Catherine Carlton

San Rafael, CA

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It’s that time of year again – the Institute is hiring our next cohort of Emerging Leader Fellows!
Are you starting out in your career and interested in exploring how parks can help solve some of society’s biggest challenges? Are you looking for an…
2016 was a year of both introspection and action here at the Institute. As an organization, we have continued to grow and evolve. The ongoing change allows us to be flexible and dynamic. It has also meant that we need to constantly assess our organi…
Photo credit: Kirke Wrench, National Park Service
Call me sentimental, but I love the holiday season. I love the lights, the flavors, and the smells. I love that we make time in our busy schedules for friends, for family, for loved ones, and for our…
As we looked to our usual Tuesday blog post, it didn’t feel right to ignore or breeze past the tragic events that have taken place over the past weeks. At the same time, I personally am at a loss for how to begin to process the heart breaking news f…
On May 7, hundreds of community members braved the elements to participate in the Junior Ranger Jamboree on Crissy Field. The Jamboree was coordinated by the organizations that serve youth in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area along with the S…
As we enter into our final week of recruiting for our next class of Emerging Leaders Fellows, I’ve been reflecting on the impact that the program has had on the Institute and the amazing influence that the individual fellows have had on our team.
He…
The Institute is excited to announce that we are now recruiting for our third class of Emerging Leaders Fellows!
Our Fellowship for Emerging Leaders is one of the Institute’s newest initiatives, which seeks to empower people who are just starting ou…
As I am still struggling to remember to end all of my dates with a “6” rather than a “5”, it feels like it is not yet too late to reflect on the past year and ponder what the next year may bring.
2015 saw a lot of change at the Institute. We welcome…
Last week Oksana and I headed downtown to join the throngs of scientists, researchers, students, and educators flocking to the American Geophysical Union’s Fall Meeting at the Moscone Center. AGU is the largest Earth and space science meeting in the…
Last Thursday, I hopped on an early morning flight and made my way to Estes Park, Colorado. You may not think of the little mountain town that serves as an entry to the Rocky Mountains as a hub of urban thought and innovation, but last week that is…
Here at the Institute, we are BIG believers in collaboration. As a small but mighty team, we realize that to have the biggest possible impact and to create the change we want to see, we need to seek out, engage, and support other organizations to ac…
The Institute is happy to announce the Fellowship for Emerging Leaders Class of 2015! Rhianna and Sophia have traveled across the United States to be a part of our team here at the Institute at the Golden Gate and we are delighted to have them. We'l…
The Institute at the Golden Gate seeks to support park leaders in effectively stewarding the natural and cultural resources under their care, creating long-term methods for ensuring the sustainability of these important systems. With our increased d…
Nearly one year ago, the Institute hosted a multidisciplinary conference that explored cutting edge research and best practice around climate change education and communication. Parks: The New Climate Classroom provided a wide-ranging, high-level di…
Last Thursday, Institute team members joined over 400 participants in attending the 15th  Annual Open Space Conference put on by the Bay Area Space Council at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio. This year’s conference theme focused on Welcoming, I…