What’s Tennessee Hollow? Check it out here on this map: Tennessee Hollow Watershed Self-Guided Walking Tour. It’s the home of El Polin Springs, the site of recent tours hosted by the Presidio Trust.
Take a look at the Overall Tennessee Hollow Restoration Project Timeline and then decide if you’d like to finance the restoration of this area from about 2010 to 2015. You might be able to do it. All it would take is something like low 8-figures. Seriously. Are you going to live forever? How will people remember you?
Now, on with the show.
Damien Raffa, Presidio Trust Education/Volunteer Program Manager, guides some of the 100+ people who showed up for today’s walking tours. (The future doesn’t look bright for the housing and car parking spaces seen in the background.) Click to expand:
This is it, the spring itself flowing over a notched dam (aka weir) to the delight of a thirsty Allen’s Hummingbird.
FYI, hummingbirds don’t like to share so they are in constant battle over access to the spring. This reliable watering hole attracts all sorts of birds and bird watchers.
Stone well at El Polin Springs. The metal plaque that should be in the foreground was stolen in 2005, possibly by filthy dog-owning “white thrash” per Francisco Da Costa.
Here’s how you can ENJOY THE WATERSHED. See you there!
Take a Walk – To join a monthly docent-led tour of the watershed, call the Visitor Center at (415) 561-4323.
Volunteer – Join us for new opportunities to volunteer in the watershed. Call (415) 561-5333. Be a part of planting efforts that begin on November 22, 2008 and continue through early 2009.
KIDS on Trails – Download a self-guided tour bookletthat acquaints children aged 5-9 with the Ecology Trail, which runs from Inspiration Point through the watershed. You can also get a copy at the Presidio Visitor Center, 50 Moraga Avenue.
Kids Quest Treasure Hunt – A “Quest” is a self-guided treasure hunt through a landscape. A free Quest guidebook to the watershed, appropriate for kids of all ages, is available at the Presidio Visitor Center, 50 Moraga Avenue.
Self-Guided Tour – Download a map of Tennessee Hollow and create your own day in the watershed.
Dig It- Archaeological research exploring colonial-era life at El Polin Springs continues. To learn about ways to participate or observe, or to offer input on the new interpretive gardens, contact the Presidio Archaeology Lab at (415) 561-ARCH.
Play: Enjoy one of the park’s playing fields.