Learn About the Park
View contemporary and historic photos of the Presidio
The Presidio has a rich history spanning back to the time of the native Ohlone people, the Spanish colonialists, Mexican rule, and finally over 148 years of U.S. Army control. The Presidio became a preeminent military post under the U.S. Army before it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1994.
The geography, climate, and geology of the Presidio result in a complex natural history and a rich diversity of life. It is a unique world within a world. From birds to plants, the ecosystems here can be found in few places on the planet.
The Presidio of San Francisco is the perfect outdoor classroom to engage students in historic inquiry and environmental science.
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