Lend a hand in your parks

Weekly Volunteer Programs

Volunteer on your own, with your family, or a few friends

For individuals and small groups (less than 5 people).

Come out and lend a hand while enjoying the scenic landscapes of the Golden Gate National Parks. We offer a wide range of volunteer opportunities throughout San Francisco, the Presidio, Marin, and San Mateo counties. It’s a great way to meet others, it’s rewarding, and it’s fun!

No experience or commitment necessary. We provide all of the tools, training, and leadership.

Explore the program options below, sign-up, and join a project!

•    For Corporate opportunities, visit Corporate Volunteering.
•    For Groups larger than five, please visit Group Volunteer Projects.
•    For Internships and other longer-term volunteer roles, visit Individual Service Positions.

Golden Gate Beaches 
When: 3rd Saturdays, 10 am–noon
Where: Ocean Beach, San Francisco
Help keep Ocean Beach and our San Francisco coastline beautiful, clean, and safe for all.

Habitat Restoration Team 
When: 2nd, 4th, and 5th Tuesdays, 10 am–2 pm and Sundays, 9:30 am–2:30 pm
Where: Marin, locations vary
Help restore and monitor critical natural areas from the Marin Headlands to Bolinas Ridge.

Invasive Plant Patrol 
When: Wednesdays, 10 am–2:30 pm
Where: Marin, locations vary
Hiking with a mission – help find and remove new infestations of invasive weeds while exploring the parks.

Presidio Habitat Stewards 
When: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 am–noon and Sundays, 10 am–1 pm
Where: Presidio of San Francisco
Help restore natural areas and create important wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco.

Park Stewardship Marin 
When: Wednesdays, 1–4 pm and Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm
Where: Muir Beach, Oakwood Valley, Wolfback Ridge
Help us restore critical habitat for endangered species, including the Coho salmon and Mission blue butterfly.

Park Stewardship San Francisco 
Thursdays, 1–4 pm, Coastal Bluffs and Lobos Creek
Saturdays, 10am–1pm, Lands End
Help us ensure local rare species and unique ecological communities will be here for generations to come.

Park Stewardship San Mateo
When: Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm
Where: Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra
Help us restore critical habitat to sustain local rare species and unique ecological communities.

Alcatraz Historic Gardens 
When: Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 am–Noon
Help restore and maintain gardens once tended by the island’s military and penitentiary residents—add life, color, and vibrancy to the Rock. 

Alcatraz Budding Gardeners (Youth Program)
When: last Saturday, 10 am–1 pm
Garden on Alcatraz with other Bay Area youth - get outside, explore the Rock, and make a difference.
 
Black Point Historic Gardens 
When: 3rd Saturday, 9 am-Noon
Where: Fort Mason, San Francisco
Help us restore the long-neglected gardens of East Black Point, a spectacular park site tucked away above the bustling San Francisco waterfront.

Presidio Garden and Sustainability Stewards 
When: Thursdays, 9 am–Noon
Where: Presidio of San Francisco
Help enhance the Presidio’s historic gardens and grounds, as well as support the park efforts to become a model of environmental sustainability.

Golden Gate Landscaping and Maintenance 
When: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 9 am–Noon
Where: Fort Mason, Crissy Field, Lands End, Sutro Heights, Baker Beach, Ocean Beach, Fort Funston
Help restore and maintain historic landscapes and cultural resources along the shoreline of San Francisco.

Marin Historic Landscape and Facilities Stewardship
3rd Fridays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Nike Missile Site
2nd Thursdays, 10 am–1 pm, Stinson Beach
Help restore and maintain the historic Nike Missile Site and Stinson Beach shoreline.

Presidio Forest and Trail Stewards 
When: Fridays, 9 am–Noon
Where: Presidio of San Francisco
Help tend to the health of the Presidio’s historic forests, as well as repair and maintain the park trails and pathways.

Learn to grow and care for native plants from seed, while helping to preserve and restore your national park.

Fort Funston Nursery | Saturdays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm

Marin Headlands Nursery | 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10 am-2 pm, Wednesdays, 1–4 pm, and Saturdays, 9 am–noon

Presidio Nursery | Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1–4 pm

Golden Gate Trail Stewardship 
When: 3rd Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm
Where: location varies– San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties 
Get ready for a workout and work alongside the Trail Crew to help restore and maintain the parks’ extensive trail system.

Presidio Forest and Trail Stewards 
When: Fridays, 9 am–Noon
Where: Presidio of San Francisco 
Help tend to the health of the Presidio’s historic forests, as well as repair and maintain the park trails and pathways.

Teens on Trails 
When: last Saturdays, 10 am–1 pm (Oct-Apr)
Where: location varies–San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin counties
Just for teens – this is a great way to explore your local national park, meet other Bay Area teens, and help restore trails.


Volunteer Events

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A group collects seed in a grassland. A volunteer holds a tray of seeds.
Volunteer
Tue, Dec 18 10:00am-2:00pm
Marin Headlands Native Plant Nursery
Learn to grow and care for native plants while helping to preserve and restore your national park.
Volunteer on Alcatraz Island
Events
Wed, Dec 19 8:00am-12:00pm
Alcatraz Historic Garden - Officer's Row
Help restore and maintain gardens once tended by the island’s military and penitentiary residents—add life, color, and vibrancy to the Rock.
Volunteer
Wed, Dec 19 9:00am-12:00pm
Presidio Main Post Transit Center
Help restore natural areas and create important wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco.
Events
Wed, Dec 19 9:00am-12:00pm
Sutro Heights Meeting Location
Help restore and maintain historic landscapes and cultural resources along the shoreline of San Francisco.
Volunteers at Work
Events
Wed, Dec 19 10:00am-2:30pm
Coyote Ridge - County View Dr
Hiking with a mission – help find and remove new infestations of invasive weeds while exploring the parks.

More Information

QUESTIONS?

Contact us at volunteer@parksconservancy.org or 415-561-3044.

Thank you for your service and support! It takes many hands to care for and preserve our parks. We look forward to working with you!

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.

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