Bandit Notes - This site focues on areas throughout San Francisco (parks, beaches, freeways) with special attention to natural aesthetic qualities, special access opportunites, and other noteworthy features from an artistic, fine photography, and/or nature-oriented point of view.
Bay Area Ridge Trail Council - Plans, promotes, and constructs the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a 400-mile multiple-use trail connecting parks and preserved open spaces along the ridgelines surrounding California's San Francisco Bay.
Bay Area Hiker - Information about hiking trails in the San Francisco bay area, including photos of wildflowers, animals, trees, plants, and butterflies.
Bay Nature - An online gateway to experiences in the natural world of the San Francisco Bay Area, with a Trailfinder, fresh stories and videos every week, a comprehensive regional nature events calendar, all Bay Nature magazine content.
California State Parks - The California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. California State Parks contains the largest and most diverse natural and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. State park units include underwater preserves, reserves, and parks; redwood, rhododendron, and wildlife reserves; state beaches, recreation areas, wilderness areas, and reservoirs; state historic parks, historic homes, Spanish era adobe buildings, including museums, visitor centers, cultural reserves, and preserves; as well as lighthouses, ghost towns, waterslides, conference centers, and off-highway vehicle parks. These parks protect and preserve an unparalleled collection of culturally and environmentally sensitive structures and habitats, threatened plant and animal species, ancient Native American sites, historic structures and artifacts.
Critical Mass (SFCriticalMass) - Critical Mass is a monthly mass bicycle ride that takes place on the last Friday of each month in cities around the world. It was started in San Francisco in 1992 by cyclists and activists who wanted to increase the visibility of bicyclists and reclaim public space by making social use of the streets on a regular basis.
Community Gardens - Use this tool to find community gardens throughout San Francisco.
Conservatory of Flowers - Opened in 1879, the wood and glass greenhouse is the oldest existing conservatory in the Western Hemisphere and has attracted millions of visitors to Golden Gate Park since it first opened its doors. Immersive displays in five galleries include the lowland tropics, highland tropics, aquatic plants, potted plants and special exhibits. The Conservatory is one of only four public institutions in the United States to house a highland tropics exhibit. The Conservatory of Flowers is a spectacular living museum of rare and beautiful tropical plants under glass. From Borneo to Bolivia, the 1500 species of plants at the Conservatory represent unusual flora from more than 50 countries around the world. It houses an increasingly important collection of endangered plant species, including ferns, palms and aroids. It is also home to an unparalleled collection of high-altitude orchids -- more than 700 of the 1,000 known species. It is the largest and most comprehensive public collection in the world.
Crissy Field Center - Now housed in one of the nation's greenest park-based buildings, the Crissy Field Center is a model of sustainability for program participants and park visitors alike. The Center's facilities include a media lab, resource library, arts workshop, science lab, and gathering room which meet strict criteria for environmental, technological, and user performance and provide "healthy" environments to optimize learning. The facility is also home to the >Beach Hut snack bar which is furnished from top to bottom with reclaimed and recycled materials. The new site will serve not only as a hub of sustainability programming in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, but also as a convening spot and resource for local community organizations, visiting diplomats, politicians, and educational leaders on both national and international fronts.
Farallon Islands - A group of islands and rocks found in the Gulf of the Farallones, off the coast of mainland San Francisco, California. They lie 27 miles (43 km) outside the Golden Gate, 20 miles (32 km) south of Point Reyes. Also see the Farallon National Wildlife Refuge.
House of Air - An indoor trampoline park located in the historic airplane hangar at 926 Mason Street in the Presidio. This athletic and recreational facility is host to open trampoline jump time, aerial and physical training on trampolines, trampoline dodgeball and basketball, and fitness classes.
Incredible Adventures - Specializes in small group tours from San Francisco . From the mild to the wild, in a day or overnight, in a hotel or at a campsite, escape to the great outdoors with Incredible Adventures.
Muir Woods National Monument - A unit of the National Park Service on the Pacific coast of southwestern Marin County, California, 12 miles north of San Francisco and part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It protects 554 acres, of which 240 acres are old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) forests, one of a few such stands remaining in the San Francisco Bay Area. Also see Wikipedia article.
Natural Areas - Use this search tool to find natural areas throughout San Francisco, or search for a natural area by activity.
San Francisco City Hikes - City Hikes are real hikes, four miles to five and a half miles long, but the pace is tailored to your needs. Most of the hikes are hilly and include absolutely breathtaking views. All of the hikes are beautiful and interesting and led by a native San Franciscan.
San Francisco Receation and Parks Department - The roots of San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department stretch back to the 1870s, when city officials, responding to residents' demands for a large public park, established a Park Commission to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Over the years, many more parks were added to the system, and playgrounds, athletic fields, and recreational facilities were developed under the auspices of the Recreation Commission. Today the department, overseen by the Recreation and Park Commission, administers more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including two outside the city limits.
Sunday Streets San Francisco - The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) presents the Sunday Streets program, with leadership support from the Mayor's Office and logistical support from City departments. Sunday Streets creates miles of car-free roads for people to get out and get active in diverse SF neighborhoods.
Urban Trails Program - The Recreation and Parks Department's Urban Trails Program is a two-part initiative to restore key trails and expand the current volunteer trail corps to help create and maintain a trail network in the city's natural areas. Because funding for trail improvements is limited, the Department has worked with community groups and stakeholders to focus spending on parks and open spaces that have the greatest needs and would provide the greatest benefits if improved. Parks currently slated for improvements are:
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