With Spring just around the corner – and feeling like it’s already here – we’ve got lots of young plants to get into the ground in the next month. We need your help!

Volunteers have played a vital role in the entire cycle – from seed collection, seed cleaning, seed sowing, composting, pot washing, transplanting and, now, outplanting into the parks. We’re putting the call out to all plant enthusiasts, nature lovers, first time volunteers, and everyone in between to come out and lend a helping hand.

If you’re concerned that you may not have the skills required, DON’T. All you need is good energy, a willingness to dig in the dirt and a gentle touch for the delicate seedlings! We’ll take care of the rest – we provide the gloves, tools and training. You can walk in a novice and leave an expert. Visit www.parkconservancy.org/volunteer to learn more - or contact us at volunteer@parksconservancy.org or 415-561-3044.

Marin Programs:

Habitat Restoration Team >>
Tuesdays, 10 am–noon and Sundays, 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Location: varies throughout the Marin Headlands

Invasive Plant Patrol >>
Wednesdays, 10 am–2:30 pm

Park Stewardship Marin >>
Wednesdays, 1–4 pm and Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm
Location: Alta Avenue, Dias Ridge, Muir Beach, Oakwood Valley, Wolfback Ridge

San Francisco Programs:

Park Stewardship San Francisco >>
Thursdays and Saturdays, 1–4 pm | every 1st Saturday, 10 am–noon
Location: Lands End and Presidio Coastal Bluffs

Presidio Park Stewards >>
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am–noon
and Sundays, 10 am–1 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco

Presidio Plant Patrol >>
Fridays, 1–4 pm
Location: Presidio of San Francisco

San Mateo Programs:

Park Stewardship San Mateo >>
Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm
Location: Milagra Ridge and Mori Point


Why are we cleaning our boots now before planting days and before entering the nursery?  What is afoot? 

In recent months, awareness has been growing in the restoration community around the SF Bay Area about a group of soil borne pathogens, called Phytophthoras, that can impact nurseries, landscapes, agricultural fields and native habitats.  We want to keep you in the loop on what Phytophthoras are and what proactive measures we are taking to make sure they don’t harm our precious Park.   

What is Phytophthora?

Phytophthora is a genus of fungus-like water molds that are common in nursery, agricultural and landscape settings.  Recently there has been increased awareness about several non-native invasive Phytophthora species that have been found associated with restoration projects on SFPUC lands and other lands around the Bay Area.  We want to be sure we don’t spread Phytophthora species here in the Park, so, as with other invasive species, early detection and rapid response is imperative.

What are we doing about it?

Currently, a team of Park managers and ecologists is gathering data and evaluating Park stewardship and nursery practices.  Our approach to gathering baseline data includes sending samples to labs for analysis.  In addition, we have established in-house testing and monitoring of plants from the nursery and field sites.  As a result of our increased awareness, research, and consultation with experts regarding Phytophthora, we are reviewing and improving upon our Best Management Practices and protocols to minimize the risk of spreading pathogens in the Park.  

What does this mean for you?

Because pathogens can be in soil, one major way that we can minimize the spread is by sanitizing tools and boots.  We have started disinfecting tools and boots with Lysol or rubbing alcohol before and after work days.  You will notice this change at volunteer programs, and we welcome your feedback on our new protocols.  

If you have questions or comments, please ask your program or project leaders.  As our understanding of plant pathogens evolves, please help us evolve our practices.  We are committed to minimizing the risk of spreading pathogens and we thank you for your support!


Contact Information

(415) 561-3044