The Open Space Council Blog


Telling the story

May 28, 2013

Yes! The 14th annual Open Space Conference was held on May 16, 2013 at the Golden Gate Club in the Presidio of San Francisco. We sold out with 370 people filling the main room plus an overflow room. The Roving Ranger greeted us to the Presidio Trust‘s beautiful Golden Gate Club. The Exhibitor Halls were full of these groups plus a mountain lion and a bear. The agenda was full of speakers with a variety of perspectives and engaging presentations (most of which are available for download here). But it’s hard to tell the story about the conference with these few sentences.

There are many ways to tell the story. First, there are photos:

GGC with 2013 OSC






See many more photos here. Our huge thanks to Jen Hale for so beautifully capturing the day with her camera and for setting up the photo booth. This was our 4th year with the photo booth and the library we’re building is impressive!

Another way to tell the story of the conference is what attendees have shared us in our online survey and by email:


We also heard several ways we can improve the conference and we’re already thinking about how to do so in 2014. Thanks to everyone who has shared ideas, suggestions and feedback of any kind.

Another way to tell the story is with Twitter. If you looked around the room at the conference there were people tapping away on their phones and iPads, sharing their thoughts, taking pictures, and tagging them with #2013OSC. Here’s a snippet of what happened on Twitter:




Thanks to everyone was involved in the conference including:

Big thanks to this year’s sponsors who are making it all possible.


Lead sponsor
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Ecosystem level

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy



Watershed level





Park level

Adler & Colvin

California State Parks Foundation


Farallone Pacific

Garcia and Associates

H.T. Harvey and Associates

The Planning Center – DC&E

Peninsula Open Space Trust

Restoration Design Group

Sempervirens Fund

Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District

Sonoma County Regional Parks

Sonoma Land Trust

And special thanks to:

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