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Garden Stewards

Garden Stewards maintain and enhance the Presidio’s historic gardens while learning about horticulture, historic landscape preservation, and environmental sustainability. Learn how green debris is turned into compost for our nursery and other landscapes, help organize salvaged materials for creative reuse, or pick-up litter along our beautiful trails and overlooks. This award-winning program helps the Presidio divert more than 60% of its waste from the landfill each year. Activities often include tending compost, gardening, planting, weeding, watering, spreading mulch, and clearing historic rock walls and pathways.

Community Garden Stewards tend and maintain the Presidio’s historic community garden at Ft. Scott or one of six other neighborhood community gardens in the Presidio. The Presidio’s community gardens serve as important gathering spaces, where people can meet their neighbors, connect with nature, and learn about growing wholesome, local foods. Activities often include tending vegetable, herb and ornamental beds; turning compost piles; weeding and mulching paths; washing pots; transplanting seedlings; or assisting with garden-based construction projects. Volunteers may also harvest vegetables for use in Presidio restaurants, and we often share foods from the garden!

When

Every Thursday, 9 am to Noon

Meeting Location

Meet at the Temporary Presidio Transit Center a few minutes prior to the start of the program for a prompt 9:00 am departure. Look for an orange trailer with "VOLUNTEER" on the side as a meeting location landmark. Volunteers will be shuttled by van to the project site.

​Project Site​s for This Month

Thursday, 11/28: Garden Stewards: CANCELLED
Thursday, 12/5: Garden Stewards: Fort Scott Meadow
Thursday, 12/12: Garden Stewards: Portola Community Garden
Thursday, 12/19: Garden Stewards: CANCELLED
Thursday, 12/26: Garden Stewards: CANCELLED

Contact Information

(415) 561-5332 or volunteer@presidio.gov

​GROUPS

Groups of five or more require special arrangements and must be confirmed in advance. Fill out the Group Project Request Form.

AGE, SKILLS, WHAT TO BRING:

To save time on your first visit, please bring a completed Presidio Trust Volunteer Agreement Form ​(download English, Spanish, Chinese). Our staff al​so have copies of these forms available on-site, if needed.

Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the parental consent section of these forms signed by a parent/legal guardian or they will not be allowed to participate. Please review our Youth Policy Guidelines (PDF) for youth under the age of 15.

We'll be working rain or shine. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Bring layers for changing weather and rain gear if necessary.

Bring a personal water bottle and sunscreen.

No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided. Fulfills community service requirements.

The Golden Gate National Parks Volunteer Program is a partnership of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust.