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Celebrating El Polin Spring
A group of visitors gather around the reconstructed foundation of what might have been Juana Briones home.

 

Nestled within the Presidio’s largest watershed, El Polín Spring has long been an important place for nature and people. Its fresh waters drew the area’s first settlers and made the tranquil valley a vibrant habitat for birds and wildlife.

 

With great community support El Polin has been restored as a welcoming place to explore the stories of the Presidio. Join us this June for a month long celebration of this Presidio treasure.

 

June Celebration Events
 
Friday, June 1, 7 to 8:30 pm
Family Night Hike
Enjoy a nighttime adventure for all ages in the Presidio. This naturalist-led event will be take place at the recently revitalized El Polín Spring. On this relaxed evening, tap into the riparian habitat by observing the shapes and shadows of surrounding insects. There will be some star gazers available to use, and a night tale under the enchanted Willow Tree. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 
 
Saturday, June 2, 8:30 to 1:30 pm
Volunteer at El Polín for National Trails Day

Celebrate National Trails Day by working alongside park staff to maintain trails and restore trailside habitat, forest, and landscaped areas within the Tennessee Hollow Watershed. All ages welcome. Registration is required. Call (415) 561-5333 or volunteer@presidio.gov.

 

 

Saturday, June 2, 1:30 to 3 pm
Walking Tour - Tennessee Hollow Watershed
Enjoy a tour of the park's largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow. With three spring-fed creeks, rare native plant communities, archaeological sites dating back the early 1800s, hiking trails, and some of the highest bird diversity in the park, the watershed offers something for everyone. The tour will include an insiders' view of the newly revitalized El Polin Spring and Loop. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.

 

 

Wednesday, June 6, 5 to 6:30 pm
Water + History: A Guided Tour of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed
The availability of year-round freshwater played a critical role in the establishment and development of the Presidio and adjacent City. Join Presidio Trust specialists for a history-themed walking tour of the park's largest watershed, with an in-depth view of some of the recent archaeological discoveries at the newly revitalized El Polín Spring. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.

 
 
Saturday, June 9, 10 to 11:30 am OR 11:30 am to 1 pm
Family “Create with Nature” Day: Building Tiny Bridges
In a special natural area of the park, flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of collaborative artistic expression. Get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature with a Golden Gate Bridge theme! RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451. 
 
 
Thursday, June 14, 5 to 6:30 pm
A Botanical Tour of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed
The Tennessee Hollow Watershed is home to 10 distinct native plant communities and hundreds of species of native plants including some rare species that are found only in a handful of places in the world. The watershed is undergoing a major transformation - creeks are being daylighted, habitat is being restored and history is coming alive. Join park staff for a guided hike experience to learn more about the watershed, its botanical wonders and specatular El Polín Spring. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 
 

Saturday, June 16, 10 to 11 am OR 11 am to Noon
El Polín Discovery for Families
Come out to El Polín Spring for a one-hour interactive game that will heighten your senses to the sights and sounds of the ancient Presidio. Drop in from 10 to noon to receive a treasure map that will reveal the birds, streams, plants, and historic treasures that can be found nearby. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.

 

Saturday, June 16, 2 to 3 pm
Bilingual Historical Walking Tour - Let's Explore El Polin
Join Park Ranger Jose Roldan for a guided walk of El Polin Spring. During this walk hear about the various flora and mega fauna that call the Tennessee Hollow Watershed home. While on this walk we’ll hear stories about the former inhabitants of this area (Ohlone, Spanish, Mexican, and Americans) that once called this beautiful place home. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.

 

Sunday, June 17, 1 to 2:30 pm
A Walk on the Wild Side – Wildlife in the Tennessee Hollow Watershed
Did you know that one of the top birding spots in San Francisco is El Polín Spring? More than 100 different species of birds have been sighted at the Spring over the years. Come explore the Spring and larger Tennessee Hollow Watershed with park staff to learn more about local birds and other wildlife thriving in the park. Bring your binoculars if you have them; a limited number will be available to borrow. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 
 

Saturday, June 23, 11 am to Noon
Bilingual Walking Tour - Plants, Plants, Plants!
Join us for an ethnobotany program where we will get up close and personal with plants in the Tennessee Hollow Watershed! In this fun, hands on activity, we will use our sense of smell, sight, and taste to determine how people utilized plants such as Eucalyptus, Ceanothus, and Yerba Buena in the Presidio. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.

 

Friday, June 29, 11 am to 3 pm
Pasados del Presidio Open House at El Polín Spring
Guided walks and shuttles will transport Pasados del Presidio participants to El Polin Spring from the Golden Gate Club. At El Polin, Presidio Trust Staff will discuss the revitalization of El Polin Spring as a focal point for outdoor education in the watershed.
 
 
Saturday, June 30, 9 am to noon
Community Volunteer Stewardship Day
Join us for a day of stewardship in the Presidio’s Tennessee Hollow Watershed. Volunteers will help with a variety of activities to help enhance scrub, grassland, woodland, and wetland habitats at El Polín Spring. Kid-friendly volunteer and educational activities will be provided for families with young children. During the stewardship day, volunteers will be treated to a ceremonial celebration by native Californians from the Rumsen Ohlone tribe. All ages welcome. Registration required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 

 

Saturday, June 30, 11 am to Noon
Archaeology Tour – El Polín Spring
Want to know why this small valley tucked away in the Presidio is so special to so many? Join Presidio Trust archaeologist Kari Jones for a walking tour to discover the legend of El Polín. Hear about what remains from San Francisco’s first suburb. Learn about where early Spanish colonial settlers built their homes, threw away their garbage, and collected water. Visitors will have the opportunity to view an archaeological feature and artifacts from excavations in the area. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 

 

Saturday, June 30, 10 to 11 am OR 11 am to Noon
El Polín Discovery for Families
Come out to El Polín Spring for a one-hour interactive game that will heighten your senses to the sights and sounds of the ancient Presidio. Drop in from 10 to noon to receive a treasure map that will reveal the birds, streams, plants, and historic treasures that can be found nearby. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 

 

Saturday, June 30, 12:30 to 2 pm
A Guided Walk in Tennessee Hollow
The availablity of year-round freshwater played a critical role in the establishment and development of the Presidio and adjacent City.  Join Presidio Trust specialists for a history-themed walking tour of the park's largest watershed, with an in-depth view of some of the recent archaeological discoveries at the newly revitalized El Polin Spring. RSVP required. Call (415) 561-4451.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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