Marin Headlands Nursery

Parks Powered by Volunteers


A group inside the shadehouse at the Marin Headlands Nursery

This volunteer program is currently on pause and not hosting weekly/monthly events. Please view our active events calendar to browse available volunteer opportunities in the parks.

Come grow with us! The Marin Headlands Nursery team of staff and volunteers grow plants to preserve and restore the Marin Headlands and beyond. 

Volunteers ensure that each plant gets the care it needs to thrive. Depending on the week and season, volunteers may be transplanting seedlings, pruning plants, processing seeds for the next growing season, maintaining the facility, or doing other fun outdoor activities.

All visitors are welcome to enjoy the nursery’s demonstration garden, which is a treasure trove of native plants.


Groups of five or more require special arrangements and must be confirmed in advance. Please review the List of Available Projects and fill out the Group Project Request Form.

Age, Skills, What to Bring:

  • Volunteers ages 10 and up are welcome. Read our Youth Policy Guidelines (PDF) for youth under the age of 15.

  • Bring your completed Volunteer Agreement Form (PDF). Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the parent/guardian approval section signed.

  • We work rain or shine. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Bring layers for changing weather and rain gear, if necessary.

  • Bring a personal water bottle and sunscreen. Please bring lunch if attending on a Tuesday.

  • No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided. Fulfills community service requirements.

School Groups

Want to arrange a field trip for your school group? We welcome groups of all ages to come take a tour and learn how a nursery grows a national park. For more information, check out our education programs or contact Liz Ponzini.

The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a cooperative parkwide effort of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust.

Your parks need you now more than ever

Your support helps ensure these places will be here in the future—please give now.