Virtual Trailhead at SFPL

SFPL is proud to partner 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. 


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

Nature Boosts

This special curated series includes rangers, park staff and special guests for a family-friendly Nature Boost. Discover something new about our Parks. 

Women Building the Tunnel Tops

Meet the women behind the construction of the new Presidio Tunnel Tops project in this live panel facilitated by a Crissy Field Center youth leader. Learn about the Presidio Tunnel Tops project and hear about the all-women project management team’s journeys to careers building parks.

Women of the Marin Headlands

How have women contributed to the story of the Marin Headlands? In recognition of Women’s History Month, National Park Ranger Lara Volski will provide a look at different women who have played a role in the history, stewardship, and preservation of the seaswept bluffs and coastal prairies just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Faces of the Resistance

From the pools of Sutro Baths to the promenades of the Presidio, members of the Black community in San Francisco have constructed a legacy of resistance against discrimination that still stands today. Join Ranger Alanna and Ranger Hector to uncover these stories of resilience throughout time.

Every Kid Outdoors - Free Park Pass for 4th and 5th Graders

Meet Park Ranger Mariajose from Golden Gate National Recreation Area and join her on a virtual adventure to explore the diverse natural and cultural features your national parks have to offer.

The Hike by Alison Farrell, read in Mandarin

Mike Sun, Presidio Trust Community Partnership Specialist, reads the Summer Stride 2020 book selection, The Hike by Alison Farrell, in Mandarin.

Ohlone Games: The Game of Staves

Experience Ohlone natural/cultural history, through stories, games and art. Participants learn how to make and play a traditional Ohlone game, which introduce them to some indigenous plants found in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, your local National Park.

Kitty O’Meara and Luis Herrera in Conversation

Kitty O’Meara and Luis Herrera discuss And The People Stayed Home, O’Meara’s new illustrated children’s book of her popular prose poem about the global coronavirus pandemic. Hear how O’Meara wrote the poem in one sitting.

International Literacy Day 

Take a virtual exploration and a reading adventure at Lands End with Jaclyn Lim and Yakuta Poonawalla – your Park Friends from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

The Gray & Green & In-Between: Park Careers

Meet your Park Rangers and park friends in this live panel exploring careers in your national parks and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Hear about their journeys to a park career and how you too can join them someday as part of the park family.

All About Bats with Katie Smith

Bats are unique, interesting and beneficial. Tune in to find out how and why we study these mysterious creatures of the night.

La Caminata - ¡Lea con sus guardaparques!

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.

Alison Farrell’s Nature Crafts

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

StoryWalk with Us at the Presidio Promenade

Take a stroll with Mike Sun, Presidio Trust Community Partnership Specialist, along the Presidio Promenade. Mike will read our Summer Stride 2020 book selection, The Hike by Alison Farrell, and enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way.  

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

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.


S'morey Storytime with Ranger Mariajosé

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.

Birthplace of the LGBTQ Rights Movement—The Stonewall Inn

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.

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Conor Knighton: Leave Only Footprints

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.

Virtual Visit to Lands End 

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! 

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.

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.