Science Symposia

Photos of speakers from past science symposia


2017 San Francisco Bay Area National Parks Science and Natural Resources Symposium

Thursday, May 11, 2017
Golden Gate Club, Presidio


On May 11th, the San Francisco Bay Area Network of national parks will host its 7th Science and Natural Resources Symposium. This day-long event brings together park staff, volunteers, and partners from a wide range of disciplines to share science-related research, management, and outreach efforts taking place in support of the National Park Service mission: 

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Regardless of what is happening in the world around us, this mission remains the same. However, striving to meet these lofty goals requires adaptability in the face of political, natural, and demographic changes that may be beyond our control. It compels us to use the best available science to inform resource management. It challenges us to go beyond what we have done in the past to engage new audiences in new ways. And, it calls for us to consider how we work with others for the benefit of all. 

This year’s event will highlight examples of the many ways the San Francisco Bay Area National Parks are working to accomplish these goals. 

Important information and links:


  • Information about the venue, including directions and parking information may be found here
  • Please note that lunch is not provided. We strongly suggest that you bring your lunch with you so that you can take advantage of the opportunity to meet and mingle with colleagues in the ample indoor and outdoor seating available on-site. Also, while there are a few places to get food on the Presidio, the options are limited. 


Register here - Registration is free, but space is limited. As we get close to capacity, priority will be given to National Park Service and partner staff, interns, and volunteers.

Download the agenda here - Updated 5/3/17

Download presentation abstracts here - note, the number on each abstract corresponds to the numbered talks on the agenda


Past Symposia

Audio podcasts of some of the days' activities, agendas, presentations, and presentation abstracts are available from the menus on the upper right hand side of this page.

The San Francisco Bay Area Network Natural Resources and Science Symposium has been open to all park staff, federal, state, and local agencies, academic institutions, non-profit park partners, and volunteers. Past presentation topics have included restoration and inventory and monitoring projects, science communication and education, park management in a changing environment (e.g. climate change, invasive species, endangered species), balancing visitation with resource protection, and traditional ecological knowledge.