February 19 to August 17, 2014
Wednesdays to Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm
Presidio Trust Headquarters, 103 Montgomery Street, Main Post
(See map on right for directions)
Parks are the canaries in the coal mine of the modern world. They are among the greatest of human political creations and embody important social, scientific, and spiritual values in addition to their ecological importance. Parks now face many challenges, including pollution, global warming, habitat fragmentation, invasive plants and animals, the loss of top predators, and the extinction of species.
Crown Jewels showcases five international parks through the eyes of experts, each with a lifetime’s work in that part of the world. Through narratives and striking photographs, learn about the challenges faced by protected areas in Tibet, East Africa, Italy, Amazonia, and Australia. The exhibit is accompanied by a lecture series that invites the public to hear these remarkable stories from the researchers themselves.
Exhibit curator Randolph Delehanty, Ph.D. is the author of many books and exhibits and was the historian at the Presidio Trust from 2000 to 2013. More information about the parks featured in this exhibit is available in Crown Jewels, the exhibition catalog published by the American Alliance of Museums.