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The Many Layers of Fort Funston

May 22, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Nature in the City as we traverse Fort Funston and explore the mosaic of habitats, layers of geology, and shoreline ecosystems.
Fort Funston in springtime is a prime location to see an array of dune wildflowers and lively bank swallows ( Riparia riparia ). Our walk will include a round-trip loop north along the Sunset Trail, down to the beach, south towards the sand ladder and back up. Along the way we’ll talk about the layers of geology at the site, the dynamic shoreline ecosystem, and the plant and animal species that live along the cliffs and dunes.
COVID Guidelines: Nature in the City is following the current San Francisco guidelines , including on group size and masking. Because we cannot guarantee that you will be more than 6 feet from others at all times, we request that everyone wear a mask when with the group, whether vaccinated or not .
Walk Leaders: Emil Fogarino and Laura Castellini
Emil is a local naturalist and educator who recently retired from teaching marine biology and natural history at Washington High SF. As a native San Franciscan Emil enjoys sharing and learning about the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Laura is on the Advisory Council of Nature in the City and works for the National Park Service at GGNRA. She has a background in wetland and stream ecology.
Moderate difficulty with a sandy descent and ascent to the beach, plus walking for less than a mile along the beach.
This walk will be great for kids who are up for a bit of a trek!
Masks, binoculars (optional), sunhat, water, snack, and windbreaker. Walking shoes that you don’t mind getting a little wet are a bonus – you know you’ll want to go right up to the edge of the waves!
Meeting Location:
Meet at the entrance to the hang gliding deck at the west edge of the Fort Funston Parking Lot. Parking is free and abundant.
Muni service to the site has been impacted by COVID. The nearest lines within walking distance are the L-Taraval and the 29 bus.
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Fort Funston
Meet at the hang glider deck
San Francisco, CA 94132 United States
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