Parks & Partners

Sunlight filters through the twisting branches of a dense stand of oak trees
Oak woodland at John Muir National Historic Site

NPS / Robert Steers

The San Francisco Bay Area Network (SFAN) works with eight national park units located along the Pacific coast of central California.

These parks encompass a staggering diversity of ecosystems. Situated in one of the most biologically rich areas in the world, the parks include open ocean and rocky intertidal zones, brackish estuaries and wetlands, and freshwater streams and ponds. On land, habitats include everything from sandy beaches and dunes to grasslands, scrub, and forests, to caves and high rocky spires.


The Inventory & Monitoring Program primarily works in five parks in the region. Follow the links below to learn more about I&M work at each of these parks:


Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center

SFAN also works closely with the Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center and each park's natural resources program to develop sound scientific resources that lead to improved management and preservation. For more information about the learning center please visit:

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

SFAN and GGNPC have worked together on the Early Detection of Invasive Species monitoring program, as well as remaining in close communication on key restoration projects related to habitats monitored by SFAN, including a major salmon habitat restoration effort on Redwood Creek. For more information about the Conservancy, please visit:

Point Blue Conservation Science

SFAN and Point Blue (formerly the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, or PRBO) collaborate on landbird monitoring in Bay Area national park units. Point Blue also collaborates with many NPS partners on a wide range of avian surveys, banding studies, and innovative research. For more information about Point Blue, please visit:

Point Reyes National Seashore Association

SFAN and PRNSA have collaborated for several years on spotted owl and snowy plover monitoring projects. PRNSA has also led several major restoration efforts on National Park Service lands that benefit park resources, including returning natural hydrologic conditions to the Giacomini Wetlands at the mouth of Lagunitas Creek, a key part of the Tomales bay Watershed. For more information about PRNSA, please visit:

Last updated: September 20, 2022