If your family's New Year's resolutions included "get outside more," "spend more time with family," and "give back to the community," the Presidio's rewarding volunteer programs can help you check off all three. Commit to as little as three hours, or make it a new family tradition and return week after week. The kids will be proud of the visible work they've accomplished, and you'll feel good about planting the seeds of stewardship, which can have an impact for generations to come.
Join the MLK Day of Service in the Presidio
Martin Luther King Jr. believed "What are you doing for others?" is life's most persistent and urgent question. To help us find the answer, the third Monday in January was set aside in 1994 as a nationwide "day on, not a day off," honoring MLK's legacy of service. Here in the Presidio, volunteers will be working to maintain and restore natural habitats, preserving the park for the wildlife and humans who depend on the Presidio as a sanctuary in the city.
Get involved: All ages are invited to pitch in at Fort Scott or Crissy Field and ages 8 and up are invited to East Beach on January 16, 9 am to noon. Registration is required, but experience is not. Training and tools provided.
Restore Habitats with the Presidio Park Stewards
Are your plugged-in kids suffering from nature deficit disorder? Volunteering with Presidio Park Stewards is an ideal cure. You'll work to restore and maintain the habitats needed to support the park's surprising diversity of wildlife, which includes 350 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and fish.
Get involved: Stewards meet Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am to noon and Sundays from 10 am to 1 pm; check the calendar for "family friendly" work days where children under 10 are invited to pitch in. Volunteers are picked up at the Transit Center at 9 am (10 am on Sundays) and are taken to the work site.
Nurture Native Plants at the Presidio Nursery
As the Presidio has blossomed from military post to national park, a major focus has been restoring native plant communities, including many threatened, rare, and endangered species. The Presidio Nursery has made this work possible with more than 100,000 native plants grown annually, and help from the tens of thousands of volunteers willing to get dirty for the cause.
Get involved: Every Wednesday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., all ages are invited to the nursery at Fort Scott, to learn about native plants, and help collect and sow seeds and plant seedlings in the park.
The Presidio volunteer program is a cooperative effort of the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Keep your eye on our volunteer calendar and watch for special volunteer events throughout the year, like coastal cleanups and National Trails Day.