Virtual Trailhead at SFPL

SFPL is proud to partner for a fifth year with the very best of San Francisco’s natural resources–our National Parks! From StoryWalks to virtual Nature Boosts, we stand together to help you connect with nature, expand your knowledge of local flora, fauna and history and take a moment to breathe in the fresh air. Parks and Libraries are for all and forever. 

Resources

Discover your local national parks and the many ways you can safely experience these majestic spaces this summer. Download our National Park Service Activity Guide. 

Nature Boost Friday

This special curated series includes rangers, park staff and special guests for a family-friendly Nature Boost to get your weekend started off right. Tune in on Fridays at 11 a.m. and discover something new about our Parks. 

Storytime with SFPL’s Summer Stride artist reading The Hike 

Meet Alison Farrell, artist of Summer Stride 2020, and hear a live reading of her book The Hike. This is the first Nature Boost Friday program presented in partnership with the National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Presidio Trust.

Virtual Visit to Lands End 

Friday, 6/12/2020, 11:00 - 12:00

Go on a virtual visit to Lands End. Explore with  @parks4all to learn about the flowers, critters + history; come away with ideas for how to have a fun family experience of your own at Lands End this summer! 

Conor Knighton: Leave Only Footprints

Friday, 6/19/2020 11:00 - 12:00

CBS Sunday Morning correspondent Conor Knighton, author of the NYT bestseller Leave Only Footprints: My Acadia to Zion Journey Through Every National Park, offers a behind-the-scenery look at his year traveling to each of America’s National Parks, discovering the most beautiful places our country has to offer.

Stonewall National Monument

Birthplace of the LGBTQ Rights Movement—The Stonewall Inn

Friday, 6/26/2020 11:00 - 12:00 

Celebrate Pride's 50th Anniversary with the National Park Service.  Catch scenes of NPS rangers and the Roving Ranger in the SF Pride Parade in 2016.  Also, hear the moving personal story of the first NPS Ranger Jamie Adams at Stonewall National Monument and the importance of this location in the struggle for civil rights for the LGBTQ community.

Tune in on SFPL's YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/SanFranciscoLibrary

S'morey Storytime with Ranger Mariajosé 

Friday, 7/3/2020 11:00 - 12:00

Miss summer visits to the parks? No need to pack your gear when Ranger Mariajosé invites families to her virtual campfire. Go back to the time before time when plants and animals could speak to each other and hear about the adventures of Coyote and sing silly songs about your national parks.

Juana's Jardín

Juana's Jardín-Unbe-LEAF-able Plants and Let's Make Tortillas

Friday, 7/10/2020 11:00 - 12:00

 

Join Ranger Fatima Colindres in her kitchen and garden as she remembers Juana Briones, a local 19th century curandera. Learn to make corn tortillas and uses for indigenous plants found in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Summer stride bridge

Nature Boost Surprise

Friday, 7/17/2020 11:00 - 12:00

Join rangers, park staff and special guests for a family-friendly, Nature Boost and get your weekend started off right. Featuring virtual exploration through immersive photos and videos from your local national parks.

Summer stride bridge

Alison Farrell’s Nature Crafts 

Friday, 7/24/2020 11:00 - 12:00

Visit Alison Farrell in her studio and learn how to make binoculars and a sketchbook inspired by her book The Hike.

La Caminata

La Caminata - ¡Lea con sus guardaparques!

Friday, 7/31/2020 11:00 - 12:00

Lea con sus guardaparques, Maria Jose y Fatima y  imaginémonos en la belleza del bosque con este cuento, leido en español. This program will be offered in Spanish.

StoryWalks at Lands End and in the Presidio

Read on the trails and play in the park!  Pages from children’s books are put on signs and sprinkled along a trail. This summer, you’ll find StoryWalks in three locations. See the StoryWalks map for directions. 

  • The Hike by Alison Farrell is along the Lands End Coastal Trail and Presidio Promenade to the Crissy Field Overlook. 
  • I Wrote You a Note by Lizi Boyd returns to Mountain Lake Trail.