Restoration Parties

Habitat Restoration with CNPS Yerba Buena:

Ready to dig in and make a huge difference in our unique Franciscan Ecologies?

The Yerba Buena California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has been working with San Francisco and San Mateo county agencies and community groups restoring natural areas and improving wildlife habitat in San Francisco for over 30 years.

These restoration projects are held in some of San Francisco’s and San Mateo's most beautiful areas with wonderful views and a diverse assemblage of plants.

Anyone, 12 years and older are invited to join. Ages 12 - 17 require guardian permission

Easily get the info on volunteer opportunities delivered to your devices by joining our CNPS Yerba Buena Meetup Group

Current regularly scheduled CNPS Yerba Buena programs:

(participation limits and waiver requirements may apply)

Every Tuesday 10AM - noon -  Sunset Boulevard Biodiversity Corridor in collaboration with SF Public Works Department - meet Beth at Sunset and 36th. Ave. (get the 411 on Meetup or email us)

Every Wednesday Noon - 2:30 PM - various SF locations - join CNPS Yerba Buenas longest running event in collaboration with SF Natural Resource Division register through SFRPD Info here

Every 4th. Sunday of the month 9:30 AM - noon - Lake Merced Mesa area - join CNPS Yerba Buena in collaboration with SF Natural Resource Division (get the 411 on Meetup or email us)

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Regularly scheduled SF Natural Resource Division programs with CNPS Yerba Buena habitat partners:

Every Saturday 9:30 AM - noon - Registration required through SFRPD Info here

Location information:

1st Saturday of month 9:30 AM - noon: McLaren Park.  Registration required through SFRPD Info here

Explore the biological diversity of San Francisco’s second largest park. Get to know one of our favorite gems in the city. Volunteer activities include weeding grasslands, seasonal creeks and restoration sites. Anyone 12 years and older is invited to join. A variety of volunteer tasks is available which are suitable for all levels of physical ability. Wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for physical work. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please be on time. Meet at the large parking lot off John Shelley Drive at 21 John F. Shelly Drive.

2nd Saturday of month 9:30 AM - noon: Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands. Registration required through SFRPD Info here

Join this knowledgeable group of volunteers and San Francisco Recreation and Park Natural Resource Division in restoring Golden Gate Park’s native oak woodlands. Learn about the importance of our oak woodlands, the wildlife they support and meet some of the oldest trees in the city. Everyone 12 years and older is invited to join. A variety of volunteer tasks is available, suitable for all levels of physical ability. Wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for physical work. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please be on time. This project occurs on the 2nd Saturday of the month from 9:30-12noon. Meet at the intersection of Arguello Blvd. and Conservatory Drive. (For more information regarding the volunteer project please contact Friends of Oak Woodlands site steward Robert Bakewell at 415-710-9617 or rcbakewell@gmail.com)

3rd Saturday of month 9:30 AM - noon: Glen Canyon. Registration required through SFRPD Info here

Join the Friends of Glen Canyon Park and the Natural Resource Division for our monthly volunteer project on the 3rd Saturday of the month from 9:30-12noon. Learn from our staff naturalists about the ecology of the canyon while helping to preserve its diverse habitats. We will be restoring portions of Islais Creek, riparian, scrub and grassland communities. Anyone 12 years and older is invited to join. A variety of volunteer tasks is available, at times on steep slopes. Wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for physical work. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please be on time. Meet us at the end of Alms Road, 1500 feet (approx. 5-minute walk) north of the Glen Canyon Recreation Center. For help in locating the project, the recreation center is at 70 Elk Street.

