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Free Public Talks are postponed until Fall 2021, instead . . .

Urban Forums: Walk & Talk

Satudays at 12 noon unless otherwise noted.

At various locations (see below)

A new kind of outdoor gathering to replace our normal schedule of indoor public talks. These will be shorter urban walks with a guest speaker or two, ending in a place where we can sit (safely) and have an open conversation about history, public space, and the themes that come up along the way.

(Due to pandemic restrictions, we have limited capacity on our tours. If you RSVP in the last week, you may be put on a waiting list.)


Our Public Talks are partly underwritten by the City Lights Foundation and The Seed Fund


Download the Spring 2021 calendar as a pdf

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Archive of past talks

Online audio archive of past talks, listed by type:

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Saturday March 6

Bernal Heights and the Bernal Cut

Visit earthquake shacks, WPA stairways, and the Bernal Cut Path. Discover traces of the Spring Valley Water Company. Plus incomparable views, and the new Esmeralda Steps extensions on both sides of the hill.

Limited capacity, RSVP required: shaping@foundsf.org

This Walk & Talk is already full. We will add you to our waiting list if you RSVP, and keep you posted on whether or not we can accommodate you on this one.

Saturday April 10

Presidio: El Polín Spring to Crissy Field

El Polín Spring and the area around it is a great example of how National Park stewardship has brought history to life. Follow the water through MacArthur Meadow, the Tennesee Hollow watershed, to the Crissy Field marshes—including the newly restored Quartermaster Reach.

Limited capacity, RSVP required: shaping@foundsf.org


This Walk & Talk is already full. We will add you to our waiting list if you RSVP, and keep you posted on whether or not we can accommodate you on this one.

Saturday June 26

Dogpatch, Pier 70, Warm Water Cove

Explore the ecological, architectural, and social history of the oldest industrial enclave in San Francisco, now taking on new life adjacent to Mission Bay with thousands of residents and businesses pouring in.

Limited capacity, RSVP required: shaping@foundsf.org

This Walk & Talk is already full. We will add you to our waiting list if you RSVP, and keep you posted on whether or not we can accommodate you on this one.