The Volunteer Program department of the Presidio Trust has many great outdoor opportunities! We offer a wide variety of drop-in programs and group opportunities, in which volunteers can work with professionals in the fields of landscape and habitat management, natural resources stewardship, forestry and sustainability. Consider volunteering at some of our field programs to: gain experience working with ecological resources as well as help the park stay beautiful and accessible to all! Individuals and groups of 5 or less are our welcome at any of the following upcoming programs:

  • Campground Stewardship: The first Tuesday of the month; 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2
  • Forestry Stewardship: The first and second Friday of the month; 1/6, 1/13, 2/3, 2/10, 3/3, 3/10, 4/7, 4/14, 5/5, 5/12
  • Gardens Stewardship: The third Friday of the month; 1/20, 2/17, 3/17, 4/21, 5/19

Large groups are also welcome and can be accommodated, but please contact us first at volunteer@presidiotrust.gov. Learn more about these opportunities and others at: http://www.presidio.gov/volunteer.

Marin Municipal Water District Volunteer Program. Generally, on the third Saturday of each month, we lead volunteer habitat restoration events from 9 a.m. to noon. Individuals, groups, non-profit organizations, and families are all invited and encouraged to attend. This program focuses on invasive species control with a special emphasis on French Broom and Douglas fir. Sites are chosen to be scenic and accessible. Habitat restoration events are suitable for ages eight and up; volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and all volunteers under age 18 must bring a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. Individuals are welcome to drop in, groups should pre-register. Please contact us for a form: (415) 945-1418. For more information: marinwater.org/192/Volunteer-Opportunities.

San Elijo Lagoon Platoon. Join the thrill of hands-on conservation in San Diego's San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Lagoon Platoon is an all-volunteer community habitat restoration program. Volunteers are engaged in planting native species, invasive weed control, and debris removal. Location varies, contact Platoon@SanElijo.org or visit SanElijo.org/Restoration-Events to get involved! Weekly Steward Workshops—Wednesdays, 9:30am–12pm; Monthly Restoration Events—Third Saturday of the month, 9am–12pm

Help nature in the East Bay with Friends of Five Creeks. Join Friends of Five Creeks protecting and restoring restoring watersheds and nature in the East Bay (Berkeley to Richmond)! Our all-volunteer group, founded 1996, works hands-on, with projects from Tilden Regional Park to the Bay. Opportunities include: --Tuesday morning "weekday weed warriors"at different sites each week -- email to be notified of locations. --Monthly weekend work parties for the general public (listed on our web site, www.fivecreeks.org) . --Many work parties for student, religious, and business groups on their schedule. --Opportunities to lead groups. --"Adoption" of specific areas for ongoing stewardship. --Varying uses for professional and expert skills, helpful in building experience. Possibilities include GPS/GIS, photo monitoring, monitoring for pollution, monitoring for various kinds of wildlife, historic research, research into issues and possible advocacy, updating www.bluegreenbldg.org (website showing low-impact development), developing wide variety of outreach materials. Please see our website at: www.fivecreeks.org and contact: f5creeks@aol.com.

Starr King Open Space Call for Native Plant Restorationists and Land Stewards! Every 3rd Saturday of the month, neighbors and friends of SKOS meet on Coral Drive and Carolina (1215 Carolina St. 94107) in San Francisco and get down and dirty while sprucing up our Open Space. Starr King's maintenance, health and beauty depends on our volunteers. You may be surprised how much fun it can be helping out! Bring the family along and learn what's native and what's not. See you Saturday! We really appreciate your help. For questions, please contact starrkingboard@gmail.com or visit www.starrkingopenspace.org.

