Community Garden Workshops this Fall

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this fall, including our next Garden Resource Day on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden! For additional Community Garden events this fall, click here: Garden Events For Fall  To RSVP … Continue reading

Youth Stewardship Program Kick-off Series in October

Join us for a series of kick-off events in October for our Youth Stewardship Program (YSP), which engages youth from 2nd to 12th grade in environmental education and service-learning field trips in parks and open spaces citywide. At these events, teachers can learn more about our free programming, meet our … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Dives in for Coastal Cleanup Day 2018

SAN FRANCISCO –  The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will spearhead the City’s effort to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, collecting trash and inspiring stewardship along San Francisco’s eastern shoreline in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, fellow government agencies, and community groups.   Partners in the massive cleanup include the California … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Dives in for Coastal Cleanup Day 2018

SAN FRANCISCO –  The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will spearhead the City’s effort to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, collecting trash and inspiring stewardship along San Francisco’s eastern shoreline in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, fellow government agencies, and community groups. Partners in the massive cleanup include the … Continue reading

The Youth Stewardship Program is Hiring!

We’re gearing up to start the new 2018-2019 year and are hiring Environmental Educator Interns! If you’re interested in becoming an Environmental Educator intern and gaining work experience in a government agency, visit our page to learn more about our program, or apply now by clicking here. We’re seeking three motivated … Continue reading

Celebrate Earth Month by Volunteering in our Parks!

Join our Earth Month Madness this April by volunteering in our parks! We have numerous volunteer workdays across the city that are perfect for celebrating our planet! For more information or to RSVP for any of these events please email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or call (415) 831-6330 Where: Alamo Square (Hayes & … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks’ Youth Leaders to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that its youth leadership program known as Greenagers, will be leading park stewardship project and community engagement efforts to celebrate National Public Lands Day at Michelangelo Playground located at Greenwich and Jones Streets on Saturday, September 30th.  This … Continue reading

Open Gardens Day on September 22

Join us to celebrate Open Gardens Day across the city on September 22, 2018. Listed below are the community gardens that will be open with each featuring various educational, recreational and social activities! Alemany Farm –  Location: 700 Alemany Boulevard. (Alemany and Ellsworth Street) Open Hours: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Host Citywide Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department will take the lead to coordinate citywide efforts to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day in partnership with hundreds of volunteers and fellow government agencies and community groups including California Coastal Commission, California Department of Parks and … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture/Community Garden Resource Day on December 11

We’re excited to announce the relaunch of Urban Agriculture Resource Centers! Please join us on Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden (780 Frederick Street). Materials will … Continue reading

YSP is Hiring Environmental and Recreation Education Interns for the 2016-2017 School Year!

Do you like working outdoors and working with youth? Are you excited to educate the next generation about caring for the world around them? Want to get your environmental education career off the ground? Join a team of SCA/Americorps interns and run the Youth Stewardship Program this year from October 2016 – … Continue reading

Docent Volunteer Opportunity at the SF Botanical Garden

Like plants? Love people? Become a docent at San Francisco Botanical Garden! Docents delight, inspire and teach visitors by leading tours and interactive, hands-on activities in the Garden. Participate in one of our biannual trainings and explore the wondrous collections of San Francisco Botanical Garden, while gaining skills to share … Continue reading

Volunteer Opportunity: Green Team Coordinator

The Green Team is a drop-in gardening group that supports the maintenance of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Volunteers will work alongside SF Recreation & Parks gardeners, helping to mulch, weed, plant and maintain our rare and unique collections. The Green Team Coordinator will help the gardeners supervise volunteer projects, and assist in maintaining … Continue reading

San Francisco Botanical Garden Internship

Seeking Interns for the SF Botanical Garden The San Francisco Botanical Garden is seeking interns to perform 350 hours of service under the supervision of SFRPD gardeners in a variety of capacities. Intern responsibilities shall include watering, mulching, pruning, weed management, soil replenishment, green waste removal and planting. Interns will attend supplemental … Continue reading

Winter YSP Update

Hi everyone, as the holiday break approaches, we just wanted to give a quick update on our past few months and let everyone know that the Youth Stewardship Program for the 2015-2016 school year is off to a great start! So far, the new YSP team has led 10 in-class … Continue reading

Become a Children’s Walk Guide at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Each year at San Francisco Botanical Garden, Children’s Walk Guides introduce more than 12,000 (K-5) school children to the wonders of the natural world. As a volunteer guide, you can experience the Garden through a child’s eyes, connecting them with the environment by exploring the plants, animals and insects that … Continue reading

