aerial view of Fort Pulaski National Monument
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Fort Pulaski National Monument

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Park volunteer, with a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge, pulls weeds on the National Day of Service in 2009. (Photo: Tung Chee/Parks Conservancy)

restored garden surrounding Alcatraz with water in background
Volunteers are restoring Alcatraz’s gardens like this one to their former grandeur. (Photo: George Su/NPS)

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Doing good, gettin’ dirty, helpin’ frogs. Volunteers create a habitat of open water and vegetation to benefit red legged frogs, a threatened species. (Photo: Parks Conservancy Archives) homepage photo: Historic Army parade grounds at Fort Baker, which, like much of the land in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is former Army property. (NPS photo)

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco

What are you doing on the long Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday weekend? Interested in a weekend get-away combined with a service project on January 18, the National Day of Service? How about throwing a dart on the United States map so that it lands in the San Francisco Bay Area!

If you enjoy the outdoors, you'll love a long weekend in GGNRA. You can experience a "working" Nike Missile Site at the Marin Headlands, visit Alcatraz, the world famous former maximum security federal prison, enjoy the conversion of Crissy Field from an abandoned airfield into hundreds of acres of productive coastal wetlands, walk amid breathtaking coastal redwoods at Muir Woods, admire views of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point, and relax on some of the best beaches and hiking trails in the nation.

Some can’t miss highlights at Golden Gate:

And when you’re feeling refreshed from your weekend and want to give back to the national park, join one of the Day of Service events. The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a cooperative effort of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust.

Whether you are a teen or a senior (or any age in between); whether you want to restore native plants, clean up a beach or even help birds find materials for their nests – you can find your perfect project and lend a hand on January 18. Or come out and volunteer any time! Remember, Dr. King said “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.”

For more information and to sign up: visit, call (415) 561-3077 or (415) 561-4755, or email For information on Golden Gate National Recreation Area, go to

By Michael Feinstein, public affairs specialist, Golden Gate National Recreation Area