The Reuben H. Fleet Science Center is excited to announce the launch of our phenology project for this growing season, and we need your help! You will be trained to make observations about the timing of flowering plants across San Diego county, the most botanically diverse county in the contiguous United States. Volunteers visit their selected plant at least twice weekly and enter data about the changes they observe. The information is used to determine whether climate change is affecting the foliage of our area. This is a great opportunity to contribute to science while doing the outdoor activities that you already enjoy! You do not need to be a botanist or know a lot about plants; we will provide you with the training you need to be able to identify the plants and their phenophase. Citizen Scientists look for possible indicators of climate change by observing shrubs, herbs, and other native plants. By comparing current trends to the historical data, scientists hope to find out if regional climate changes are influencing the diversity, distribution or flowering of local fauna. We are literally "seeing climate through the lives of plants", and if we listen, the plants (and the animal's responses to the plants) may be telling us the story of climate change. To become a volunteer data collector, follow us on facebook by searching San Diego County Phenology Project or visit sdplantatlas.org/phenology/budburstoverview.htm. Still have more questions? Email lwalsh@rhfleet.org or call (619)238-1233 x808.

Point Reyes National Seashore Weed Watchers. As a Weed Watcher you will learn to identify invasive plants of the region, and how to map and report your findings. Volunteers will be trained in progressively more complex weed identification and data collection. Deepen your understanding of the natural world while playing an important role in the protection of the unique resources at the park. Gain valuable training in general botany, invasive species, and Global Positioning System (GPS) units and their use in conservation and resource management. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery, wildlife and cultural resources of this spectacular park, while also becoming a stewardship leader in your community. For more information on the Point Reyes Weed Watchers, please contact Natalie Howe, Natalie_Howe@nps.gov or 415-464-5201.

Golden Gate Weed Watchers. Become a citizen scientist of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Weed Watchers patrol national park trails in San Mateo, San Francisco, and Marin Counties, detecting and mapping weeds as they first invade. Discovering weeds before they become well-established is critical to preventing damage to ecosystem integrity, avoiding the loss of habitat for rare plants and animals, and reducing the need for costly natural resource management. For more information, contact Jennifer Jordan, 415-331-5023, Jenn_Jordan@nps.gov.

For information about the Weed Watching program in all of the San Francisco Bay Area National Parks, visit http://www.sfnps.org/weed_watchers.

Bouverie Preserve of Audubon Canyon Ranch Stewards. Every Monday from 8:30 to 12:30 in Sonoma Valley. The 500-acre preserve includes a variety of habitats including a vernal pool grassland, oak woodland, riparian and chaparral. Many projects involve removing invasive species. Some are tied to a specific on-going restoration projects. For example, as part of our vernal pool restoration project, this group helped install fencing, rake accumulated thatch, remove two invasive species which were threatening the area, used GPS units to map another invasive species threatening the area, propagated seeds of native species in the greenhouse, and planted those propagated plants in the restoration area. The group meets every week, however individual members come when they are able. We would welcome volunteers who could join the group at least once a month. For more information please contact Sherry Adams: Sherry@egret.org, 707-938-8417. To learn more about Audubon Canyon Ranch please visit our website at www.egret.org.

Literacy for Environmental Justice. Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) is an urban environmental education and youth empowerment organization created specifically to address the unique ecological and social concerns of Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, and the surrounding communities of Mission, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and Excelsior. The following are two volunteer opportunities for two different programs run by LEJ. 

Plants Gone Wild: Native Plant Nursery. Every 1st Saturday of the month 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., 1150 Carroll Ave. SF, CA 94124. Volunteers will be: propagating native plants that are used to restore Candlestick Park and Heron's Head Park, working with youth from LEJ, helping with any current project going on in the nursery (i.e. building a new green house). For more information and RSVP contact: Patrick Rump 415-282-6840, Sloughyouth@lejyouth.org.

Heron's Head Park: 24 acre restored wetland. Every 2nd Saturday of every month 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. The park is located at meeting of Cargo Way & Jenning St, SF CA. Depending on the season, volunteers help to plant native plant species, weed non-natives, and clean and maintain the wild areas of the park. For more information and RSVP contact: Myla Ablog 415-282-6440, heronshead@lejyouth.org.

