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For Teachers

Dissonant Voices: Reclaiming Lost Narratives in American History

July 29-July 31, 2014

Click here for a full description of Dissonant Voices.

To download application, please click here.

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Join us for our 5th Teacher Institute on Historic Inquiry and Place-based learning. We will visit sites in Golden Gate and San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park to consider - “What’s at stake when we teach untaught histories?” From the Presidio to the harbor, we will tackle topics such as acts of conscience during war, gender and historic invisibility, race and citizenship, and labor and ethnic identity.

This workshop offers you a practical approach in using historic and community resources to provoke students to pose meaningful questions, apply critical thinking skills, and build their own historic interpretations.

Enjoy spectacular national park lands during three days of dynamic exchange about the national narrative from a local perspective.

Graphic of sailors saluting a ship at sea.
Please Note: We are ONLY accepting applications for 2014 Rings, Ripples, & Echoes and Artillery, Bricks & Company education programs! ALL other programs are FULL.
To apply for a program, please complete the Program Request Form.
View Plan A Field Trip for program details.
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Parks as Classrooms Programs

PARKS AS CLASSROOMS programs in Golden Gate National Parks - set in indigenous habitats and historic landmarks, ancient redwood groves and dramatic coastal preserve - actively engage students in inquiry learning about and caring for national parks and their own communities. Designed by park staff, classroom teachers, students, and leaders of community organizations, park education programs encourage student achievement through innovative pedagogy and authentic experiences in the park. The goals and principles of the K-12 program confirm Golden Gate's commitment to inclusive and relevant inquiry-based learning linked to school curricula.

To view or download our education program brochure, click here.

All Parks as Classrooms programs are free.


Exciting New Online Learning Tool

Your students journey into the ancient redwood forest to uncover how living things make their home and survive in this very special habitat. In this virtual adventure, students experience the sights and sounds of one of the world's most iconic environments while learning about habitats, species competition, interdependence, and adaptations. A fun and challenging way to introduce redwood ecology or conclude a unit by checking for understanding.


Crissy Field Center- An Urban Center for Environmental Education

Crissy Field Center, located on the Presidio of San Francisco, is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. The Center offers multicultural programs that actively engage us with our environments and promote collaborations in building a more sustainable and environmentally just society.

· Crissy Field Center programs require a $75 lab fee.

· Scholarships for programs and transportation are available.


Did You Know?

Granite block at Crissy Field

Some granite on the beaches of San Francisco arrived here from China as ballast in ships during the Gold Rush.