Gentle July

Halfway Through the Summer Already!

Reading Rangers Summer Stride Book Tour with the SF Public Library

Hello VIPs!

The San Francisco Public Library in partnership with the Parks Service has kicked off their Summer reading program earlier last month. This is a great way to involve kids with their neighborhood library branches and keep them engaged with reading and learning activities! From now until mid-August, each week will be a new opportunity to take part in capturing iconic shots of kids with rangers around the city. If any of you would like to learn more about specific dates, times, or locations please feel free to ask Cristina or Alison--there will be many familiar faces for those of you who've covered other interpretive programs in recent weeks so let us know if there's someone you'd like to work with again; There are plenty of activities still to come this month and next so stay tuned!

*Further down are the details for this*

Thank you to everyone in our group and keep on taking your camera everywhere you go!

-Cristina and Alison

More Upcoming Dates!

There are lots of upcoming events; here are some dates to keep in mind. Please let us know if you plan to go to any of them and make great photos... and if you have any ideas of your own to go and shoot!

July Schedule:

July 22nd/23rd: Live Archeology Dig at the Presidio! At the Presidio Officer's Club.

10:00am-2:00pm. If interested, please follow the link below:

July 31st: Craft-Making for the Upcoming National Lighthouse Day! At the Presidio Officer's Club. 11:00am-4:00pm (bring family members to make the most of the creative space!)

If interested, please follow the link below:

August 1st: Korean War Memorial Opening Ceremony (Photo Opportunity!) At the San Francisco National Cemetery. 10:00am-12:00pm.

If interested, please follow the link below:

...and many more!

San Francisco Public Library Summer Stride Story Telling

The SF Public Library is hosting Summer reading days in partnership with the NPS and we would love your help with covering some of the many dates that are throughout the coming months. The dates are every Tues/Weds/Thurs starting May 31st and ending August 10th. So many days to choose from! Let Alison or Cristina know if you're interested.

Have a great summer everyone!

Below is a detailed schedule of the Summer Stride dates and locations:


21-Jul----Thurs---Glen Park----GOGA Ranger MariaJose/ WaiHai/KC

26-Jul----Tues---Potrero----GOGA Ranger MariaJose/Stephanie Thornton/KC

27-Jul----Wed---Noe Valley----GOGA Ranger MariaJose/Stephanie Thornton/KC

28-Jul----Thurs---Eureka Valley----GOGA Ranger MariaJose/Stephanie Thornton/KC

10-Aug----Wed---SF Main Library----GOGA Ranger Jose, one more (TBD)

This Month's Spotlight: Dan Friedman and Al Greening!

Hi guys,

Take a look at what your fellow VIPs are up to outside of the program--so many of our volunteers have amazing projects!

Dan Friedman:

Al Greening:

A Look at Recent Work from Our Volunteers

With some new additions to the program, here's a gallery of some amazing shots taken by volunteers in recent weeks--whether it be a landscape or event, the pictures that have been captured are a great reflection of how active and beautiful the park sites are.

Great work everyone!

Haypress Campground Night Shoot--Coming Up Soon!

It's that time again!

VIPs, please join us for a night of food, friendship, and skill building under the stars.

On Saturday, July 30th we will be in the Marin Headlands at the Haypress Campground at sunset--we will take advantage of the low light pollution and proximity to Hawk Hill to hopefully capture some breath-taking shots of the sunset, stars, and cityscape. If you would like to attend, please let us know ASAP as we have to reserve a limited amount of spaces for the site.

We are very excited to have you join us; Updates to this announcement coming soon--can't wait to see you there!


For Those Who May Not Have Heard Yet

Hi VIP photographers

As many of you know, our amazing intern Cristina Flores got a temporary position as a NPS Ranger on Alcatraz for the summer, and is permanently moving on. We’re VERY proud of her, as this represents the first step towards a professional career with the National parks for her.

As happy as we are for her, this means significant changes are ahead for our wonderful program.

Without someone to manage the day-to-day activities of the VIP photographer program, we feel it’s best to let it take a ‘nap’ for the next few months. A new intern will come on board in February 2017, and by then we hope to have a better plan for managing the program, and all of you wonderful volunteers.

What does this mean? Please continue to shoot in the parks, and cover events that you feel are important. Continue to file name and deliver them to the BOX account, but we will probably be unable to do much with the photos after that, unless something changes.

The important thing is to continue creating images, so when the program fires up again in February, we haven’t lost much time.

We aren’t happy about this, but neither the NPS nor the Conservancy has stepped up to support the program past the one six month intern position, causing this gap in coverage.

Michael Faw, Will Elder and I will still be in place, and we may reach out to you if something important or pressing happens, but in general everything will go very quiet for now. We’d rather take a ‘nap’ than do the job poorly.

Thank you for all the amazing work you’ve done for us, all the wonderful images you’ve created and given to the Parks. We greatly value you!

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have, or just to say hi!


Alison Taggart-Barone

Cristina Flores

Michael Faw

Will Elder