I & E News @GGNRA

September 2013


Thanks to Mia, Theresa and Marcus and others for reviewing and taking action on the 170 page Safety Inspection Report within the 30 days that it was issued to us. Luckily most items that needed addressing included reorganizing supplies or replacing numerous surge protectors. Work orders have been placed for other items but please keep on these until we have final fixes and the safest work environment possible.


Lands End Topo Map
Thanks to the great work of Michael Faw and others the Lands End Area Topo Map was installed last week near the Lookout. This concrete cast of the Lands End area is incredibly detailed and beautifully done. Best of all it is accessible to those with visual impairments and many others!

Fort Point Braille Brochure and Map

If you have not seen this you will have to ask for it at Fort Point of the Presidio Visitor Center. A braille map shows all three floors of the Fort as well as other information- make me wish I could read Braille!


Krista Farley, MAHE Seasoal

Krista Farley grew up calling Redwood National Park home. The next stop was the big city, where she attended San Francisco State University, interned with DOJ, and spent much of her down time exploring GGNRA sites. After obtaining her bachelor’s degree in May of 2013, she is now stationed at the Marin Headlands and loving every minute of her first season with NPS!

Congratulations Mia Monroe for her 35 years of National Park Service and Kelli English for her 15 years of Service. Both of you bring an amazing amount dedication and passion to your jobs and you have already left a lasting legacy at this park.

Congratulations to Lucy Scott receiving the Unsung Hero Award. Lucy received the Unsung Hero Award for her work with Interpretation to streamline systems in the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods and to improve the camping system. Lucy was recognized by her peers for her positive, enthusiastic attitude and her "behind the scenes" initiative.

Congratulations to Dan Unger who will be retiring after 23 incredible years of service. Dan has been our Alcatraz night ranger but done so much more for the island. Thank you and best wishes on your retirement.

Congratulations Jose Roldan! On August 6 at 6:26 am, Jose became a new father with the birth of his son Ruben. Baby Reuben came a bit early but both baby and mama are doing well and we wish them all the best!

Lou Sian, our Pathways Ranger at Muir Woods will be moving over to the Outreach Team. While still closely with the Muir Woods Interpretive team, she will be working with Kelli English and others in expanding outreach efforts to underserved communities in the north district.


MacBeth at Fort Point

Friday, Sep. 6th 2013 at 6pm to Sunday, Oct. 6th 2013 at 6pm

Marine Drive

San Francisco, CA

We Players remounts our epic production of Macbeth at Fort Point (first produced in 2008) Thur- Sundays Sept 6- Oct 6. Multiple performance trajectories wind through the dark stone corridors, narrow passageways, expansive brick casemates, and inner chambers of the fort. On the parade ground, in the direct onslaught of the billowing fog and relentless wind, the witches work their charms. The Golden Gate bridge soars overhead, the city skyline flickers – join us for a full sensory immersion into Macbeth’s Scotland as it collides with Civil War era and modern day San Francisco. For more information go to


Much applaud to Theresa Griggs and Andrew Felton on this one.


Take a listen to KAWL public radio 91.7 FM to hear Benny Batom and the Sounds of Alcatraz. A fun piece that will really get you feeling what Alcatraz has been like the last couple of months. Great job Benny!

We are gearing up for the National Geographic Bioblitz event to be held March 28-28, 2014. Nancy Caplan and Michelle O'Heron recently made a presentation to the Interp and Education Management Team to tell us more. Basically, this is an all hands on deck weekend so please do plan on working that Friday and Saturday. The event will:

  • Recruit as many as 200 scientists
  • Engage as many as 1,200 community scientists in conducting inventories
  • Engage 6,000 people including 2,000 youth in field science activities and the biodiversity festival

Check out the video from the 2011 Saguaro National Park Bioblitz in Arizona http://www.npca.org/news/magazine/all-issues/2012/winter/video-lets-take-this-outside.html

Climate Change Survey. Interp and Education Rangers, don't forget to fill out the survey by Sept 15th. It should take less than ten minutes of your time. Please use this link to access the survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=nK_2bxbC31NSWTcS26JKfT8Q_3d_3d

SAVE THE DATE: Dec 11 morning is the next planned IGT (Interpretive Get Together) on Alcatraz. We hope to have ALL of the staff in our division attend for the first time ever. Hear what is going on in the division, meet with colleges, be a part of a group picture. Breakfast will be provided.

Michele Gee

Chief of Interpretation & Education
Golden Gate National Recreation Area

National Park Service

Fort Mason Building 201

San Francisco, CA 94123