The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park
The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park is a unique treasure in the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community. It is a space for environmental education, workshops, assembly and place where youth, families and community can gather and engage with nature. The EcoCenter facility was designed to be a classroom and serve as a model of green building technology. It is an off-the-grid facility with its own solar energy system including a living roof, sustainable building materials, on-site wastewater treatment and rainwater harvesting and reuse systems. In July of 2013, the EcoCenter was certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and Green Building Certification Institute with LEED PLATINUM-Leader in Energy and Environmental Design.
The EcoCenter was designed by Toby Long Design and was a collaborative project between Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) the Port of San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the California Coastal Conservancy for the benefit and enjoyment of the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community and beyond.
The Park and Facility is owned and maintained by the Port of San Francisco and operated by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. To reserve The EcoCenter, visit our page.
Location: 32 Jennings Street, San Francisco, CA 94124
Ongoing Activities at the EcoCenter:
Trail Engagement Program
Come delve a little deeper and learn about the EcoCenter and Heron’s Head Park through your very own senses. See what lurks with your own two eyes, hear the complex range of sounds from bustling urban scapes to the subtle sounds of the bay, use your hands to explore the grooves and textures of animals past and present, and enjoy the pleasant fragrance of Native Flora.
- Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon
Healthy Parks Healthy People every 4th Saturday from 10:00-12:00pm
In partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area, a collaborative effort between 40 local agencies, SF Rec and Park presents its Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative. Explore our city’s natural areas while socializing with new friends, feeling fit, and finding new inspiration in our city’s native plants and wildlife.
Our professional RPD Guides will provide a short interpretive program designed specifically for each location. The staff will have first aid equipment and are certified in CPR. Please remember to bring your water and sun protection.
- Every 4th Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon
Drop-in Volunteer Workdays
Come lend a hand and help weed, water, prune, remove trash and take care of the EcoCenter landsacpe and Heron’s Head Park. Tools, water and light snacks provided. All volunteers must sign waiver.
- Every 1st Friday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to noon - in collaboration with
- Every 2nd Saturday of the month 10 a.m. to noon
- Every 3rd Saturday of the Month 9:30 a.m. to noon
- Every 3rd Sunday of the month, 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - in collaboration with
First time at Heron’s Head Park? Maybe you’re a regular? Whatever the case…come join us on this guided tour of the EcoCenter and Heron’s Head Park. Learn about the building, the development of this park and current program offerings while mingling and getting your steps in. Meet your neighbors and fellow park advocates in this relaxed easy paced tour.
- Every 1st Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Every 2nd Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Every 3rd Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
- Every 4th Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Amateur Bird Walks every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10:00-12:00pm
Interested in learning how to Bird within a flock of like-minded individuals? Then come join us and learn some basic tips and tricks in a safe non-judgmental learning environment. Expert birders welcome but this is an amateur group intended to be a starting point for folks with zero birding experience.
- Every 1st Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon
- Every 2nd Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon
- Every 4th Thursday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon
- Every 4th Saturday of the month, from 10 a.m. to noon
For more information, please contact our EcoCenter staff at (415) 676-1394.
The EcoCenter Advisory Committee (EAC) was created to provide advice and support to EcoCenter staff to enhance EcoCenter programs, community engagement, and be ambassadors for the EcoCenter and its programs throughout the Southeast Community.
The EAC consists of a minimum of 10 members/organizations. These members represent the diversity of organizations within Southeast San Francisco as well as the diverse community in this region. Individual representatives and/or organizations may represent the education, community, government, environmental, faith based and/or corporate sectors.
Jarae Clark, MSW Executive Director-City of Dreams
Jacqueline Flin-Executive Director
Kurt Grimes- Program Manager
Karen Pierce-Environmental Justice Program/Population Health Division
Jessica Campos- Head Start Program Manager
Annemarie Dompe- Community Advocate
Susie Wasserstrom-Friends of the Urban Forest
Angelique Thompkins- Bay.org Ecotarium Board Member and longstanding Bayview Hunter’s Point Community Advocate
Energy Systems-The EcoCenter produces and stores its own electrical energy via 24 solar photovoltaic panels (4.6 kilowatts) and a battery storage bank.
Wastewater Treatment-All water used at the EcoCenter is treated onsite. The processes involve irradiation of effluent and incorporation of a constructed wetland for further purification.
Rainwater Harvesting-The EcoCenter captures rainwater that falls on the roof in three 4,800 gallon tanks. These tanks supply water to the living roof and surrounding landscaping.
Native Plants Landscape-Only native plants are used for the living roof at the EcoCenter. Because native plants evolved over thousands to millions of years, they are adapted to our climate and soils.
Permeable Pavement-All pathways are made of permeable materials that permit the movement of stormwater through its surfaces into the ground below. This is important since there is no tie-in to the sewer system of the City.
Living Roof-Covered with native plants, the living (or green) roof absorbs rainwater, thus reducing stormwater runoff from the building that could cause erosion.
Sustainable Building Materials-The EcoCenter was created using an extensive array of sustainably harvested, sourced, reused, and recycled materials, as well as energy and resource efficient design features and fixtures.