Posts Tagged ‘DRAGONFLY CREEK’

Family Fun at the Presidio! Tree Lighting, Bike-Friendly Saturday, Night Hiking, Dragonfly Creek Stewardship, Art Stuff

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

[UPDATE: Uh oh, looks as if the "Bike-Friendly Saturday" YMCA Y-Bike event on December 3, 2011 has been cancelled. :( ]

Appears as if our Presidio Trust has got you covered in December 2011.

But let’s check with the Great Yoda of Chestnut Street:

Via niallkennedy – click to expand

Yep, he’s all, “Covered you are.”

Check it:

Holiday Lights Tree Lighting – Friday, December 2

Join the Presidio community for the Holiday Lights Tree-Lighting Ceremony, a Presidio tradition. The gathering will be held on Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Meet at the corner of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue in the Main Post (across the street from the Presidio YMCA). Bring your singing voice . . . music will be provided by the Golden Gate Carolers. Refreshments will follow. After the festivities, stick around for an Evening Forest Walk, beginning at 6:15 pm. This family-friendly, 20-minute lantern walk will allow you to experience the enchanting park in the dark. Bring a flashlight! For more information, visit the website.

Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek – Saturday, December 3

Join us for Presidio Volunteer Day at Dragonfly Creek on Saturday, December 3, from 8 am to 1 pm. At this special commemorative stewardship event, Presidio staff will host diverse volunteer activities highlighting restoration and sustainability. Projects include planting, weeding, and spreading mulch at Dragonfly Creek, as well as various stewardship activities at the Presidio nursery, salvage yard, and nearby gardens. Come out and lend a hand! Family-friendly. All ages welcome. If you are a bird enthusiast, arrive at 8 am for a Fort Scott bird walk. Volunteer check-in begins at 8:30am. Registration is required. Call (415) 561-5333 or email volunteer@presidio.gov.

Bike-Friendly Saturday at the Presidio YMCA – December 3

Join the Presidio Community YMCA for a bike-friendly Saturday! Its YBike Instructors will lead biking activities for all ages. There will be two group rides: one for children 12 and older, and another for families with children of all ages. The Y will also offer Learn to Ride and Basic Skills lessons. This event will take place from 9 am to Noon on Saturday, December 3 at the Presidio YMCA Main Post Gym, located at 63 Funston Avenue. Please visit YBike for more information.

Family Night Hike – Saturday, December 3

Come join us for a night time adventure for all ages in the Presidio! The Family Night Hike will be held on Saturday, December 10, from 5:30 to 7 pm. This naturalist-led event will start and end at the newly renovated Rob Hill Campground, just off Washington Boulevard overlooking Baker Beach. On this relaxed walk, we will learn about the unique natural and cultural history of the Presidio illuminated by a half moon and starry night sky. The walk will end with a campfire and story at Rob Hill Campground. There will be a 25 person limit on this walk, so make reservations as spaces go fast! RSVP required to Alisha Cahlan at acahlan@presidiotrust.gov. Wear comfortable walking shoes, layered clothing, and bring a water bottle.

Create With Nature at Rob Hill – Saturday, December 10

Family Create With Nature:
Sculpture in the Park
Saturday, December 10
10 am to Noon (drop in anytime)
Meet at Rob Hill Campground
Families! Flowers, pine cones, leaves, stones, branches, bark, and other wonders of nature are the inspiration and the materials for this day of spontaneous collaborative artistic expression. Get creative, and have fun while appreciating and honoring nature. RSVP to nature@presidiotrust.gov or (415) 561-4449.

Christmas with Walt Disney Screens in December

This holiday season the Walt Disney Family Museum at the Presidio is featuring the film Christmas with Walt Disney. Look back at the ways Walt celebrated the holidays — at home, at work, at play, on TV and at the Studios. From animated cartoons to rare home movies, this holiday movie was produced by Don Hahn—Academy Award®-nominated producer of Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, and is narrated by Walt’s daughter Diane. The film screens daily at 1 and 4 pm (except Tuesdays and on December 10). Tickets are available online. For details, visit www.waltdisney.org. The museum is located at 104 Montgomery Street, on the Main Post, in the Presidio.

