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 »
Checking for Understanding and Assessment
For many years, we have asked ourselves, “How can we combine the best educational techniques and methodologies from the formal and informal education communities with the powerful science content of the National Parks?”
This section highlights the design and results of the PARK Teachers’ evaluation that substantiates the fundamental contributions park-based programs make in fulfilling the National Park Service’s mission, and, importantly, in enhancing the educational experience of young people and enriching teaching strategies for educators.
The article, PARK Teachers Evaluation, traces the project through the formation of the partnership, design of the inquiry program components, strategies for assessment, and transfer to the classroom. A shorter version can be found in Executive Report: Evaluation Findings.
Three tutorial powerpoint presentations provide guidance for NPS and other informal educators who wish to follow the model of integrating assessment into program design. Each presentation walks you through the essential stages of development for an effective evaluation plan with the goal of helping your team design, implement, and evaluate a program at your park:
Part 2: Goals and Types of Evaluation
Did You Know?
The trail to Point Bonita lighthouse is the location of what is likely the earliest detailed geologic map in the state, completed by F. Leslie Ransome in 1893.