• View of the Golden Gate Bridge, taken from the Marin Headlands, looking across the bay back towards San Francisco, seen in the distance.

    Golden Gate

    National Recreation Area California

Spreading the Word on Climate Change

Education program

Park staff are educating the next generation about climate change and living sustainably.

Photo by Tung Chee

The heart of the initiative to reduce our own and our visitors' carbon footprint is education. The park has a unique position to reach millions of visitors and educate the public about climate change and the need to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

It starts with Golden Gate's rangers, Public Affairs Division and other staff, as well as our partners and volunteers. We are educating ourselves with relevant and accurate information and then helping our visitors understand the threats and solutions through public outreach.

Here's our commitment:

  • Develop and promote exhibits, multimedia, events, lectures, and brochures for our park visitors … both adult and children.

  • Develop programs and materials to assist local schools and teachers explain the urgency of climate change to students.

  • Work with our local and regional media outlets to spread the word through Public Service Announcements, news releases and media packets.

  • Establish an internal and external communications channels to keep our staff, partners, volunteers and visitors informed of the latest information. These periodic reports will be relayed through podcasts, newsletter articles and Internet/Intranet updates.

  • Actively engage underrepresented communities in education and interpretive programs on climate change.

  • Track our progress and share the results with staff and partners

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wood-frame earthquake shacks from 1906

GGNRA owns two of these rare, wood-frame shacks, built in 1906 to shelter survivors of the famous San Francisco earthquake. Now located at the Presidio, these shacks once comprised 24 city blocks and at peak occupancy, housed a total of 16,448 refugees.