Research in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Research in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Photo Credits: Left & Bottom Right: Jessica Weinberg; Top Right: Mason Cummings.

 The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is comprised of several sites throughout a 60 mile stretch of coastal lands. Within its boundaries are more than half of North America's avian species, nearly one third of California's plant species, and 36 threatened or endangered species. Also one of America's most visited parks, Golden Gate has a rich cultural history and is home to five National Historic Landmarks.

Each year around 50 researchers are granted permits to conduct studies in GGNRA. National Park Service Research and Collecting Permits are granted through the Research Permit and Reporting System. All research done in the park, including that performed by National Park Service employees, requires a permit. The park is responsible for issuing and tracking research permits, and provides support to permitted researchers in the park. Each permit application undergoes a formal, standard process for research permit review and issuance that may take up to 12 weeks.

Additional information about conducting research at Golden Gate is available through the menu at right, or through the Research Permit and Reporting System's Park Info page. If you have further questions, please contact Golden Gate Research Coordinator Kristen Ward.