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Dear Friend,

Nature can sustain us through historic and worrisome times.

May 19th will mark 75 years since diplomats from across the globe gathered in Muir Woods to honor the memory of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As World War II wound down, United Nations Conference delegates from 46 nations traveled across the Golden Gate in a spirit of cooperation. It was a moment of reflection in nature to honor the recently deceased leader, and a chance to witness how our natural surroundings had endured during one of humankind’s darkest chapters.

What grew from those charter meetings in San Francisco was the United Nations, and a renewed spirit of international cooperation. While we don’t yet know the positive developments that may come from our current pandemic, we do know that people across the globe have upended their lives to protect the health and safety of humankind everywhere. We also know that, when things get “back to normal,” the redwoods and creeks of Marin County will be there to offer us a sense of continuity and connection.

Protecting that land and that experience for future generations through shared purpose is at the heart of One Tam’s mission. We want to thank our members for allowing us to continue this work. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining us as we work to sustain the open spaces that so often sustain us.

~ Your friends at One Tam

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City Nature Challenge REcap

Inat Find

Photographer Nevin Cullen uploaded this wasp observation to iNaturalist.


Despite the shelter in place, Bay Area-wide participation in the community science and species observation event known as City Nature Challenge actually grew in 2020.

Unlike previous years, smartphone uploads of species photographs skewed toward neighborhoods rather than the far-flung trails that often require vehicle access. In Marin County, 276 people submitted observations on iNaturalist, roughly matching 2019Even close to home, the Marin iNaturalist community recorded a total of 4,633 observations representing 1,021 species total.

Worldwide, 246 cities participated, with 41,000 observers identifying 32,600 species, all record highs for the five-year-old event. Congrats to all who found a way to connect with nature through City Nature Challenge. 

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Nature Near YOu: Ways to Connect to Mt. Tam

Muir Woods Trail

Muir Woods played host to the FDR Memorial 75 years ago. Photo: Paul Myers


Are you missing the trails of Mt. Tam as much as we are? Check out this list of resources which have helped us feel connected:

  • Stay tuned for member-only webinars! We’ll be launching this series later this month with talks from our team leaders about the science and stewardship on the mountain. 
  • This video from our friends at the United Nations Association offers insights on the significance of the 75 anniversary of the FDR memorial in Muir Woods.  
  • Think you already know everything about the GGNRA? Take this interactive quiz from our Parks Conservancy partners.  They also want to make you look way cooler on your next Zoom meeting with some park-themed backgrounds.  
  • If you struggle with the quiz, Sunday's 11 a.m. episode of Open Road on NBC Bay Area will explore the GGNRA. Tune in. 
  • This Saturday is also International Migratory Bird Day. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for tips, including Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Director Allen Fish’s instructions for DIY binoculars. 
  • Download this Bay Area Bird Bingo card and try to spot them all. 

Social Media Spotlight: #OneTam

The View from the West Point Inn

This staff Instagram image was captured on the deck of the West Point Inn.

Have you been spending some of your downtime sifting through old photos? We'd like to see your favorite shots of, around or atop Mt. Tam. Follow us on Instagram and tag us with the #OneTam hashtag and we'll use some of your images to remind people of the beauty that awaits us. 

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Linc to natural Community holds strong

Linc Students Pull Weeds on MCP land

Much of the LINC program will shift online for 2020. Photo: Parks Conservancy


LINC - our popular high school internship program - is still on for Summer 2020 with some key modifications. To meet this moment, the program will be condensed to one month (rather than six weeks) and engage 20 local youth.

Using the lands of Mount Tamalpais as the inspiration, the program will transition to an online distance learning format for this summer. One Tam Youth Program Manager Grecia Pacheco will team up with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy youth program colleagues Elsa Calvillo and Price Sheppy to develop the new curriculum.

The youth team is excited to connect with youth virtually through environmental science education, community service and team building, using online platforms and natural spaces accessible to students in their neighborhoods and communities. The focus this summer is building community, health and wellness, and practicing leadership skills.


About Us

California newt at Lake Lagunitas, Mt. Tam

This California newt was observed at Lake Lagunitas during a January bioblitz.

One Tam works to ensure a healthy, vibrant and diverse landscape for our beloved and iconic Mt. Tam. We are the community-supported partnership of Mt. Tam’s land agencies and managers.

One Team leads programs that care for our mountain, inspire our next generation of land stewards and strengthen our local community. We invite you to join us.

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Going Further, Together

One Tam brings together inspired community members with its five partners to support the long-term stewardship of Mt. Tam.
One Tam Partner Logos: National Park Service, CA State Parks, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin Municipal Water District, and Marin County Parks

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