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 a online and in-person teacher workshops around teaching untold stories. All workshops integrate pedagogy and introduces teachers to local untold stories. Please check back soon to learn about upcoming opportunities.
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. Click here for more information on the Teaching Untold Stories programs.
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: March 10, 2023
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason