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Experience a park so rich it supports 19 distinct ecosystems with thousands of plant and animal species. Go for a hike, enjoy a vista, have a picnic or learn about the centuries of overlapping history from California’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonization, US military expansion and the growth of San Francisco.

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Golden Gate Bridge – San Francisco

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the most visited National Park sites and we know why! Opening on May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the many reasons San Francisco is so special. Over 10 million people cross the iconic, red structure every year.

Check out the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza webpage to virtually visit and answer the question below:

How long is the Golden Gate Bridge is?

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Lands End

Since 1863, visitors have flocked to San Francisco’s western shore to enjoy sweeping ocean views. It’s trails wind their way around rocky cliffs above the ocean, moving through shady stands of cypress and emerging on to spectacular views of the Golden Gate. With every visit you can journey through the history of Lands End, offering glimpses of the past at every turn, including the Cliff House.

Check out the Now & Then Study of Lands End and the Cliff House to virtually visit and answer the question below:

What year was the Cliff House constructed?

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Marin Headlands

The Marin Headlands houses an amazing richness of history and biological diversity due to the variety of habitats produced by the geography, geology, and maritime climate of the area. The Headlands are famous for its unique geologic outcrops and its spectacular views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is also home to species of endangered plants and animals, and serves as an important stop in the Pacific Flyway for migrant raptors and birds of prey. The Headlands’ human history is long and layered, originating with the Coast Miwok peoples who have lived here for thousands of years and evolving to become a hotspot for coastal defense through the Cold War. We welcome you to hike through our expansive trails, witness the biodiversity that flourishes over the foggy coastal prairies, and learn more about the history that imbues the Marin Headlands with cultural significance.

Check out the Historical + Natural Stories to virtually visit the Marin Headlands and answer the question below:

What role did women play in the military sites of the Marin Headlands?

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Ohlone – Portola Heritage Trail

Golden Gate National Recreation Area commemorates more than 10,000 years of Ohlone settlement in San Mateo County and the 250th anniversary of the Gaspar de Portolá expedition. In 1769, the Aramai tribe, of modern-day Pacifica, accompanied the bedraggled expedition to the top of Sweeney Ridge, where the Portolá party became the first Europeans to see San Francisco Bay. Today that historic path is know as the Ohlone – Portola Heritage Trail.

Check out the San Francisco Bay Spanish 'Discovery' Site to virtually visit the Ohlone-Portola Heritage Trail, and answer the question below:

How did Spanish Colonization impact the Ramaytush Ohlone people?

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Presidio of San Francisco

The Presidio has a rich history spanning back to the time of the native Ohlone people. The Spanish arrived in 1776 to establish the northernmost outpost of their empire in western North America. The Presidio fell under Mexican rule for 24 years before the U.S. Army took control in 1846. The Army transformed the Presidio grounds from mostly windswept dunes and scrub to a verdant, preeminent military post. Since 1994, the Presidio has been a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, interpretting it's overlapping cultures, stories and ecology.

Check out the Now & Then Study to virtually visit the Presidio of San Francisco, and answer the question below:

What San Francisco neighborhoods surround the Presidio?

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San Mateo Parklands

For nearly a century, these sites along the San Mateo coast have served as military lands, or a home for settlers, travelers, 'boot-leggers' and diners. Today, after a generation of development battles, the national parklands in this spectacular area are a haven for walkers and wildlife.

Check out the San Mateo Places to virtually visit the coast, and answer the question below:

What are the five park sites of GGNRA’s San Mateo parklands?

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Last updated: March 22, 2021

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123-0022

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415 561-4700

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