Presidio Nursery

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Volunteers transplant toyon at the Presidio Nursery

When: Wednesdays (commitment required) and one Saturday per month (open program) - see below for more info:

  • Saturdays (one per month) - open to all, no commitment required! Registration is required - please check the events calendar to sign up for the program or to be added to the waitlist.
  • Wednesdays (weekly) - The Presidio Nursery has an evolving and welcoming group of "Regulars" who come on Wednesday afternoons. If you're looking to join this community, we're asking for a loose commitment of about six Wednesday afternoons ideally within one year of joining. This group is dedicated to nuturing community and caring for one another, which often includes masking and socially distancing more than you may see elsewhere. To join us, please email Annette Russell at to be invited to our next new Wednesday volunteer date.

Where: Presidio Nursery

Each year the Presidio Nursery cares for over 100,000 native plants to be used in restoration projects throughout the Presidio and other park sites. Volunteers sustain this program, providing essential support for our largest nursery facility. Activities vary throughout the seasons, and include seed collection, seed cleaning, transplanting, pruning, weeding, composting, pot washing, nursery maintenance, and general care of our Habitat Demonstration Garden. Join this community of plant enthusiasts and learn about native plants as you help us grow our national park!


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 of all ages are welcome. Read our Youth Policy Guidelines (PDF) for youth under the age of 15.

  • 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.

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

School Groups

Want to make Presidio Nursery your classroom? We offer education programs taught by the nursery’s own team of educators. Field trips and service learning can also be arranged.

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.

Presidio Nursery Events

Volunteers work with manzanita cuttings
Sat, Jun 01 10:00am-1:00pm
Presidio Native Plant Nursery
Learn to grow and care for native plants while helping to preserve and restore your national park.

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