For Teachers

Parks as Classrooms

Applications for Virtual Education Programs with a Park Ranger now available! Please click here to apply for a Virtual Education Program.

Virtual Education Programs with a Ranger will begin on Tuesday, October 13th and will only be offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Every Kid Outdoors!

Click here to show your 4th grade students how to obtain special free park pass for them and their families to use all year long!

Free Access for 5th Graders

Many 4th graders missed out on using their Every Kid Outdoors Annual 4th Grade Pass during the 2019-2020 school year. A new voucher is now available for 5th grade students for the rest of the school year! Click here to learn more about the Every Kid Outdoors Annual Pass for 5th graders.
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PARKS AS CLASSROOMS programs in Golden Gate National Parks - set in indigenous habitats and historic landmarks, ancient redwood groves and dramatic coastal preserve - actively engage students in inquiry learning about and caring for national parks and their own communities. Designed by park staff, classroom teachers, students, and leaders of community organizations, park education programs encourage student achievement through innovative pedagogy and authentic experiences in the park. The goals and principles of the K-12 program confirm Golden Gate's commitment to inclusive and relevant inquiry-based learning linked to school curricula.


Golden Gate NRA - Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

Golden Gate NRA Education Branch invites local teachers to participate in an online teacher workshop series around teaching untold stories. All workshops integrate pedagogy and introduces teachers to local untold stories. This first workshop begins on Saturday, November 14, 2020. Workshops will be presented through either Cisco WebEx or Zoom. Workshops are limited to 15 teachers. See workshop titles and descriptions in the application. Click here to access the Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series Application.

New Virtual Learning Activities for Students

We know you are back in the classroom and seeking out new material to adapt to these changing times. Connect your students to hands on learning activities that relate to the science and history of Golden Gate National Parks! Check back frequently for new activities. Click here to access the virtual learning activities.

Teaching the Untold Stories of our Local Communities

Teaching Untold Stories is an offering for both teachers and students. Park Rangers will offer 4th - 12th grade curriculum-based education programs in a virtual format. These programs are rooted in social justice issues that promote skills in reading, writing, historical analysis and critical thinking. Each account focuses on a pivotal national issue - still relevant today - that played out right here in San Francisco. Our application for virtual field trips will be available beginning Monday, September 14, 2020. As you plan keep in mind that education programs will be restricted to Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Request your program at least two weeks out.
Click here for more information on the Teaching Untold Stories programs.

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PARK Teachers Geology

is a collaborative effort undertaken by teachers, university faculty, nonprofit education partners, and Golden Gate to introduce pre-service and classroom teachers to place-based and inquiry learning that supports education standards and engages students in authentic hands-on science. Click here to learn about the program and find teaching resources.

Crissy Field Center- A Youth Leadership and Education Center

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, our primary nonprofit partner, offers an array of multicultural programs that actively engage youth of all ages at the Crissy Field Center.The Parks Conservancy promotes collaborations in building a more sustainable, and socially and environmentally just society.


Last updated: January 19, 2021

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


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