The EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park

The EcoCenter located in Heron’s Head Park serves as a classroom for many local schools, community-based organizations, and government agencies. The EcoCenter’s motto of discovering Nature through Hands-on learning is exhibited in their programming and seasonal workshops. Beyond the classroom, the EcoCenter includes an outdoor Nature Exploration Area, winner of UNICEF’s 2021 Cities Inspires Award, for the safe, clean, sustainable, and child-friendly environments category. Youth and families can play in the Create with Nature Zones, challenge their balance on the suspended rope bridge, hide in the tree cave or simply relax taking in the views and reflecting on the juxtaposition of the park and its Industrial surrounding.  

The EcoCenter also offer days camps during the summer and special events throughout the year! Visit our website often and sign-up to RPD’s newsletter to stay informed. 

Open Hours:

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.)
  • The EcoCenter is closed to the public throughout the month of June to the first week of August due to our annual summer camp, Wetland Explorers. 
  • Saturdays remain open and available for rentals year-round.
  • The Nature Exploration Area is open from sunrise to sunset.

Parking: First come first serve in Heron’s Head Park Parking

Rentals: The EcoCenter is available for community rentals. See the rental page to learn details.

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  1. Current Programs
  2. Advisory Committee
  3. Site Features

Free Community Programs

Self-guided Heron's Head Park Adventure Booklet

Explore and Learn --- School-year program; Last Tuesday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon 

Join us and our partners, Edgewood Resource Center and Tandem partners in early learning, during our monthly bilingual interactive workshop for PreK youth on the last Tuesday of every month (minus December). Explore the park on a guided sensory hike and settle into our cushy mats for story time.  Event is free and Bayview Pre-K youth and daycares. Masks highly encouraged for all participant of all attending adults. Must register to attend. For more information and to register, contact EcoCenter staff at or (415) 676-1394.

Trail Talks --- Every Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. 

Join the EcoCenter staff for a casual nature walk along the trail of Heron’s Head Park. Participate to learn about the shoreline ecology, the history of the EcoCenter, and our ongoing programming. Prepare for the weather and we will see you at the EcoCenter! 

Dates for Summer Trail Talks 2022

July 30, 20223-4 p.m.Outgoing tide
August 6, 20221-2 p.m.Incoming tide
August 20, 20221-2 p.m.Incoming tide
August 27, 20222-3 p.m.Outgoing tide

Storytime Legends --- Dates vary from 10 a.m. to noon. See flier here

Storytime legends engages children 3 to 7 years old and their families. Come in and enjoy a book reading with a corresponding hands-on activity. For more information and to RSVP, contact EcoCenter staff at or (415) 676-1394. 

Fieldtrips and Tours

Youth Stewardship Program (YSP)—This program serves K-12 youth and runs from September through May, or until full. 

Book a guided field trip for your class. YSP exposes urban students to an outdoor learning environment that proves to be engaging and challenging. Students are taught science, environmental education, local natural and cultural history, social responsibility, a personal connection to their communities, and fundamental life skills. If you’re interested in incorporating a youth stewardship component to your curriculum, please complete a Youth Stewardship Program application. Someone from our Youth Services Volunteer Team will contact you within two weeks of receiving your application. 

EcoCenter Tour/Fieldtrips--- This program is open for ALL ages year round.

Are you interested in scheduling a guided EcoCenter tour or fieldtrip to learn about the building’s green features and program offerings? Please complete our Request Form.  To distinguish your request from a volunteer request, please type “EcoCenter Tour or Fieldtrip” in the notes/description box when prompted. 

Recreation Programs


EcoCenter hosts a variety of recreation programs such as fishing and our annual Summer Camp. To learn more about these seasonal programs and register please visit or call (628) 652-2900.

For scholarship information: or (415) 831-2717

For registration questions: or (415) 831-6800

Volunteer Experiences

Wetland Restoration Volunteer Work Party --- First Wednesday of the Month from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Join us as and Golden Gate Audubon Society in removing invasive nonnative species from the wetlands including marine debris. Tools and guidance provided. To sign up, visit our volunteer calendar

Nature Exploration Area Volunteer Work Party --- Third Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon (Starting in May). 

Come lend a hand and help weed, water, prune, remove trash and take care of the EcoCenter’s Nature Exploration Area and adjacent landscape. Tools and guidance provided. To sign up, visit our volunteer calendar.

Custom Volunteer Experience for your group or organization

Are interested getting your organization out of the office to connect with nature and give back while bonding as a team? Do you have a group 10+ friends and family that want to volunteer but nothing on our Volunteer Calendar works with your schedule? Look no further and start the process in coordinating your private volunteer experience with us at the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park. We’ll work with you to customize your experience while meeting the park’s needs. To get started, complete our Group Volunteer Request Form today!


EcoCenter Rental and Permits

Due to the EcoCenter's unique purpose and location, rentals are limited to community meetings, educational community events, programs, and public workshop. If your event falls within these categories, we’d love to share this space with you. To submit a rental request, please complete the Indoor Facility Application Form 2021 ( To learn more about rental guidelines and costs, please visit our page in Permits and Reservation under indoor facility.

To learn more about any of these programs, please contact our EcoCenter staff at or (415) 676-1394.