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 »
Rocks on the Move: Plate Tectonics and Landscapes
Teachers new to Rocks on the Move must attend the Teacher Workshop on January 25, 2014.
Hike a trail through ancient underwater volcanoes or explore rainbow colored beach sands and riprap to unravel the mysteries of the rocks of the Franciscan Complex. Hands-on lessons connect classroom earth science learning to the dynamic landscapes of the Bay Area.
Through guided inquiry and cooperative learning, students investigate the essential question, "How do I recognize geologic change in my environment?" The Rocks on the Move geology programs enable you to infuse your curricula with the story of the Franciscan Complex, and help your students discover how communities meet the challenges of living in a geologically active environment.
Teachers interested in bringing local geology to life can access a wide array of curriculum materials on the web, including preparation lessons, materials for field sessions, and geology and history resources for teachers and students. An award-winning electronic education game, Subduction Construction, lets your students dig deep into the story of the Franciscan Complex.
As a Rocks on the Move teacher, you can borrow a traveling trunk with Franciscan rock samples, geologic maps and materials, and post-visit lessons to extend the value of the field session. Rocks on the Move helps students achieve standards for earth and space science (structure of the earth system and natural hazards).
Click the icons on the right side of this page to explore the Rocks on the Move curriculum in Golden Gate National Recreation area.
Go to Park Teachers, our online resource center for teaching geology.
Did You Know?
Studies in the Franciscan Complex in the San Francisco area were instrumental in providing scientists with an understanding of subduction processes and their geologic results.