The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust are committed to providing meaningful and memorable opportunities for young people through our Park Youth Collaborative*. Through fun and interactive learning programs, youth gain a better appreciation of their natural world.

Click any of the anchor links below or scroll down to learn more about service learning field trip opportunities. 

Programs Open for Registration

Other Featured Programs
These programs are not open for public registration. 


Young park volunteers
Growing for Restoration Field Trip  

Offered at our five Native Plant Nurseries within the park. 

Generally available for middle and high school students. Some nurseries may be able to accommodate younger students. Check with your closest nursery for age appropriateness and program availability (contact information below).

Students learn about seed dispersal, seed and plant adaptations, the importance of biodiversity, and the growing cycle. Learning themes can be tailored to students and teacher needs.

Seasonal activities may include: transplanting, pruning, seed cleaning, weeding, planting, pot washing, and composting. Students help us grow and care for native plants that will eventually be used to restore habitat throughout the Golden Gate National Parks.

Students work side-by-side with horticulturists, ecologists, and educators from the Native Plant Nurseries, National Park Service, and Presidio Trust.

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Young park volunteer

Petal Pushers  

Offered at the Presidio Nursery3 hour program, 3rd grade only. 

Bring your “knee-high naturalists” to the Presidio Native Plant Nursery for an A–Z indigenous plant adventure. Through experiential learning activities, students engage in scientific inquiry, gain a stronger understanding of plant life cycles and adaptations, and grow their own healthy stewardship ethic. This is a fun and effective interdisciplinary approach to connect your class to nature and ecology!

For Petal Pushers, apply online at http://www.nps.gov/goga/forteachers/elementary.htm.

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Nurseries Quest  

Offered at the Presidio Nursery2nd–4th grade only.

Young explorers discover the amazing world of plants through an educational self-guided treasure hunt at Presidio Native Plant Nursery.

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Aim High Students

Aim High at Tennessee Valley Nursery  
This program is not open for public registration. 

Offered at the Tennessee Valley Nursery.

An outdoor education program that brings 6–8th grade students from both Marina and Denman Middle Schools in San Francisco out to Tennessee Valley to experience, enjoy and steward their local national park during the school year.

During the summer, usually for a four week period between June and July, 15–20 different students about to enter high school come out each week for a four day experience in the park.

Aim High has been a valued Park Partner with the Golden Gate National Parks for about 20 years.

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Young park volunteers

TEAM at Tennessee Valley Nursery  
This program is not open for public registration.  

Offered at the Tennessee Valley Nursery.

A one-year, experience-based academic program in the Tamalpais Union High School District open to juniors from Redwood, Drake, and Tamalpais High Schools and is part of Tamiscal High School in Larkspur.

The program offers students “real life” experiences outside of the typical classroom setting. TEAM has partnered one student with the Tennessee Valley Nursery Volunteer Program on Tuesdays for the fall semester during which they complete 60 hours of community service.

The partnership with TEAM and the Golden Gate National parks began about 15 years ago.

Group capacity: 

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Oceana High School Students
Oceana High School Nursery  
This program is not open for public registration.  

Located in Pacifica, the Oceana Nursery is the product of a unique partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and Oceana High School.

Students have contributed over 20,000 hours of volunteer work to the park through service-learning and educational programs over the past 15 years, working in both the nursery site and on adjacent parklands.

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Contact the program you would like to visit:  

Redwood Creek Nursery: Chelsea Dicksion, (415) 383-4390 
cdicksion@parksconservancy.org

Tennessee Valley Nursery: Liz Ponzini, (415) 289-1860
lponzini@parksconservancy.org

Marin Headlands Nursery: Annette Russell, (415) 332-4031
arussell@parksconservancy.org

Presidio Nursery: Ely Huerta Ortiz, (415) 561-4826
ehuerta@parksconservancy.org

Fort Funston Nursery: Meghan Steinharter, (415) 652-2373
msteinharter@parksconservancy.org

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*The Park Youth Collaborative (PYC), led jointly by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and Presidio Trust, provides meaningful opportunities for youth to develop new skills and connect to the national parks in their backyard. PYC goals and strategies will ensure that young people learn and grow from experiences in the parks, and through these programs become the next generation of community leaders and engaged citizens. PYC youth development and education programs engage youth along “pathways” of experiences, from kindergarten through post-college internships, with particular emphasis on connecting underserved students.


Program Partners

Presidio YMCA
NatureBridge
Literacy for Environmental Justice
San Francsico Unified School District
Environmental Science Center
Tamalpais Unified High School District
College of Marin