What Makes GGNRA Special?

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is special to many people in many different ways. The park's natural resources and cultural history are truly exceptional and have led to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designating it as a Biosphere Reserve, and The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience to recognize it as an International Site of Conscience.


UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

With over 80,000 acres, spanning Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, the Golden Gate Biosphere represents a highly diverse complex of terrestrial, coastal, and marine environments. Since its incorporation in 1988 by UNESCO, a network of federal, and local governmental entities, non-profits, universities, and public partners have worked together to promote collaboration in scientific research, education, conservation, and sustainable development within GGNRA.

For more informtion visit Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Download the Golden Gate Biosphere Fact Sheet
Download the Golden Gate Biosphere Zonation Map

Last updated: April 4, 2019

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Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


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