Panel discussion on the Nature in the City map, including members of the map team:
Amber Hasselbring – Executive Director at Nature in the City
Mary Ellen Hannibal – Writer, Author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction
Jane Kim – Artist, Science Illustrator at Ink Dwell
Lindsay Irving - Project Manager & Cartographer
Susan Schwartzenberg – Content Advisor, Senior Artist & Curator at Exploratorium
Rebecca Johnson – Citizen Science at California Academy of Sciences
Nature in the City Map
Telling the stories of earth-shaking forces, charismatic species, and changing urban habitat, the Nature in the City map is as beautiful as it is informative. Detailed environmental information is woven together with original artwork by Jane Kim, writing by Mary Ellen Hannibal, and design by Leah Elamin.
The map celebrates the abundance of nature and unique ecosystems found right at our doorstep, orienting the viewer to a sense of time and place. 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 for children and adults to learn, to walk, to tend, and to love conserving the essential beauty of the region’s ecosystem. On the map's flip side, four distinct panels tell stories of Shaping the City, Gardening the City, the Resilient City, and Connecting the City.
The map measures 24 x 36 inches and is easily portable as a folded 8 x 6 inch 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.
The map was spearheaded by Nature in the City, a local non-profit dedicated to environmental stewardship and education, in partnership with the SF Department of the Environment, the SF Planning Department, the SF Public Library, the Presidio Trust, and local museums including the California Academy of Sciences and the Exploratorium. In January 2018, 50,000 were printed and are being made available to schools, hikers, naturalists, government agencies, museums, and more.
Free and open to the public