Headlands Center for the Arts is located on Northern California’s Pacific Coast in the Marin Headlands—2100 windswept acres of hills, cliffs, coves, and beaches just north of San Francisco—in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
GGNRA is one of the largest urban parks in the world and is known for its rich biodiversity, a result of the unique geology and the variety of habitats and microclimates in the region. The park encompasses 59 miles of bay and ocean shoreline that was originally home to the Native American Coastal Miwok, and has military fortifications that span centuries of California history, from the Spanish conquistadors to Cold War–era Nike missile sites.
In total, the Recreation Area is home to 1,273 plant and animal species, including 53 species of mammals, 250 species of birds, 20 species of reptiles, and 11 species of amphibians. Depending on where you are, you may spy coyotes, owls, bobcats, deer, wild turkeys, seals, raptors, rabbits, banana slugs, frogs, snakes, butterflies, and various other species.
Headlands’ location, just 15 minutes outside of San Francisco, provides participating artists easy access to the Bay Area’s vibrant arts community and affords artists and visitors alike the unique opportunity to be immersed in a vast and inspiring natural environment—a place where time, scale, and perspective are all relative.