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!
Every Thursday, 9 am to Noon
Meet at the
Presidio Transit Center on the bay-facing side of the building a few minutes prior to the start of the program for a prompt 9:00 am departure. Volunteers will be shuttled by van to the project site.
Project Sites for This Month
Thursday, 8/1: Garden Stewards at Mountain Lake Trail (meet near East Arm)
Thursday, 8/8: Garden Stewards at Fort Scott Community Garden
Thursday, 8/15: Garden Stewards at Rob Hill Campground
Thursday, 8/22: Garden Stewards at Baker Beach Community Garden
Thursday, 8/29: Garden Stewards at Rob Hill Campground
(415) 561-5332 or
Volunteer Agreement Forms
Please bring the completed forms to the project (first visit only):
How to Participate
Individuals, families, and groups of four or fewer are welcome to attend without prior registration and no long-term commitment is required. Simply show up at the meeting location, sign-in and submit a completed volunteer agreement form.
Groups of five or more must register in advance. Please visit our
Group Service Projects page for details.
This program fulfills most community service requirements.
Age & Skill-Level Guidelines:
All ages are welcome. If bringing youth under age 15, please read the
Families and Youth Policy Guidelines.
No experience is necessary. Training will be provided, as well as all necessary tools, supplies, and gloves.
What to Wear & What to Bring:
Be prepared for variable and unpredictable weather conditions. Our programs happen rain or shine! Please bring your own rain gear, if necessary.
Please wear clothes that can get dirty, and dress in layers. Long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes are required (no shorts or sandals). Bring a hat and/or sunglasses, and wear sunscreen.
Bring a reusable water bottle. Water stations will be available for refills.
Bring a completed
volunteer agreement form.
Groups of five or more participants must be scheduled in advance. Please refer to our Group Service Projects page.