Posted by: Kirsten | Monday, 5 November 2007

Interactive Gateway to Golden Gate

Golden Gate National Recreational Area’s numerous parks chronicle two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco. 

Their website (choose “For Kids”, then “Park Fun”) has a number of interactive games that are sure to get the kids interested in a visit to one or more of these Bay Area parks, including Fort Mason, Alcatraz Island, Muir Woods, Marin Headlands, the Presidio, Crissy Field, and Fort Point.

Go Silver and Blue

Go Silver and Blue
Quick! Name the endangered butterfly whose habitat is the northern and southern headlands of the Golden Gate National Parks. How does this butterfly survive by relying on its ecological buddies? Follow the silver leaf trail to discover how park professionals and student volunteers mix up scientific investigations with community stewardship to restore critical habitat.

Mission Quilt Game

Mission Quilt
How do you protect a coyote? How do you track a hawk? What does a red fist tell you? Piece together the Mission Quilt and find out about the plants, animals, and cultural traditions that make-up the Golden Gate NRA. What’s protected and why.

Battle for the Dunes

Battle for the Dunes
Did you ever wonder what it’s like to work in a national park? Well, here’s your chance. See if you can win the “Battle for the Dunes,” an interactive game that challenges you to use speed and knowledge to overcome an invading plant species. These dunes need your help!

Flora and Fauna

Wild and the City
Animal instincts tracked, photographed, and explained in the park’s online Wildlife Guide. See what’s endangered and what’s not.


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