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
 
 

International Site of Conscience


Established in 1972, Golden Gate National Recreation Area was one of the first national park in an urban area. Since then, it has become one of the most visited NPS sites in the country, hosting not only diverse ecosystems, but centuries of overlapping history from California’s indigenous cultures, Spanish colonialism, the Mexican Republic, US military expansion and the growth of San Francisco. Through public programs, K-12 Parks As Classrooms curriculum and park exhibits, visitors have the opportunity to engage in a history and culture as varied and diverse as they are.

For additional information on The International Coalition Of Sites Of Conscience.

 

Last updated: August 28, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone:

(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

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