• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking towards San Francisco at sunrise.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

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  • Tunnel Closure

    The Barry/Baker tunnel on Bunker Road will be closed for maintenance during the weeks of 6/2 and 6/9. The tunnel will be open on the weekends. Please use Conzelman Road instead. More »

  • Muir Beach Overlook closure

    The Muir Beach Overlook will be closed for Accessibility improvements and trail upgrades from June 2 through July 21. Alternate viewpoints are available along Highway 1 between there and Stinson Beach.

Plan A Field Trip

Parks As Classrooms uses the Understanding by Design framework, and incorporates California Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Standards for Literacy in History/Social Studies.

Our inquiry-based park programs can be timed to introduce concepts, reinforce understanding, or stimulate culminating projects within a teaching unit. Programs are structured in three parts: classroom preparation, a national park field session, and classroom assessments in which students demonstrate what they have learned. Teachers are provided with resources, including learning activities and support materials. Learning activities are designed to allow students to work cooperatively.The first step is to choose the program best suited for your class. Program location and date will be confirmed with NPS staff once you have been selected to participate.

So that all students may participate and enjoy their program at Golden Gate National Parks, please take careful note of the following:

  • Teachers are requested to facilitate the pre-visit classroom lessons to prepare students for their national park experience.
  • Students should be organized into small work groups prior to the field session.
  • Clothing appropriate to the nature of the activities and weather conditions at the park is required.
  • Teachers and adult chaperons are responsible for the conduct of the students. If a student’s conduct compromises safety at any time, the entire class will be asked to depart immediately.
  • Arrangements can be made to accommodate most students with special needs. Please discuss specific circumstances with National Park Service staff prior to your visit.
To see programs for elementary school students click here.
To see programs for secondary school students click here.

Did You Know?

Golden Gate National Parks has 9 different cancellation stamps in the park.

Golden Gate National Parks participates in the National Park Service Passport Program. Here in our park, we have 9 different cancellation stamps available at Alcatraz, Muir Woods NM, Marin Headlands, Fort Point NHS, Presidio, Fort Mason, Cliff House, Crissy Field Center and Fort Funston.