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From The East Bay

  • From the Bay Bridge, take the Fremont exit
  • Turn left on Fremont Street
  • Fremont Street becomes Front Street
  • Turn left onto Pine Street
  • Drive up Pine Street for 2.7 miles
  • Turn right on Presidio Ave
  • Enter the Presidio at Presidio Blvd and Pacific Ave
  • Once in the Presidio, continue down the hill past the Lombard Street intersection.
  • At the next major intersection, Presidio Blvd curves to the left but do not turn left.
  • Continue straight through the intersection.
  • The street changes names at this point. You are now on Lincoln Blvd. The signage is very small.
  • Girard Rd. is on the right just across the street from the YMCA. Turn right on to Girard Rd.
  • Follow this road for 1 block to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to Edie Rd. After a very short drive you will see a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot. You must pay to park here. Check signage for hours. Buy your ticket to place on your dashboard at a kiosk in the parking lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • During business hours use these directions to enter the building: in the southeast corner of the parking lot where the buildings meet there is a door that is open to the public. There is a huge cypress tree in this corner of the parking lot to serve as a landmark. Walk up the steps and enter the door on the left. Turn to your left and immediately walk through another set of glass doors. Walk down the gallery corridor to the 1st door on the right. Note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.
  • After business hours or if the door in the south east corner is locked, use these instructions to enter the building:
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center.
  • Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009. Use the Security kiosk in front of the glass door to call Pachamama
  • Alliance at #215. We will be able to buzz you in through the door when you call in this way.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

From The Peninsula

  • Take Hwy 380 West
  • To 280 North to San Francisco
  • Follow signs for 19th Ave / Park Presidio Blvd
  • From Park Presidio Blvd, make a right on California
  • Then a left onto Arguello
  • Enter the Presidio at Arguello and Jackson Street
  • Stay to the left.
  • Arguello ends at Moraga
  • Take a right onto Moraga
  • Take a left onto Graham
  • At the stop sign make a right on to Lincoln Blvd.
  • Pass Funston Street on your right hand side and the YMCA.
  • Make your next possible left onto Girard Rd
  • Follow this road for 1 block to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to Edie Rd. After a very short drive you will see a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot. You must pay to park here. Check signage for hours. Buy your ticket to place on your dashboard at a kiosk in the parking lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • During business hours use these directions to enter the building: in the southeast corner of the parking lot where the buildings meet there is a door that is open to the public. There is a huge cypress tree in this corner of the parking lot to serve as a landmark. Walk up the steps and enter the door on the left.Turn to your left and immediately walk through another set of glass doors. Walk down the gallery corridor to the 1st door on the right. Note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.
  • After business hours or if the door in the south east corner is locked, use these instructions to enter the building:
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center.
  • Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009. Use the Security kiosk in front of the glass door to call Pachamama Alliance at #215. We will be able to buzz you in through the door when you call in this way.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

From The North Bay

  • From the Golden Gate Bridge be in the far right lane at the toll plaza
  • From the toll plaza take the very first right just past the bus stop and turn right onto Merchant Rd.
  • Merchant Rd. ends at the first stop sign at Lincoln Blvd. Turn left onto Lincoln Blvd.
  • Continue on Lincoln Blvd under the freeway and through a stop sign at McDowell Ave.
  • Continue past the cemetery and bear right as the road becomes Sheridan Ave.
  • At the stop sign turn left on to Montgomery Ave along the Main Parade Ground on your right.
  • Continue down Montgomery until it dead ends and turn right on to LIncoln Blvd.
  • Pass Funston Street on your right hand side and the YMCA
  • Make your next possible left onto Girard Rd.
  • Follow this road for 1 block to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to Edie Rd. After a very short drive you will see a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot. You must pay to park here. Check signage for hours. Buy your ticket to place on your dashboard at a kiosk in the parking lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • During business hours use these directions to enter the building: in the southeast corner of the parking lot where the buildings meet there is a door that is open to the public. There is a huge cypress tree in this corner of the parking lot to serve as a landmark. Walk up the steps and enter the door on the left.Turn to your left and immediately walk through another set of glass doors. Walk down the gallery corridor to the 1st door on the right. Note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.
  • After business hours or if the door in the south east corner is locked, use these instructions to enter the building:
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center.
  • Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot. Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009. Use the Security kiosk in front of the glass door to call Pachamama Alliance at #215. We will be able to buzz you in through the door when you call in this way.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

Pedestrian Entrance

  • From the front of the Thoreau Center at Lincoln Blvd and Torney Ave, you will see a large flagpole with the planet flag.
  • There is an entrance open to the public through the building # 1016 on the far left (towards the Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Go through the doors into Building 1016 and walk through the building and through a glass door into a glassed-in corridor.
  • Turn right and go down the corridor through a set of glass doors. Turn left and go through a second set of glass doors.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

Directions from within San Francisco

Public Transportation

  • Directions from within San Francisco
  • The Presidio is accessible by MUNI (673-6864)
  • Bus routes 41, 45, 82X, and 30 (from downtown SF/Market Street)
  • Bus routes 28, 29, and 43 (from other points in the city)
  • Only the 29 and 43 serve the Thoreau Center/Letterman Hospital stops directly
  • Others require a 5-10 minute walk from near the Lombard Street Presidio Gate
  • See above Pedestrian instructions for when you get off the bus in the Presidio.

