• A section of the bowsprint and figurehead on the bow of BALCLUTHA.

    San Francisco Maritime

    National Historical Park California

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  • Hyde Street Pier Closed Mondays through Thursdays (July 24 - August 20)

    For public safety, Hyde Street Pier will be closed mid-pier Mondays - Thursdays from July 24 - August 20 during replacement of Eureka's mooring piles. There is no access to the historic ships. The visitor center, Maritime Museum & Aquatic Park are open.

First Bloom and Yick Wo School

A park ranger standing in the middle of an empty garden plot with kids planting native plants behind her.
Since their first visit this past Oct. 1, 2010, the students have been learning lots of interesting things about maritime history and native plants. They were back in the park on Wednesday afternoon, February 23, 2011 to plant the second native plant garden in Aquatic Park.

The kids, with the help of Ranger Rejane, and our park gardener, designed the bed, deciding what type of plant would go where. The potted plants were each marked with a letter and the kids found the corresponding letter on the ground and planted it there.

Here is Ranger Rejane with her First Bloom 4th graders from Yick Wo Elementary school in San Francisco creating a California native plant garden at the park. They planted 104 plants!
A park employee and students put a native plant in the soil.

This plant is getting some TLC!


The students cut through the black felt-like material covering the soil, dug a hole, took the young plant out of the temporary pot and planted it in the garden.

Elementary school children planting California native plants at the park.
The garden takes shape.
A garden bed newly planted with small native plants from California.
The newly-planted garden! In May, 2010 another group of First Bloom students planted the garden visible just behind the new one in this photo. Next time you are in the park, please take a stroll through the gardens!

Did You Know?

A woman seated behind a tule reed canoe.

This is Native American consultant Linda Yamane posing with the tule reed canoe she constructed for a new exhibit in the park's visitor center. "The Waterfront" exhibit opened in 2012 and features an historic walk around San Francisco's waterfront. More...