Nature in the City: Mapping San Francisco’s Ecosystem

More than a map and stories of trails, natural areas and local species, this large-scale depiction of the San Francisco Peninsula is a rich artistic and scientific rendering of local, regional, continental and global scales across space and time. It’s an invitation to children and adults to learn, to walk, to tend, and to love conserving the essential beauty of the region’s ecosystem.

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The first map published in 2005, in an edition of 5,000 copies, gave rise to loud demand for more. In 2007, we distributed 50,000 copies of a revised edition to schools, hikers, naturalists, government agencies, museums, and more. Now, with new demand because of heightened interest in local nature and desire to counteract climate change, this print run is to be another 50,000. This map measures 24 x 36 inches but is easily portable as a folded 6 x 9 map. Its beautiful large-scale is perfect for wall display and education providing riveting facts and graphic artwork depicting the abundance of nature in San Francisco.

Get your San Francisco Nature in the City Map: 

Check your interest below and we will follow up with you.

Buy maps: Yes, I’d like to order maps. $___ per map (intended for museums, cafes, bookshops, stores, hotels, visitor centers, galleries, etc...) 

Free maps: Yes, I’d like to find out if I qualify for free maps (limited quantity available for schools, public institutions and non-profits) 

Prototype reviews: Yes, I’m interested in participating in these. Have something to say about maps, nature, science, education and how we make Map 3.0 the best yet?  Prototype review sessions will be held July-August with dates to be determined.

Join the Party! Yes, I’d like to come to the map print launch party. Date to be determined.

Other interest: let us know your interest in nature, maps, and/or if you’d like to work with us as a volunteer.

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Early prototyping session with the Institute for Creative Integration May 2017. 

Early prototyping session with the Institute for Creative Integration May 2017. 

Photo of collaborative team and sampling of team affiliations. 

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    Nature in the City is indebted to our highly talented team of map collaborators. Thank you to the artists, writers, scientists, and naturalists and to our City departments for the many ways they gave generously of their time, expertise and good humor:

    • Leah Elamin, Designer www.__________________
    • Mary Ellen Hannibal, Writer
    • Lindsay Irving, Project Manager & Data Visualization Specialist
    • Jane Kim, Artist
    •  California Academy of Sciences, _________________________
    • Exploratorium, _______________________
    • Presidio Trust, Damien Raffa
    • SF Department of the Environment, ___________
    • SF Department of Planning,
    • SF Public Library, __________________________
    • SF Recreation & Parks Department,

    Thank you to the Friedman-French Foundation for their generous gift supporting the workflow and production costs for printing the Nature in the City maps.