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Volunteer with Us!

Volunteer with the Maintenance Volunteers-In-Parks Program! Help the National Park Service maintenance crew preserve and beautify historic landscapes and structures in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Projects include litter and sand removal, planting and pruning native flora, weeding invasive plants, cutting back vegetation, painting, and trail maintenance.

Join us for a weekly program, schedule a program 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 - CANCELLED until further notice

We host projects every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, except on Federal Holidays. Check this webpage for our most up-to-date schedules and cancellation information. 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).

Required: Please bring a completed volunteer agreement form with you. If you are unable to print this form, we will have forms available to fill out on site. Each volunteer must have a signed form in order to participate. Each volunteer under 18 years old must have their agreement signed by a parent or guardian.

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

 
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Sutro Heights Park | Every Wednesday 9am to Noon

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.

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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. Consult the table below for details..

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March 2020 April 2020 May 2020
3/5 East Beach 4/2 East Beach 5/7 East Beach
3/12 Warming Hut Picnic Tables 4/9 Warming Hut Picnic Tables 5/14 Warming Hut Picnic Tables
3/19 Lands End Navy Memorial 4/16 China Beach 5/21 Baker Beach
3/26 Crissy Airfield - Stilwell Hall 4/23 Lands End Merrie Way 5/28 Crissy Airfield - Stilwell Hall
4/30 Crissy Airfield - Stilwell Hall
 
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Fort Mason | Every Friday 9am to Noon

Meet at flagpole in front of Park Headquarters just west of intersection of MacArthur Avenue & Franklin Street in San Francisco.

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Ocean Beach | Every 2nd Friday 9am to Noon

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.

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Nike Missile Site SF-88 | Every 3rd 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.
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Special Events

Volunteer with us for a special event! Event details will be updated on this website and/or our park partner event site when we know the program dates for each year.

 
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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service | January

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service calls on everyday people each year to make the third Monday in January "a day on, not a day off."

 
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Earth Day | April

Volunteer program to celebrate Earth Day, usually on the Saturday on or before Earth Day.

 
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National Park Week | April

National Park Week typically has special programs and extra group projects available and Junior Ranger Day and Earth Day usually fall during National Park Week.
 
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Junior Ranger Day | April

Volunteer to earn your Junior Ranger Badge! As part of the Junior Ranger Day celebration, volunteers can do a restoration or litter project.
 
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National Trails Day | June

First Saturday in June is National Trails Day.
 
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Coastal Cleanup Day | September

Third Saturday in September is our state's largest annual volunteer event – California Coastal Cleanup Day! This is a park-wide event with many opportunities to volunteer to cleanup and beautify the park.
 

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 at: goga_maintenance_vip@nps.gov

Last updated: March 20, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone:

(415) 561-4700

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