Golden Gate Park

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We’re proud to welcome more than 13 million visitors each year to Golden Gate Park, one of San Francisco’s greatest treasures. From a vast, windswept expanse of sand dunes, park engineer William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren carved out an oasis–a verdant, horticulturally diverse, and picturesque public space where city dwellers can relax and reconnect with the natural world. The rest, as they say, is history.

Within Golden Gate Park’s 1,017 acres you’ll discover gardens, playgrounds, lakes, picnic groves, trails, and monuments, plus an array of cultural venues, events, and activities. To help you plan your visit, we’ve highlighted just a few of the park’s special features and activities below. For more information, stop by McLaren Lodge to pick up a map, get involved, and find out what’s happening in San Francisco’s backyard. For information about reserving facilities for picnicsathletic eventsweddings, and special events, please contact our Permits & Reservations Division at (415) 831-5500.

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See ‘Stranded’ at the Conservatory of Flowers Thru Oct 18

Don’t miss the boat on “Stranded,” a fantastic exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, now through October 18. Visitors “wash up” on an uncharted tropical shore to learn the ins and outs of island survival. Stroll through a living jungle of life-saving plants and discover the best sources … Continue reading

Become a Children’s Walk Guide at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Each year at San Francisco Botanical Garden, Children’s Walk Guides introduce more than 12,000 (K-5) school children to the wonders of the natural world. As a volunteer guide, you can experience the Garden through a child’s eyes, connecting them with the environment by exploring the plants, animals and insects that … Continue reading

Abc 7 News: SF Botanical Garden Sets Garden to Music for 75th Anniversary

By Carolyn Tyler San Francisco’s Botanical Garden is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Part of the fun is something they call Flower Piano that began Thursday and runs through July 20. Within the 55 acres of San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, something magical has appeared. Project organizers Dean Mermell and Mauro Ffortissimo … Continue reading

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Panhandle Park On-going Volunteer Project

Oct 10, 2015
Panhandle Stewards

Get to know your neighbors at this monthly Panhandle Volunteer Project. The North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association needs your help to beautify and maintain the basketball court and landscaped around the … Continue reading

White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

Oct 17, 2015
GGP Bison Paddock

Volunteer with the Audubon Society at the Bison Paddock of Golden Gate Park and help to restore the habitat of the endangered white crown sparrow.  Lend a hand with weeding and tending … Continue reading

North Lake Volunteer Workparty

Oct 24, 2015
GGP North Lake

Join the members of the Audubon Society and the SFRPD gardeners in a recurring volunteer workparty at North Lake in Golden Gate Park that focuses on habitat restoration.  Lend a hand with weeding … Continue reading

GGP: Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

Oct 24, 2015
Alvord Lake in Golden Gate Park

Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task Force to beautify the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park. A wide range of gardening tasks are available. Light refreshments provided. Please wear … Continue reading

Kezar Triangle Community Garden Volunteer Workparty

Nov 7, 2015
Kezar Triangle, Golden Gate Park

Volunteer at this recently opened community garden in Golden Gate Park.  With significant support from the David and Carla Crane Foundation, Kezar Triangle was revitalized to promote a holistic approach to a … Continue reading

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