Earth Day originally began as a celebration of Earth's first birthday, on April 22, 5,000,000,000 B.C., but organizers quickly realized it was easier to turn the focus toward appreciating its beauty than acquiring billions of candles. Commemorate the prolonging of our age-old environment with a one-year membership to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. This deal gets you a basic Park Partner membership (with two membership cards) and entrance to the May 1 Members Day event, among many other perks for $17 (a $35 value).
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Golden Gate National Parks in research and conservation efforts; by purchasing today's Groupon, you'll be showing your support too. Becoming a Park Partner is like acquiring a crime-fighting sidekick, only with less crime fighting and more spandex. Your newfound partner sprawls for many miles, keeps giving you cool stuff, and is focused on the sustainability of Northern California's awe-inspiring redwood forests, historic landmarks, and overall breathtakingness. As today is Earth Day, there's no better gift to give to yourself and to the Earth, conserving two birds with one stone. All members receive two personalized membership cards, a 15% discount on any park-store product purchases, invitations to the monthly Members Hiking Series, a 20% discount during members-only shopping weekends, an invitation to the annual Members Day event, admission to the Conversations with Eco-Innovators lecture series, and much more.
Becoming a Parks Conservancy member is not only an easy way to support an important cause, but also an opportunity to access a social smorgasbord of new connections and interesting activities. Stuff your environmental-interest hole with a variety of goings-on; recent events have included advance screenings of the Disneynature film Oceans, a hike in search of the endangered mission blue butterfly, and a Lands End wildflower walk, just to name a few. Membership paves the way for hiking, trail work, plant and wildlife education, and making wild, plant-based friends. Take baby steps into this world with the May 1 Members Day event, which kicks off Members Appreciation Month (featuring members-only discounts at parks businesses) with a treaure hunt in the Presidio.
Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Since it was erected 75 years ago, the Golden Gate Bridge has welcomed thousands of commuters and connected two pieces of land that, like itself, stand as preserved national parks. Staffers at the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy have maintained the Bridge and more than 40 other local parks for the past 30 years, working to keep them relevant and accessible to visitors while preserving their original structures and native wildlife. Today, guides lead walking tours along the Golden Gate Bridge, walking and ferry tours around Alcatraz Island during the day and at night, and bus tours through Muir Woods. Their conservation staff also hosts regular local events such as botany workshops, endangered species restoration efforts, and youth classes in the history of ethnobotany: the cultural use of plants for food, medicine, and toga-party accessories.