Photo Credits: Jessica Weinberg, NPS

San Francisco Bay Area national parks lie within an area widely recognized for its unique Mediterranean climate and amazing ecological diversity. The region’s spectacular array of land-based habitats ranges from shady forests and lush, tree-lined riparian zones to arid, fire-hardy chaparral and coastal scrub and coastal prairie—the most diverse type of prairie. It also includes a broad array of fresh and salt water wetlands and coastal habitats like dunes and beaches. Learn more about each of these unique habitat types on the following pages.