Nov 16, 2023
As we enter the holiday season, we’re feeling more grateful than ever for what we have – this includes our community, our wild open spaces, and our partners. Here are five things we’re thankful for.
The Presidio wouldn’t be all it is without our volunteers who help us share the Presidio’s story with visitors and care for our natural resources. Come help us make the Presidio a place for future generations to enjoy.
The Presidio is at the heart of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the most visited national parks in the country. The Presidio Trust along with the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy work together as the Partnership for the Presidio to care for this 1,500-acre oasis, and we’re grateful for all we do together, from building the trail system and Presidio Tunnel Tops to operating our Volunteer programs. If you haven’t experienced the Visitor Center yet, drop in to check out all the park retail items, including books on the environment, cute park-centric schwag, and annual national park passes – they make meaningful holiday gifts and all proceeds benefit the park.
If you want to take in a beautiful sense of community, take a walk through the park and experience the Presidio’s residences, often decorated with lights for the holidays, and be sure to stop by and visit the 30-foot-tall Monterey Cypress on the lawn across the street from the Presidio Community YMCA. Each year the tree is lit the first Friday of the month and continues to shine bright throughout the month of December.
There’s no better place to enjoy fresh air and the benefits of outdoor exercise than the Presidio’s great outdoors. The Presidio has 24 miles of trails, 10 scenic overlooks, and some of the most spectacular natural beauty you’ll find anywhere. It’s yours to enjoy!
The holidays are a great time to visit museums and learn something new. Check out The Walt Disney Family Museum with the kids – it’s located in the Montgomery Street barracks across from the Main Parade Lawn – and explore the Presidio’s past and present at the Presidio Officers’ Club museum. The Officers’ Club won the Western Museums Association award for its EXCLUSION exhibit, which examines the Presidio’s role in Japanese American incarceration during World War II.