San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park conducts several sailings at no charge to nonprofit organizations that support local communities and underserved populations. Due to the vessel’s ability to reach populations typically underserved by regular park programming (including inner-city, at-risk and mobility-challenged), the park will consider requests from nonprofit organizations that provide services to these groups.
Sailings leave from Hyde Street Pier May through November and can take place Thursdays, Fridays, or occasionally on a Saturday. Availability of the vessel Alma for External Program uses is subject to regularly scheduled park programming.
Download the application (PDF).
Applications are due January 15th for that years sailing season and must include evidence of the organizations tax-exempt status.
Applications should be submitted, preferably through email to the Chief of Interpretation at e-mail us by January 15th for that years sailing season.
Applications can also be mailed to
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Attention: Chief of Interpretation
2 Marina Blvd, Building E, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94123
Applicants will get a response from the park by March 15th.
Since sailings are limited, applications are prioritized by the following four factors:
Learning Experiences: The sails program seeks to provide learning opportunities to underserved audiences, especially those not previously exposed to maritime activities.
Community Anchors: Organizations that improve the quality of life, enrich community members’ knowledge and/or provide programs or services that connect individuals to resources in the broader community service infrastructure.
Mission Focus: Organizations that connect to and further the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park and/or National Park Service mission and subject matter
Park Stewardship: Extending educational opportunities, expanding support or care of park resources, or promoting the use of technology to facilitate discovery of knowledge and cultural heritage.