Park Adventures Ends in Print, More Adventures Begin Online
By Michele Gee, Chief of Interpretation and Education, Golden Gate National Parks
STANDING AMONG THE HISTORIC BATTERIES and forts that overlook the Golden Gate, it can feel like time is standing still. You might feel that not much has changed in the parks' 40 year history-after all, their beauty remains unmatched and undiminished. Then the cell phone of the person next to you goes off, blaring a Justin Bieber song. Another person is taking a photo with her smartphone and updating her Facebook status. No, time has not stood still.
With the proliferation of smartphones and rise of social media, people are interacting with the park in much different ways than they were even 10 years ago. With over 7 million people visiting our websites each year and thousands of Facebook members and Twitter followers, we know that more people are accessing information online than ever before.
To keep up with the demands of online users and to allocate our resources in a more efficient and environmentally conscious manner, we have decided to make Spring 2013 our last print edition of Park Adventures. While it has been a valuable source of news over the years, we know you will find the most up-to-date information through websites, e-newsletters, and social media. Here are a few ways to get the same great Park Adventures content-and more:
- Get to know www.parksconservancy.org/events. It's a comprehensive listing of events in the parks, compiled by our official park partner-the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. You can search by date (click on the calendar grid) and also by location, event type, audience, and more (use the search bars). The National Park Service also offers fantastic websites with maps and tips for your visit:
- Subscribe to the Parks Conservancy's free e-newsletter, Park E-ventures, featuring can't-miss events, articles about the parks' wonders, and stunning photos. Sign up at www.parksconservancy.org/eventures.
- Stay in the loop by "liking" the Parks Conservancy on Facebook (www.facebook.com/parksconservancy) and following the park on Twitter ( and ).
- Become a member of the Parks Conservancy.You'll get the Conservancy's quarterly newsletter,Gateways, which features hand-picked hikes. You'll also receive invitations to members-only events with park rangers. For full details, visit www.parksconservancy.org/membership.
- Finally, you can always visit or call one of our visitor centers or ranger stations at the Presidio, Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, Lands End, Alcatraz, Fort Point, Fort Mason, or Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion; their phone numbers are all listed on the back cover.
Thank you for visiting our parks. We hope you enjoy your next destination, online or on the trail!