Chris Spence

Sausalito, CA

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On June 1st 2017, I am stepping down as Director of the Institute—five years to the day since I first took on the role. I’ve loved every minute of my time here.
So why am I leaving?
Well, it’s not because of our mission. The opportunity to help make…
How do you stay on top of your game? Here at the Institute, we’re always trying to make sure we’re doing our best work to advance our mission of “parks as problem solvers”. To help us stay on top of our game, we are immensely fortunate to have not o…
With four out of five Americans living in urban areas, you’d be forgiven for thinking that our cities’ parks would be at the front of the line when it comes to resources and funding. After all, the evidence is pretty clear that parks bring enormous…
How can we support and protect nature in our growing and ever-changing cities?
This was the question posed at a recent event, “Bridging the Nature-Culture Divide”. The event, which was organized by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Presidio…
"Welcome, Oksana! We're thrilled and honored that you've joined the Institute team."
What memories will stay with you from 2014?
Here at the Institute, there are several moments and milestones that stand out for me as we pushed forward with our mission to make parks and public lands part of the solution to major societal challenges.…
Here at the Institute at the Golden Gate, we believe the time is ripe to help bring Park Prescriptions to scale. There are dozens of organizations testing the concept in parks and health clinics around the country, and the early results are encourag…
Every day, more than 750,000 people visit America’s National Parks. Many come for the wide array of recreational opportunities: walking, running, biking, hiking, birding, climbing, enjoying a picnic with family or friends – the list is almost endles…
"Thank you for this inspiring blog and for sharing such wonderful stories about the benefits of nature and community!"
“Change is the only constant in life.” 
It’s an old saying that rings true for organizations as well as people.

Here at the Institute at the Golden Gate, we have been ringing in the changes with new colleagues Ruth Pimentel, Hector Zaragoza and Emi…
"We're thrilled and honored to have you on the Institute team and working on these important projects, Hector. Welcome!"
Our National Parks are often called America's best idea. As the U.S. National Park system approaches its 100th anniversary in 2016, the past and future of our parks is a growing subject of discussion. How should parks adapt in this time of rapid eco…