4th Saturday of month 9:30 AM - noon: Mount Davidson. Registration required through SFRPD Info here

Explore Mount Davidson Park. Join the Natural Resource Division enhancing the most diverse native scrub community in the City. This recurring monthly volunteer project is on the 4th Saturday of each month from 9:30-12noon. Mount Davidson is the highest peak in San Francisco offering spectacular views of San Francisco’s skyline, bay, and the surrounding coastal mountains. This park offers habitat for numerous resident and migratory birds, butterflies, and insects - awe inspiring all year. Anyone 12 years and older is invited to join in the restoration of the reed grass prairie, scrub and grassland communities. A variety of volunteer tasks is available, at times on steep slopes. Wear close-toed shoes and appropriate clothing for physical work. Tools and gloves will be provided. Please be on time. Meet at the Bus Turnaround at the intersection of Dalewood Way and Landsdale Ave.

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Irregularly scheduled CNPS Yerba Buena restoration programs:

Sunset Boulevard Biodiversity Corridor weekend restoration events: email us

Potrero Gateway Ecopatch- an experimental multi-agency collaboration email us

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Opportunities with restoration partners and community groups:

Please verify with each group prior to planning your participation

Alemany Natives at Alemany Farm

Community workdays held from Noon to 5pm every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month and the Saturdays in-between, plus every Monday afternoon from 1:00-5:00.  

Contact community.gardeners@gmail.com

Candlestick Point State Park Nursery

First Saturdays, every month. 10am-1pm

contact Patrick Marley Rump at patrick.rump@lejyouth.org.

Candlestick Point Recreation Area

Second Saturdays, every month

contact Patrick Marley Rump at patrick.rump@lejyouth.org

Friends of San Pedro Valley Park: Trail Restoration

2nd Saturday 9 am - 12 pm, every month, meet in front of Visitor Center

Friends of San Pedro Valley Park: Habitat Restoration

3rd Saturday 9 am – 12 pm, every month, meet in front of Visitor Center

Golden Gate Audubon Society

Various opportunities: https://goldengateaudubon.org/volunteer/

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Weekdays and weekends around the Bay Area.

Contact volunteer@parksconservancy.org or 415-561-3044

Golden Gate Park Nursery

First Saturday, every month. 09:30am-12:30pm

Contact recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org

Green Hairstreak Corridor, Golden Gate Heights

Periodically. Contact amber@natureinthecity.org

Half Moon Bay State Beach

Various restoration and nursery opportunities. Contact  email HMBParksVolunteer@Parks.ca.gov

Heron’s Head Park

Various opportunities at http://sfport.com/herons-head-park

Contact recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org

Linda Mar Beach, Pacifica

Typically Fourth Sundays, 10am-noon. Visit pacificabeachcoalition.org

Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery

Weekdays and weekends. Contact (415) 561-3044 or volunteer@parksconservancy.org

McKinley Square Hillside

Third Saturdays, 10am-12:30. Contact info@mckinleysquare.com

Mission Creek South Bank

Generally Saturday mornings. Contact Ginny Stearns for times. Call 415-552-4577 or ginnystearns@gmail.com

Mt. Sutro

Wednesdays 9:30am-12:30pm at the nursery; 1st and 3rd Saturdays 9:00am-1pm, visit sutrostewards.org

Pacifica’s Environmental Family

Various opportunities. See events calendar: http://www.pacificasenvironmentalfamily.org

San Bruno Mountain

Guadalupe Valley Stewards, Tuesdays 10am-12pm; Mission Blue Nursery, Wednesdays, 10am-12:30pm;

Stewardship Saturdays, 10am-1pm; South San Francisco Weed Warriors, last Fridays and Saturdays of the month, 9am-noon.

See events calendar mountainwatch.org

San Mateo County Parks

Stewardship Core calendar http://parks.smcgov.org/smc-parks-stewardship-corps

Save the Bay

Various opportunities https://www.savesfbay.org/volunteer

Starr-King Open Space

2nd Saturdays every month, 9:30am-noon. Visit starrkingopenspace.org

Yerba Buena Island Stewards

Third Wednesdays every month, 1:00pm-3pm. Visit http://sftreasureisland.org/yerba-buena-island/stewardship