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 »
Nuclear Reactions: Atomic Diplomacy at the Marin Headlands
Teachers new to Nuclear Reactions must attend the Teacher Workshop on February 8, 2014.
Please see link at bottom of page for Nuclear Reactions introductory video.
Nuclear Reactions: Atomic Diplomacy at the Marin Headlands provides a dynamic supplement to your unit on the Cold War. Students are introduced to the Nike missile site that operated in the Marin Headlands during the 1950s until 1974. The missile site, located near a major urban area, offers students the opportunity to consider the national significance and impact of the Cold War from a local perspective: its definition of security, the technology it spawned, the role of diplomacy, and public perceptions of the era. Students also can conduct research into primary and secondary sources that continue the story of nuclear technology in our political and economic world of today.
Nuclear Reactions uses the Understanding by Design framework, incorporates Common Core Standards and Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies.
Nuclear Reactions is framed by the Essential Question – "How do we protect both our borders and our ideals?" Students also consider the following questions:
What is my definition of national security?
What is my definition of public health?
Do my answers to these questions contain contradictions?
Nuclear Reactions in structured in three parts:· Classroom preparation – lessons delivered by the teacher with resources provided by the park addressing the implications of the Cold War using articles and historic photographs
· Field session – the Nike site experience in which students conduct an inquiry investigation
· Classroom assessment – opportunities for students to demonstrate what they have learned through essays and debate
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.