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Presidio’s Greatest Lists: Five Ways to Celebrate “Earth Month”!

Tuesday, Apr 03, 2018 Category Nature and Science; Recreation and Wellness

In honor of Earth Day 2018, we've rounded up five great ways to celebrate nature in the park all month long – from volunteering to counting plants and animals in a "bioblitz," there are plenty of ways to love your national park.

1. Volunteer on Earth Day

Presidio volunteers gather in a circle

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, join us for the annual Presidio Earth Day volunteer event. It's part of the Golden Gate National Recreational Area's Earth Day celebrations and the Golden Gate National Parks Day of Service. Registration is required, and there will be a potluck and a volunteer project geared toward families with children nine years old and younger.

Register for Presidio Earth Day on Saturday, April 21, 2018, 9 am – 12 pm >>

2. Love Your Parks

Parkgoers composting on the Main Parade Ground

The Presidio team is working hard to make sure our operations have zero impact on the earth. Here are a few tips from our Sustainability Team on ways you can be “green” when you visit the Presidio:

  • Follow the “Pack-In-Pack-Out” philosophy and leave no waste behind when you’re visiting the Presidio. This includes avoiding non-recyclables whenever possible, like plastic straws that can harm sea life.
  • Bring your own reusable water bottle when on a park adventure.
  • Stay on park trails. Avoid cut-throughs and social trails that can damage the Presidio’s natural areas.
  • Leave your car at home. Walk, bike, hike, and use public transit -- or get to and around the park on our free PresidiGo Shuttle, which runs on Compressed Natural Gas.

3. Explore El Presidio, Where History Meets Nature

Presidio Archaeology Team

Join us for “Back into the Earth Day” with the Presidio Archaeology Team on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Archaeologists and volunteers will spend the day digging into the park’s history as the team prepares the El Presidio archaeology site for our upcoming summer research dig. Drop in any time between 9 am and noon at Pershing Square in front of the Presidio Officers’ Club. No registration is required. Shovels are provided.

Learn more about the Presidio archaeology program >>

4. Learn About the Climate Crisis, and Become a Climate

An Inconvenient Sequel

In celebration of Earth Day, we're screening An Inconvenient Sequel on Thursday, April 26, 7-9 pm at the Presidio Officers' Club as part of the Presidio Live series. Former Vice President Al Gore's previous film, An Inconvenient Truth, brought the climate crisis into the heart of popular culture. Gore's latest film shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution as he shares the inspirational idea that while the stakes have never been higher, the perils of climate change can be overcome with human ingenuity and passion.

Learn more and register to attend the screening >>

5. Participate in the Presidio Nature Challenge Bioblitz

kids looking through binoculars in the park

Here's your chance to help the Presidio – and the Bay Area – win the 2018 City Nature Challenge, a friendly competition among 60 cities across the world to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people. We want to win! So join us for the Presidio Nature Challenge on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9 am – 12:30 pm, for our own BioBlitz where we'll record the many wild plants and animals that thrive in the Presidio. We'll pair volunteers with professional naturalists on a scientific adventure to the park's wildest places. This is an adventure for the whole family – come on out!

Register and learn more, including what we'll record and what to bring >>