YSP 2014-15 Accomplishments

The Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) has made it through another successful school-year! The 2014-2015 school year has been an awesome experience for this years interns. From their very first time leading a field trip to their very last, our Environmental Educators have learned and grown from their experiences; continuing the program’s … Continue reading

Women’s History Month: Dorothy Erskine

A Profile on Dorothy Erskine, Environmental Crusader (1896-1982) By Rebecca Montgomery, San Francisco State University Intern Dorothy Erskine may not be a familiar household name, but it has had tremendous impact on how environmentalism influenced the Bay Area and the consequent urban planning that ensued after the crushing Great Depression. … Continue reading

Volunteers Needed at SF Botanical Garden

Become a Children’s Walk Guide at the San Francisco Botanical Garden Every school year, our children’s walk guides introduce young children to the wonders of the natural world, often for the first time. Experience the Botanical Garden through children’s eyes and connect them with the environment through an exploration of … Continue reading

PROSAC Volunteer Day at Garfield Park

Phil Ginsburg greeted several members of the Park and Recreation Open Space Advisory Committee/PROSAC who recently volunteered their time giving Garfield Park a little clean-up. PROSAC members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors serve as liaisons between the RPD Commission, residents, neighborhood groups and organizations dedicated to park and recreational issues in … Continue reading

YSP is hiring!

The Youth Stewardship Program is hiring 2014-15 Environmental Education Interns! We are looking for fabulous applicants who are interested in working with youth in San Francisco parks running our free field trip program. Check out the website IdeaList for a detailed description of the opportunity. Interested applicants can email zoe.burton@sfgov.org … Continue reading

Natural Areas Program at Oak Woodlands

A snapshot of the SFRPD Natural Areas Program staff and volunteers taking care of some of the oldest Coastal Live Oak trees in the city of San Francisco at the Oak Woodlands, an extraordinary remnant of native landscape in the northeast corner of Golden Gate Park. Come join the fun … Continue reading

SF Botanical Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Green Team Member Duration- Ongoing, varying commitment, starting on January 7, 2014 Time Commitment- Three hours per week commitment either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10-1. Responsibilities- Green Team members are key volunteers in keeping the Garden beautifully maintained. They work with a coordinator and Rec and Park Gardeners in all … Continue reading

Dolores Park Works & GM Phil Ginsburg share a successful Dolores Park cleanup day

SECOND BREAKFAST AND A PARK CLEAN-UP GETS IT DONE by Lauren Hartman Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager made a surprise appearance at the Dolores Park Works/Bi-Rite Breakfast and a Park Clean-Up on Monday morning. Phil thanked everyone for turning out and told us that volunteers are essential to Rec and … Continue reading

San Francisco State University Freshmen Welcome Days

On Saturday, August 24, SFRPD collaborated with community partners, the SF Parks Alliance and the Dept of Public Works to host a day of volunteer service at Lake Merced and Golden Gate Park for incoming students to San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.   Over 120 matriculating freshmen … Continue reading

Hayes Valley Neighbors at Patricia’s Green

SFRPD staff gardeners, Robert McNeill and Todd Sucy, led a volunteer work party with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association at the beautiful Patricia’s Green on Saturday, July 27. Additional volunteers from the Walden House graciously collaborated in this effort.  The group made preparations for the upcoming Autumn planting season by … Continue reading

Hoorah! We are almost ready to open the Garden.

As some of you may have seen walking past the garden, construction is close to complete. The garden will combine demonstration gardens, programming and workshops, a native plant nursery and materials/tool distribution, etc. with a combination of individual and shared plots, all of which will provide an invaluable resource for … Continue reading

The Smurfs Celebrate “America the Bluetiful”

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Invites you to volunteer to help Bluetify Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park!  Bluetify Stow Lake Wednesday July 10 from 10am-12noon Family Friendly Volunteer Event, please RSVP to recparkvounteer@sfgov.org for more details.  Smurf characters will be onsite to help bluetify as well as volunteer … Continue reading

Juri Commoners

Neighbors convened on June 29 for their monthly Saturday workday.  The Juri Commoners are volunteers who care for Juri Commons, a park in the southwestern corner of San Francisco’s Mission District, built on the old railroad right-of-way between Guerrero Street, San Jose Avenue and 25th and 26th Streets. They work … Continue reading