Political Prisoners on Alcatraz
Political Prisoners on Alcatraz engages you in a little known history of Alcatraz Island - a controversial site that has witnessed the ongoing struggles to define justice and freedom - its limits and applications - for individuals and society. The first case study focuses on two men who were inprisoned during World War I: Robert Simmons, an African American soldier in France who saught conscientious objector status, and Phillip Grosser, Jewish anarchist, who protested the military on political grounds. The second story introduces Robert Lipscomb, African American federal penitentiary inmate labeled “race agitator” and “known homo,” who fought for civil rights within the prison walls during the segregated 1950s.
Join your colleagues for open-ended inquiry with primary sources and a visit to Alcatraz Island to consider how the military prison and federal penitentiary reflected the American justice system’s interpretation of rights - who is entitled, who is denied, and why?
Parks as Classrooms
Applications for Inquiry w/ the Ranger programs accepted until a week before the required teacher workshop and/or the program is full.
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.
All Parks as Classrooms programs are free. Click here to learn more about our education programs and view curriculum.
Every Kid in a Park!
Join us in celebrating 100 years of National Parks in America. Click here to show your 4th grade students how to obtain special Centennial free park pass for them and their families to use all year long!
Enrich Your Understanding of GeologyPARK 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. Use this link to learn more about the program to an find teaching resources.
Your students journey into the ancient redwood forest to uncover how living things make their home and survive in this very special habitat. In this virtual adventure, students experience the sights and sounds of one of the world's most iconic environments while learning about habitats, species competition, interdependence, and adaptations. A fun and challenging way to introduce redwood ecology or conclude a unit by checking for understanding. Use this link to learn more about Nature Detectives.
Crissy Field Center- A Youth Leadership and Education Center
Crissy Field Center, located on the Presidio of San Francisco, is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. The Center offers multicultural programs that actively engage us with our environments and promote collaborations in building a more sustainable, socially and environmentally just society.·Scholarships for programs and transportation are available.
Last updated: August 13, 2018