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 »
PARK Teachers Partner Essays
PARK Teachers at Golden Gate National Parks by Lynn Fonfa, MEd, Project Director, is written from the perspective of the NPS staff that designed and collaborated on PARK Teachers. She provides information primarily for National Park Service education specialists who may be interested in establishing a relationship with a local university or college with a teacher credential program.
Planning a Place-based Inquiry Experience for Teachers by Dr. Kathleen O’Sullivan, faculty partner, presents a blueprint that can be used by those who work as professional development providers—methods instructors for pre-service science teachers or individuals offering training for in-service teachers—to craft programs specific to their needs. She includes the rationale for using a place-based inquiry experience, the incorporation of inquiry, the group’s planning approach, and the logistics involved.
PARK Teachers Evaluation by Dr. Susan Schultz, external evaluator, details the assessment process and the results of the extensive evaluation of the PARK Teachers program. The evaluation consists of formative and summative components. The formative evaluation components include documenting the planning process, designing assessment instruments, and monitoring the implementation of the program by providing early and ongoing feedback to the project team. The summative evaluation focuses on assessing the program’s overall performance and effectiveness, as well as lessons learned. Qualitative and quantitative indicators, based on direct observation, surveys, and interviews, were used throughout the evaluation.
Did You Know?
The red dot on an adult gull’s lower mandible (beak) serves as a target for chicks to peck to inform their parent that they need feeding.