Historic Landscaping and Maintenance Volunteers

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Attention: COVID-19 Response

All of our programs are currently canceled until further notice. This includes our weekly, group, and Adopt-a-Site programs. Please check this webpage periodically for updates, or contact us directly at goga_maintenance_vip@nps.gov for more information.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and hope we will be able to see you soon!

 

Volunteer with Us!

Come help the maintenance crew preserve and beautify historic landscapes and structures in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Projects include (but are not limited to!):

  • planting and pruning native gardens
  • weeding invasive plants
  • painting curbs and historic batteries
  • clearing sand and vegetation from walkways and trails
  • maintaining park benches, picnic tables, and fences
  • picking up litter

Join us for a weekly program, schedule a project for your group, attend a special event, become an intern, or adopt a special site. There are many ways to support your park!

 

Weekly Programs

We host projects every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (except for federal holidays). Check this webpage or contact us for up-to-date cancellation information in cases of severe weather or other environmental hazards. Weekly programs are for individuals or small groups of less than 5 people. If you have more than 5 people, please schedule a group program.

When you find a program to attend, please help us plan ahead by signing up on our partner site (sign up here for our Nike Missile Site program).

Volunteers under 18 years old must bring a completed volunteer agreement form with them. This form must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Volunteers should wear clothes that can get dirty, long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toed shoes or boots. Be prepared for variable weather conditions by dressing in layers and by bringing a refillable water bottle, hat, jacket, sunscreen, sunglasses, and rain jacket.

 
Sutro Heights lion statue

Sutro Heights Park | Every Wednesday 9am to Noon

Spend the morning gardening terraced beds, rose bushes, and more at Sutro Heights Park. Meet at North entrance of park by lion statues gate across the street from the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center parking lot, just west of intersection of Point Lobos Avenue, 48th Avenue, & El Camino Del Mar in San Francisco.

View map of meeting location or visit our partner site for more details.

 
Volunteers walking through natural area

Presidio Shoreline and Beyond | Every Thursday 9am to Noon

Locations for this program vary weekly and rotate between Crissy Field, Baker Beach, China Beach, and Lands End. Projects at these sites often include litter pickup, gardening and weeding, painting, trail maintenace, and sand removal. Consult the table below for details..

View map of meeting locations or visit our partner site for more details.

 
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Fort Mason | Every Friday 9am to Noon

Plant, prune, and mulch gardens and landscapes at Fort Mason. Meet at flagpole in front of Park Headquarters just west of intersection of MacArthur Avenue & Franklin Street in San Francisco.

View map of meeting location or visit our partner site for more details.

 
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Ocean Beach | Every 2nd Friday 9am to Noon

Enjoy the beach while gardening, painting, picking up litter, and removing sand and vegetation from walkways. Meet at Stairwell #17 of the Ocean Beach seawall, located across the street from the Beach Chalet Brewery and Restaurant. Accessible from the parking lot just south of intersection of Great Highway and John F. Kennedy Drive in San Francisco.
View map of meeting location or visit our partner site for more details.
 
Four volunteers painting at the Nike Missile Site

Nike Missile Site SF-88 | Every 4th Friday 9:30am to 12:30pm

Meet at SFO Missile Site SF-88 in Marin Headlands. Enter headlands via Bunker Road, turn left on Field Road, pass Marin Headlands Visitor Center parking lot, then take your first right to arrive at the missile site. There is usually no cell phone reception at this site, so take note of directions before arriving.
View map of meeting location or visit our partner site for more details.
 

Special Events

Volunteer with us for a special event! We host projects for Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Earth Day, National Trails Day, Coastal Cleanup Day, and more. Event details will be updated and registration will open as the day approaches.

 
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Earth Day | April 22, 2021

The theme for Earth Day 2021 is "Restore Our Earth." Unfortunately, the maintenance division will not be hosting any projects for Earth Day this year. We hope to see you next year!
 
volunteers pick up litter on beach

National Park Week | April 17-25, 2021

Discover, learn, and explore during National Park Week! Each day of this special week has its own theme. Learn more on the National Park Service's website.

 
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Celebrating our Volunteers

2020 marked the 50th anniversary of the Volunteers-In-Parks program, which was enacted on July 29, 1970. Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers! If you would like to share your volunteer story, please send it to us at tracy_neal@nps.gov.

 

Schedule a Group

Want to volunteer with your coworkers, classmates, club, service organization, Greek house, faith group, or Scout troop? Group programs are booked through our official park partner, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Find our projects under "Landscaping and Maintenance" on their list of available projects, then fill out and submit this request form. Don't see a date that works for you? Contact us and we'll do our best to accommodate you.

 

Adopt-a-Site

Have an area in the park you're passionate about? Interested in volunteering on your own schedule? Our Adopt-a-Site volunteers take care of historic batteries, planted areas, and more by picking up litter, painting, and gardening. We provide tools and training. Please contact us for more information.

 

Internships

Want to work with our maintenance crew? Our paid internships offer experience in facilities maintenance, landscaping, gardening, and volunteer coordination. Check our partner site to see current internship listings, or feel free to contact us for more information.

 

Contact Us

Have any questions? Send us an email or give us a call, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. We're looking forward to hearing from you!
Email: goga_maintenance_vip@nps.gov
Phone: (415) 416-0432

Last updated: March 24, 2021

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Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco , CA 94123-0022

Phone:

415 561-4700

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