Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) partners with many different organizations in order to provide visitors with programs, services and experiences that enable them to enjoy outdoor recreation and learn about environmental and cultural resources. The park strives to nurture, extend and perfect its collaborations in order to enhance visitor opportunities. As a result, GGNRA is home to some of the most interesting and effective partner programs in the National Park Service (NPS). Scroll down to learn more about our programmatic partners and commercial services.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy works in tandem with the NPS at GGNRA to provide public programs and services. Established in 1981, the Parks Conservancy is the nonprofit membership organization created to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park visitors and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future. The Parks Conservancy accomplishes its work by facilitating generous contributions from individuals, corporations and philanthropic foundations as well as generating earned income from operating park bookstores and cafes, producing interpretive items and providing park tours. Visit the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy website for more information about activities, programs and volunteer opportunities.
In addition to programs offered by the National Park Service, park visitors can enjoy a diverse array of activities provided by the following nonprofit organizations in National Park facilities throughout Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo counties.
Home Away provides safe and supportive spaces for homeless and formerly homeless youth. It helps build confidence by providing educational, social, and recreational opportunities. www.homeaway.org
Fellow Feathers promotes the sport of Hang Gliding, administers Pilot Safety and Mentoring programs, and preserves the Fort Funston flying site. www.flyfunston.org
Fort Mason Center combines, as perhaps no other place in the country, a magnificent setting in the heart of a great city with cultural, educational, and recreational activities for people of every social and economic background. www.fortmason.org
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory studies migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast, promotes preservation of raptors, and involves the community in wildlife research. www.ggro.org
To protect the marine life, habitats and cultural heritage of the waters beyond the Golden Gate through research, conservation, education and stewardship. www.farallones.noaa.gov
Through artists' residencies and public programs, Headlands Center for the Arts offers opportunities for reflection, dialogue and exchanges that build understanding and appreciation for the role of art in society. www.headlands.org
The Marine Mammal Center's mission is to expand knowledge about marine mammals-their health and that of their ocean environment-and inspire their global conservation. www.marinemammalcenter.org
Miwok Stables Center is an equestrian center providing public trail rides, lessons, summer camps, clinics, boarding, open houses and outreach programs in GGNRA's historic ranch in Tennessee Valley.www.miwokstablescenter.org
NatureBridge fosters environmental literacy to sustain our planet. Through hands-on environmental science programs in national parks, we connect students to the wonder and science of nature and inspire the stewards of tomorrow. www.naturebridge.org/golden-gate
Ocean Riders preserves history and honors legacy by offering sustainable horse boarding, preserving park lands, and educating people about land and watershed stewardship. www.oceanridersofmarin.org
The Pacific Leadership Institute takes teamwork to new heights using adventure challenge courses, team building events and trainings to teach leadership and life skills. www.pliprograms.org
Point Bonita YMCA provides environmental education that connects youth & families to nature, science, and community. It serves as a stunning meeting and retreat location with overnight accommodations and quality food. www.pointbonitaymca.org
Presidio Riding Club, a non-profit co-operative equestrian organization, provides environmentally sound horse care, preserves the National Historic Landmark stables, and assists public interface with horses. PRC welcomes GGNRA equine visitors to stay in our 'horse hotel'. www.marinhorsecouncil.org/resources.htm
The San Francisco Conservation Corps offers young people opportunities to develop themselves, their academic abilities and marketable job skills while addressing community needs through service work. www.sfcc.org
The San Francisco Unified School District Environmental Science Center is a SFUSD teacher resource center and site for student science programming. The center is used for both day and overnight programs for public SFUSD classes. http://www.sfusdscience.org/
GGNRA also has several excellent service providers that offer food, lodging, retail sales and transportation services to park visitors.
Alcatraz Cruises is the official source for service to Alcatraz Island providing round-trip ferry transportation and an award-winning audio headset tour (available in 10 languages). Experience "the Rock" today! www.alcatrazcruises.com
The world-famous Cliff House is part of the Sutro Historic Landscape District. Whether you are in the mood for a casual fun afternoon, an elegant evening out, or a play day with the family, there is always something to enjoy at the Cliff House. www.cliffhouse.com
The camera obscura is a rare device, based on a 15th century design by Leonardo da Vinci. It produces 360 degrees of spectacular Live Images of the Seal Rock Area. www.giantcamera.com