Our Presidio Trust is Daylighting San Francisco’s Dragonfly Creek – Here’s What It Looks Like

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

So, first it was all like this:

 

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But now it’s all like this:

All the deets:

“PRESIDIO CREEKS SPRING BACK TO LIFE – RESTORATION OF DRAGONFLY CREEK NEXT STEP IN UNCOVERING PARK’S HIDDEN WATERWAYS

Presidio of San Francisco (September 21, 2011) — As the height of dry season arrives in San Francisco, the work to restore and expand the wetlands at Dragonfly Creek begins again this week in the Presidio. This effort provides an exciting opportunity to improve the parkland for both wildlife and visitors.

This is just one of a number of restoration projects in the Presidio and across the Bay Area intended to bring long buried or obscured waterways back to the surface, a process described as “daylighting,” which consists of excavating fill, removing buried culverts, and contouring the soil to create more natural, above-ground stream channels.

The many environmental and community benefits of these revitalization projects are currently visible in the Presidio, where Dragonfly Creek is one of several waterways that will be daylighted over the next couple of years.

“We have a unique opportunity in the Presidio to restore this creek to a more natural state,” says Mark Frey, an ecologist with the Presidio Trust. “Dragonfly Creek supports a remarkable diversity of native plants and animals.”

Revitalization of the creek, located in the historic Fort Scott district near the Presidio Native Plant Nursery, began several years ago with removal of eucalyptus trees and other non-native plants in favor of native wetland species. Now, as part of the environmental mitigation efforts associated with construction of the Presidio Parkway, the Trust is working with Caltrans to restore and expand the creek’s wetlands. Excavation and removal of Army-era fill will widen the floodplain, allowing the creek water to flow more freely and increase new wetland habitat. As a result, a small thicket of willows that grows along the creek and is teeming with birds will expand to four times its current size.

“We are pleased to have this opportunity to restore Dragonfly Creek,” says Craig Middleton, Executive Director of the Presidio Trust. “We thank Caltrans for its commitment to restoring the scenic beauty and natural character of this area as part of the Presidio Parkway project.”

The Presidio’s first daylighting project began six years ago in the area known as Thompson’s Reach, in the lower Tennessee Hollow watershed near Crissy Field. As part of that habitat restoration effort, the Trust removed some 77,000 tons of debris from the former Army landfill site, and a 400-foot section of creek was taken out of an underground pipe and brought to the surface. That winter volunteers planted 35,000 native plants of 100 different species in the area. The abundance of wildlife that has moved in— including birds, salamanders, spiders and rare butterflies—gives testament to the site’s success. A video highlighting the transformation at Thompson’s Reach can be seen at www.youtube.com/presidiosf#p/u/9/gPLmzJKtyRk

Daylighting’s history stretches back nearly four decades, but with public interest growing and community planners becoming more aware of the benefits, such projects have gained a new popularity in recent years. In addition to the efforts in the Presidio, three other projects are in the works in San Francisco and another in downtown Berkeley. Projects are also being planned or undertaken in cities as diverse as Reno, Nevada; Seattle; Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island and Zurich, Switzerland.

In addition to the work at Dragonfly Creek, the Trust is planning its most extensive and dramatic daylighting project at Quartermaster Reach, between Thompson’s Reach and the Crissy Field marsh, where the creek lies buried beneath a decaying parking lot. The plan re-unites this disjointed piece of habitat with the surrounding wetlands, transforming the lot into a large natural wetland full of native plants and animals. The creek will be unearthed and eucalyptus trees and other invasive species removed, creating a contiguous stretch of above ground stream flowing from Thompson’s Reach into Crissy Field marsh. Work is expected to begin as early as 2013.

Additional daylighting projects in the Tennessee Hollow watershed are set to begin in the next several years.

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park is home to 13 distinctive plant communities featuring 280 native plant species, 16 of which are rare or endangered. Thousands of hours of volunteer work have restored many acres of natural resource habitat. The Presidio Native Plant Nursery grows 60,000 plants each year to make this restoration possible. 21st-Century “green” practices are employed in all building and landscape rehabilitation efforts.”