Volunteer Programs

Are you excited to volunteer in San Francisco’s more than 220 parks and recreation facilities? Volunteers like you contributed 260,000 hours of service this past year, representing an invaluable contribution to our city through activities like planting California native and drought-tolerant plants, teaching Zumba at a local Rec Center, or painting faces at special events. Find opportunities in every corner of the city that are as diverse as your interests, skills, and abilities. Our volunteers include individuals and school, community, business, and international groups. 

  1. Park Volunteers
  2. Recreation Volunteers
  3. For Educators
  4. For Teens
  5. The EcoCenter

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Volunteer in our Parks
Try out your green thumb or help clean up your neighborhood park. From Mission Dolores Park to Golden Gate Park, there’s a wealth of exciting volunteer opportunities in our parks. Volunteers participate in a variety of park maintenance projects, including weeding, planting, mulching, habitat restoration, trash pickup, painting, and trail work.

Habitat restoration work happens primarily in the undeveloped outdoor spaces managed by our Natural Resources Division. Volunteers can participate in a wide variety of restoration activities, such as planting and propagating native plants, controlling erosion, and monitoring wildlife habitat. 

We welcome drop-in volunteers! We can accommodate individuals or groups on a one-time or ongoing basis any day of the week. 

For individuals or small groups of up to nine people: Check out our regular work party calendar to sign up for an event.

For groups of 10 or more:  Fill out a Group Park Volunteer Request Form. Please allow up to five weeks to process your request. For groups of 100 or more, please allow up to three months for processing. 

Adult Waiver Form | Youth Waiver Form

Questions? Email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or call 415-831-6884. 

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California native plant volunteers
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  1. Aug 8
  2. Legion of Honor Ongoing Volunteer Project

    Volunteering with the Friends of the Legion of Hon...
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  3. Panhandle Park Volunteer Event

    Get to know your neighbors at this monthly Panhand...
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  4. Strawberry Hill Butterfly Habitat Restoration Project

    If you love your parks, and are looking for a mean...
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  1. Aug 15
  2. White Crown Sparrow Habitat Restoration at the Bison Paddock

    Volunteer with the Audubon Society at the Bison Pa...
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  3. Buena Vista Neighborhood Association Volunteer Workparty

    Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Buena Vista Neigh...
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  1. Aug 22
  2. Visitacion Valley Greenway Volunteer Workparty

    Join the Friends of the Visitaction Valley Greenwa...
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  3. North Lake Volunteer Workparty

    Join the members of the Audubon Society and the SF...
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  4. Alvord Lake Volunteer Project

    Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task ...
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  1. Aug 29
  2. Golden Gate Heights Park Volunteer Workparty

    Join the RPD gardeners and Golden Gate Heights com...
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  1. Sep 5
  2. Alamo Square Park Greening

    Volunteers needed for Park Greening Day! Come out...
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  3. Palou Phelps Park Volunteer Workparty

    Join the SFRPD gardeners in a recurring habitat r...
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  1. Sep 12
  2. Saturn Street Steps Park Volunteer Project

    Join the neighbors of the Saturn Street Steps for ...
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