The Volunteer Division’s Youth Services team coordinates and runs a variety of programs that offer youth and educators opportunities to connect with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s parks and open spaces city wide.
Youth Stewardship Program (YSP)
The Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) runs from November through May and engages youth and school groups, grades K-12, in environmental education and service-learning field trips in parks citywide. Our program mission is to foster an understanding of their important role in building healthy social and natural communities.
YSP exposes urban students to an outdoor learning environment that proves to be engaging and challenging. Each trip is 2.5 hours long and includes an environmental education and restoration component. Students are taught science, environmental education, local natural and cultural history, social responsibility, a personal connection to their communities, and fundamental life skills.
The program is free of cost. Teachers can register their classes beginning in the fall of the school year, using the button below, and the program is usually full by the end of December.
Not able to schedule a trip this year, but keen to explore our parks? Plan your own visit to the park with the help of these printable PDF guides!
by Karah Fisher
An activity book for your young person to complete in any SF park
¡Un Día en el Parque!
Actividades de Exploración del Parque
by the 2021-22 YSP Team
A bird guide for the lakes and wetlands of Golden Gate Park
- Youth Stewardship Program 2022-23 Annual Report
- YSP Summary in Numbers 2022-23
- Youth Stewardship Program's 2021-22 Annual Report
- YSP Summary in Numbers 2021-22
Group Community Service Projects
To organize a service-only project for your group or class year-round, please complete a Group Park Volunteer Request Form .
Not sure how or where you’d like to volunteer? No problem! Get in touch with staff at email@example.com.