From the North Bay

  • Several Golden Gate Transit (923-2000) buses also stop near the Lombard Gate
  • If you are taking the 29 or 43, get off at the Letterman Hospital stop (the bus driver can call out your stop for you)
  • You will see the Thoreau Center (a series of white buildings with red rooftops)
  • Enter through the Thoreau Center Building # 1016 on the far left (towards the Golden Gate Bridge)
  • Go through the doors into Building 1016 and walk through the building and through a glass door into a glassed-in corridor.
  • Turn right and go down the corridor through a set of glass doors. Turn left and go through a second set of glass doors.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

From Arguello Blvd Gate

  • Enter The Presidio at Arguello Blvd and Jackson Street
  • Bear to the right
  • Arguello ends at Moraga
  • Take a right onto Moraga
  • Take a left onto Graham
  • At the stop sign make a right on to Lincoln Blvd and turn right on to LIncoln Blvd.
  • Pass Funston Street on your right hand side and the YMCA
  • Make your next possible left onto Girard Rd.
  • Follow this road for 1 block to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to Edie Rd. After a very short drive you will see a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot. You must pay to park here. Check signage for hours. Buy your ticket to place on your dashboard at a kiosk in the parking lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • During business hours use these directions to enter the building: in the southeast corner of the parking lot where the buildings meet there is a door that is open to the public. There is a huge cypress tree in this corner of the parking lot to serve as a landmark. Walk up the steps and enter the door on the left.Turn to your left and immediately walk through another set of glass doors. Walk down the gallery corridor to the 1st door on the right. Note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.
  • After business hours or if the door in the south east corner is locked, use these instructions to enter the building:
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center.
  • Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009. Use the Security kiosk in front of the glass door to call Pachamama Alliance at #215. We will be able to buzz you in through the door when you call in this way.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

From Lombard Street Gate

  • Enter the Presidio at Lombard and Lyon Streets
  • At the first and only 3-way stop sign, turn right onto Presidio Blvd
  • Continue on Presidio Blvd
  • Turn right on Presidio Ave
  • Enter the Presidio at Presidio BLvd and Pacific Ave
  • Once in the Presidio, continue down the hill past the Lombard Street intersection.
  • At the next major intersection, Presidio Blvd curves to the left but do not turn left.
  • Continue straight through the intersection.
  • The street changes names at this point. You are now on Lincoln Blvd. The signage is very small.
  • Girard Rd. is on the right just across the street from the YMCA. Turn right on to Girard Rd.
  • Follow this road for 1 block to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to Edie Rd. After a very short drive you will see a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot. You must pay to park here. Check signage for hours. Buy your ticket to place on your dashboard at a kiosk in the parking lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • During business hours use these directions to enter the building: in the southeast corner of the parking lot where the buildings meet there is a door that is open to the public. There is a huge cypress tree in this corner of the parking lot to serve as a landmark. Walk up the steps and enter the door on the left.Turn to your left and immediately walk through another set of glass doors. Walk down the gallery corridor to the 1st door on the right. Note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.
  • After business hours or if the door in the south east corner is locked, use these instructions to enter the building:
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot. Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009. Use the Security kiosk in front of the glass door to call Pachamama Alliance at #215. We will be able to buzz you in through the door when you call in this way.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

From Presidio Avenue Gate

  • Turn right on Presidio Ave
  • Enter the Presidio at Presidio BLvd and Pacific Ave
  • Once in the Presidio, continue down the hill past the Lombard Street intersection.
  • At the next major intersection, Presidio Blvd curves to the left but do not turn left.
  • Continue straight through the intersection.
  • The street changes names at this point. You are now on Lincoln Blvd. The signage is very small.
  • Girard Rd. is on the right just across the street from the YMCA. Turn right on to Girard Rd.
  • Follow this road for 1 block to the stop sign. Turn right at the stop sign on to Edie Rd. After a very short drive you will see a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot. You must pay to park here. Check signage for hours. Buy your ticket to place on your dashboard at a kiosk in the parking lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center. Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • During business hours use these directions to enter the building: in the southeast corner of the parking lot where the buildings meet there is a door that is open to the public. There is a huge cypress tree in this corner of the parking lot to serve as a landmark. Walk up the steps and enter the door on the left.Turn to your left and immediately walk through another set of glass doors. Walk down the gallery corridor to the 1st door on the right. Note the sign “International Forum on
  • Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.
  • After business hours or if the door in the south east corner is locked, use these instructions to enter the building:
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center.
  • Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009. Use the Security kiosk in front of the glass door to call Pachamama Alliance at #215.
  • We will be able to buzz you in through the door when you call in this way.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.

From Marina Blvd/Bay Street

  • Enter the park at Marina Blvd.
  • Stay in the right lane.
  • Do not go left onto Doyle Drive. At Doyle Drive, slightly veer to the right through the Crissy Field gates Onto Mason Street.
  • Go left at the first stop sign onto Halleck Street.
  • Halleck ends at Lincoln Blvd.
  • Turn left onto Lincoln Blvd.
  • Pass Funston Street on your right hand side and the gymnasium.
  • Make your next possible left onto Girard.
  • Follow this road (it will curve to the right and become Edie) until you come to a large parking lot on the right.
  • This is the main lot for the Thoreau Center and you may park in this lot.
  • We are located in Building #1009 of the Thoreau Center.
  • Building #1009 is on the east side of the parking lot.
  • Look for the sign that says Building 1008-1009.
  • Enter through the glass door and walk up the stairs in the breezeway to the second floor.
  • Go through the glass door at the top of the stairs and turn left.
  • Stop at the first door on the left and note the sign “International Forum on Globalization/The Pachamama Alliance.
  • Ring the bell once and we will come to greet you and guide you to the appropriate staff person.