ABOUT LANDS END

One of San Francisco’s most treasured national park sites, Lands End, has been dramatically transformed over the last 10 years with the help and generous support of volunteers.

A bustling destination for visitors, Lands End has something to offer to everyone. With ADA accessible trails, safe and welcoming visitor experiences, hundreds of thousands of native plants and wildflowers, and a weekly stewardship program that engages over 1,000 volunteers every year, this 100-acre park is a center of community activity and an educational opportunity to all who visit.

A hike along the 1.2-mile stretch of coast in San Francisco’s northwest corner provides the visitors access to the beauty and transformative impact of native plant restoration, as Lands End can now (after a 100-year hiatus) boast of having San Francisco’s best springtime wildflower display.

Important and unusual species to look out for: Dune gilia, San Francisco wallflower, San Francisco gumplant, and Western bluebirds (Western bluebirds began nesting at Lands End, after not being seen in the city for 70 years).


ABOUT THE VOLUNTEER STEWARD PROGRAM

If you enjoy spending time outdoors, want to learn about habitat restoration, and want to make a difference in your national park, then we welcome you to join the Lands Ends Volunteer Steward Program.

This is a voluntary opportunity offered by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s San Francisco Park Stewardship Program. You don’t need any prior experience with landscaping, planting, or pruning—just the desire and passion to keep your local national park site beautiful! All volunteers are part of the greater National Park Service Volunteer-In-Parks Programs. 

Volunteer Stewards of Lands End are trained volunteers who perform habitat restoration and help in protecting fragile coastal ecosystems, as well as rare and threatened species. Tasks will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Planting
  • Weeding
  • Mulching
  • Raking
  • Pruning

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to habitat restoration work in the field twice a month, for a minimum of six months
  • Must be able to work independently without supervision or within a small team setting
  • Must have the physical ability to perform habitat restoration work in an outdoor setting
  • Must be able to attend orientation and trainings (approximately one week long)
  • Must be 18 or older

Training sessions will include:

  • Orientation of the Golden Gate National Parks
  • Ecology of San Francisco
  • Natural and cultural history of Lands End
  • Plants and birds of Lands End 
  • Personal and park safety 
  • Communicating with public/visitors

Benefits & Recognition:

  • Opportunity to work in a national park setting with breathtaking views of the Pacific 
  • Opportunity to learn from experienced park staff and obtain hands-on experience
  • Access to Park Academy classes and other park events / programs offered by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service
  • Opportunity to build a network within the environmental movement, and meet people from diverse communities and regions

Please fill out this application form to express your interest in this program. 

Interested in other opportunities in the park? Check our website for more details. 

For more information, or assistance, please contact: 

Yakuta Poonawalla | ypoonawalla@parksconservancy.org | (917) 689-8515


Contact Information

Yakuta Poonawalla
ypoonawalla@parksconservancy.org
917-689-8515