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Nonprofit San Francisco City Guides debuts its Climate Change at Crissy Field tour

By Amanda Christensen

Guide Matt Larsen (second from right)  with a tour group at Crissy Field
Guide Matt Larsen (second from right) with a tour group at Crissy Field || Photo by Rose Feeney

San Francisco City Guides, a nonprofit organization, offers hundreds of public tours that explore the history, folklore, and cultural diversity of San Francisco. Most recently, it debuted the Climate Change at Crissy Field tour.

“The tour covers the captivating history of Crissy Field, showcasing it as a remarkable success story in climate change mitigation,” says David Leggett, coordinator for the Crissy Field tour. The park is located within the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park and former U.S. Army post. “We explore the transformation of the local geology, climate, flora, fauna, and land use over millennia, alongside future projections.” The half-mile public tour can take groups of up to 25 people, and private tours of larger group sizes can be arranged.

“We gain insights into the National Park Service’s restoration efforts, converting an Army airfield into a thriving marsh habitat that now attracts a diverse array of birds and fish,” Leggett adds. “The discussion extends to the broader effects of climate change on the landscape, oceans, plant life, and wildlife at Crissy Field, within the region, and on a global scale.”

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