus occidentalis), the gull species that inhabits the Oregon and California coast. Individuals mate for life and come together each year on Alcatraz to defend their historic territory and raise three chicks.