Volunteers removing ice plant at Fort Miley

Lend a hand in your parks

Weekly Volunteer Programs

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


COVID-19 Response: Latest on Volunteer Programs

The Parks Conservancy, along with our partners at the National Park Service and Presidio Trust, have been significantly impacted by the global health pandemic. Resumption of park volunteer programs will be delayed as we adjust staffing to ensure a positive volunteer experience. Up-to-date volunteer opportunities will be reflected on the calendar of events for individuals and families and our list of available projects for groups of 5 or more.

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 Thursdays, 9 am–1:30 pm
Help restore and maintain gardens once tended by the island’s military and penitentiary residents—add life, color, and vibrancy to the Rock.
Black Point Historic Gardens 
When: Tuesdays and 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 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
4th Fridays, 9:30 am–12:30 pm, Nike Missile Site
Help restore and maintain the historic Nike Missile Site.

Presidio Forest 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, 9 am–noon
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.

Teens on Trails 
When: last Saturdays, 9 am–noon
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.


More Information


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.

Your parks need you now more than ever

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