Folksinger Woody Guthrie wrote the lyrics to the iconic song,
This Land is Your Land, but Dr. Edgar Wayburn and his wife Peggy passionately lived them. Until his death in 2010, at the age of 103, Wayburn advocated for the preservation of America's wild open spaces. Indeed, he was wildly successful; in 1972 his vision and dedication led the establishment of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area of which the Presidio is a part. For this and dozens of other achievements, President Bill Clinton later honored him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, proclaiming that Wayburn "saved more of our wilderness than any other person alive."
In 2006, to commemorate Ed Wayburn's 100th birthday, a redwood grove in the Presidio was dedicated to him and his late wife. The Wayburn Redwood Grove overlooks
Thompson Reach, a riparian creek habitat that was restored in 2005. Here, amongst a stand of coastal redwoods and native plants, are benches where you can rest, contemplate the beauty around you, and remember that everyone can make difference. As Ed Wayburn once said, "Never give up. Even if you don't win in your lifetime, you can blaze a trail for others to follow."
Visit the Wayburn Redwood Grove
The Wayburn Redwood Grove is located where the
Presidio Promenade intersects with the
Tennessee Hollow Trail. It is across from the
Presidio Y and a very short walk from the
Presidio Transit Center, where restrooms are located.