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Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park

“Back for its third consecutive year, Flower Piano invites visitors to experience a special 12–day long, spontaneous community event. Beginning July 13 and running through July 24, anyone can play on the 12 pianos that will be placed at dramatic, … Continue reading

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Saddle Up: City Pilots Guided Horse Rides In Golden Gate And McLaren Parks | Hoodline

“Hold your horses, San Francisco: this news will likely stirrup some excitement. Beginning today, SF Rec and Park is offering horseback rides to the public in Golden Gate Park. The department is exploring the feasibility of guided horse rides in two … Continue reading

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take a walk in the park to ease brain fatigue

It always amazes me how reliably a walk or a bicycle ride through Golden Gate Park can improve my mood, clear my mind, banish fatigue and increase my sense of well-being.  I don’t think I’m the only one who experiences … Continue reading

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aquarium’s unexpected virtue: drought tolerance – SFGate

I often wonder about the impact of the current  drought on Golden Gate Park.  Here’s an uplifting article about the water supply at the aquarium in the California Academy of Sciences. ‘The Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences opened at its new home … Continue reading

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butterflies in golden gate park: anise swallowtail

  I have been noticing butterflies in the park lately.  This Anise Swallowtail (Papilio zelicaon) was flitting around a patch of yarrow and sticky monkey flower near the reservoir above the falls on Strawberry Hill this past week, while I was busy sketching a … Continue reading

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zen in golden gate park: the art of nature journaling

Recently I spent a week in the Sierras “nature-journaling” with John Muir Laws:  http://www.johnmuirlaws.com  If you aren’t familiar with Jack Laws, I highly recommend getting to know him.  Whenever I’m in the Sierras I depend on The Laws Field Guide … Continue reading

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the oldest trees in golden gate park: coastal oak woodlands predate the park

In the north east corner of Golden Gate Park, along Fulton Ave. behind McLaren Lodge and the Conservatory of Flowers, a grove of native coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) offers a glimpse of what the San Francisco peninsula was like before the … Continue reading

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