Point Reyes Habitat Restoration Volunteer Program. Second and last Sundays of every month, 9am-2pm, at Bear Valley Visitor Center. We do accommodate large groups on other days and dates. Help protect a portion of California's rich biodiversity. Volunteer efforts are essential to the protection of many endangered animals found at Point Reyes National Seashore, such as the western snowy plover and California red-legged frog. Indigenous plants also benefit from our endeavor. Native plant communities support an enormous variety of diverse wildlife here at Point Reyes National Seashore. The work performed will have a lasting and positive effect on the native flora and fauna at the Seashore. A great learning opportunity for students and adults. Please RSVP with the Habitat Restoration Volunteer Coordinator. If coming with a group of 5 or more please contact the volunteer coordinator in advance. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and shirt that can get dirty, warm layers, sun/warm hat, rain gear, sun block, lunch, snacks, water. Contact Kevin Sherrill 415-464-5223 kevin_sherrill@partner.nps.gov.

Redwood Creek Native Plant Nursery and Stewardship Program. Wednesdays and Saturdays (except holidays) from 10 am to 1 pm at Redwood Creek Watershed (Muir Woods to Muir Beach), Mill Valley, CA (RSVP for Meeting Spot information). Help restore a watershed! Not appropriate for small children; no experience necessary. Bring sturdy shoes, long pants and shirt that you can get dirty; warm layer (such as a sweatshirt or fleece jacket); sun hat/warm hat, depending on weather; rain gear, depending on weather. Call (415) 383-4390 or email RedwoodCreek@parksconservancy.org. RSVP for Directions.

Bolsa Chica Land Trust Stewards and Jr. Stewards Program. The Stewards meet twice each month — on the first Sunday and third Saturday, (rain or shine) — to restore native plant habitat at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (3842 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649). We invite the community to join us at 9:00am (till noon). Please come dressed for mess with long pants, closed toe shoes and sunscreen — we provide everything else. This volunteer opportunity is open to the entire community, is great for families, school groups, scout groups, employee spirit days, church green-teams, etc. Great for all ages (little ones with parent/teacher please). Please call for more information or arrange for a group of 25; (714) 846-1001 or email Erin at erin@bclandtrust.org.

Upper Newport Bay Restoration Teamwork. Reservations required for groups over five. For more information, contact Matt Yurko, California Coastal Commission, 949-640-0286; www.coastforyou.org. Volunteer opportunities include:

Steward Days: Propagate native plants every Wednesday 9 - 11am. Meet at the Exotic Hut on Shellmaker Island, 600 Shellmaker Drive, Newport Beach

Restoration Teamwork: Help remove invasive plants and plant natives one Saturday each month 9 a.m. - 12 p.m at different sites around the Upper Newport Bay each month. Refreshments and tools provided. Contact Matt Yurko for more details.

Conservation Volunteer - America Conservation Experience (ACE). ACE is a non-profit conservation corps offering unpaid, team-based, entry level crew member opportunities for both American and International citizens ages 18-40 to take part in challenging outdoor projects in many of the most beautiful National Parks, National Forests and wilderness areas in the Western U.S. We often offer living stipend positions and as well as education awards through our AmeriCorps affiliation. Please ask us for more information on these seasonal positions and monthly start dates. ACE is dedicated to providing professional development and service learning opportunities for emerging land managers, environmental stewards, and conservation-minded corps members in culturally diverse and naturally inspiring settings. ACE members embody an ethic of environmental stewardship, learn practical conservation skills, and explore career options while accomplishing vital conservation projects in many of America's most spectacular open spaces. Potential applicants interested in meeting people from different countries while improving many of the most beautiful areas in the American West are strongly encouraged to apply! ACE accepts applications throughout the year. All positions are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis due to limited capacity and high demand for this program. Apply by completing our online registration at http://www.usaconservation.org/programs/conservation-volunteers/ and submitting a motivational statement stating your goals, background, and reasons for wanting to participate in our program.