Crissy Field was an immensely popular destination for locals and tourists alike even before its restoration, but now Crissy Field reflects the grandeur and the beauty that surrounds it. Stroll the promenade, have a picnic, check out the meadows and marshes, sign up for a stimulating program, or just sit and enjoy some of the most spectacular Bay and Golden Gate Bridge views around.Walking and biking tours include a "survival skills" easy one-mile hike, an aviation walk, tours conducted in Spanish, historical tours of the plight of Japanese-Americans during WWII, and the Presidio Bird Blitz, among many, many others.Crissy Field Center is a nonprofit multicultural environmental center, operated in partnership by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service (NPS), and the Presidio Trust. The Center offers programs, workshops and summer camps to school groups, community-based organizations, and the general public. A majority of the programming is offered for free or at a low cost, and proceeds from café sales support these educational programs. Visit the center for rotating exhibits, drop-in workshops, volunteer activities, and special outdoor events, like the Family Campfires, which include s'mores and a great audio tour of the Presidio’s history.Classes:
Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Crissy Field is a most inspiring urban outdoor classroom. The Crissy Field Center, which had temporarily relocated to one of the nation's greenest park-based buildings at 1199 East Beach Drive, offers an arts workshop, an urban ecology lab, computer, media lab, and community gathering room and an incredible array of unique programs and workshops. The Center is open to registered program participants and you can find out about upcoming classes, workshops, and events by visiting www.crissyfield.org.The Center offers programs for teens, including I-YEL, which encourages, prepares, and challenges young people from diverse backgrounds to be advocates for environmental and social change. Crissy Field Center offers free Ranger-led walks and talks, self-guided programs, and for-fee classes and workshops for families, youth, and adults. Please visit the park calendar regularly to find the latest cool classes for kids and families.Camps:
Crissy Field Center has created a rich combination of urban environmental and National Park–based summer day camps for kids in grades 1–6. A partnership of the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Crissy Field Center offers campers an unforgettable experience as they explore the outdoors in the Golden Gate National Parks, and then put their hands and minds to use in Crissy Field Center's state-of-the-art ecology, computer, and sustainable art labs.Camp offerings:The center offers a wide array of camps for kids in different grade levels. The Counselors-in-Training (CIT) program is open to high school students.2013 Two-week Summer Sessions:Dates: June 10–August 2Ages: Grades 1–6Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 9am–4pmCost: $520–$749; scholarships availableExtended care: 8am–8:50am or 4pm–5:15pm (additional fees apply)Urban Trail Blazers get hands on experience caring for a National Park. Campers work with real park rangers to build and care for park trails. They will also hike the Juan Bautista de Anza trail, go kayaking, and camping in the Presidio. Participants must be enrolled in a public middle school in San Francisco.2013 Four-week Summer Sessions:Dates: June 12–July 24Ages: Grades 6–8Days/Times: Mondays through Fridays, 9:30am–2:45pm
Participants earn a $250 award for full participation in the program.Eats:
Warming Hut is a terrific cafe at the western end of Crissy Field. It's a gathering place for families, playdates, walkers, Stroller Striders, bikers, and tourists. The food at the cafe is mostly made from organic or local/sustainable products and produce. Bring your treats to the outdoor picnic tables, grab a spot on the lawn, or take your snacks to the beach that's about half a mile away. The bookstore is a great place to get gifts, books about the Bay Area, and environmentally friendly toys.
The Beach Hut snack bar features a "Small Hands" kids menu along with locally grown, organic, and sustainably-grown items and fair trade tailor-made coffee drinks.