Institute at the Golden Gate


The Institute at the Golden Gate advances environmental preservation and global sustainability by facilitating cross-sector dialogue and collaboration, encouraging new partnerships, and promoting action. Connect. Collaborate. Inspire. Act.

Who We Are

The Institute is a home for leaders across all sectors who strongly believe it will take a fundamental shift in behavior, and a new kind of partnership, to advance environmental sustainability.

The Institute is a program of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in partnership with the National Park Service, created to serve as a catalyst to connect, collaborate, inspire, and act on behalf of our planet.

What We Do

We convene and collaborate with nonprofit, for-profit, and government groups to broker long-term relationships that drive positive environmental change. Our signature conference, Turning the Tide, gathers hundreds of eco-innovators for meetings, panel discussions, working groups, and spotlight lectures. Learn more >

Who We Serve

We bring together environmentalists, business executives, philanthropists, inventors, venture capitalists, scientists, social entrepreneurs, youth activists, and engaged leaders from across all sectors committed to advancing global sustainability.

We create opportunities for nonprofit and government entities to join this network by providing affordable green meeting space, and connecting emerging leaders and organizations through their shared vision. Meet our network >

Where We Are

The Institute is based at historic Fort Baker in the Golden Gate National Parks. Nestled beneath the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito, Calif., we offer an inspiring backdrop for learning, contemplation, and collaborative dialogue and action to address environmental challenges. Host your next meeting here >



Park Prescriptions Park Prescriptions

Prescribing public lands for health.

The Institute supports a coalition of public lands managers, healthcare providers, and community leaders that collaboratively utilize parks and public spaces as healthcare solutions. These pioneers prevent lifestyle diseases like obesity and heart disease, connect families to nature, and promote the health of parks as relevant to human health. Learn more >

       Xanterra Parks and Resorts Food for the Parks

Serving local, sustainable food in America’s most treasured places.

Around the country, parks are electing to serve locally- and sustainably-produced food in their dining halls. These healthy, environmentally friendly menu options support park missions to protect natural and cultural resources. In turn, park purchasing supports local food economies and drives a demand for quality food. Learn more >

       Copyright 2011 - Tony Rath of Tony Rath Photography Sustainable Communities Through Tourism

Building responsible tourism economies to support communities internationally.

From constructing greener infrastructure to promoting markets for local goods and services, the Institute incubates innovative solutions that leverage tourism for sustainable development. Around the globe, this social entrepreneurship supports conservation efforts while bolstering local economies. Learn more >