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 resuse 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.
Reoccurring Activities at the EcoCenter:
Come get your groove on with Zumba Instructor Iza, fluff your feathers, absorb the sun’s rays and views the EcoCenter has to offer every Friday from 2:00-3:00pm.
- Every Friday from 2:00-3:00pm
Sunday Trail Engagement
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 urbans 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 10:00am-12:00pm.
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 10:00-12:00pm
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 2nd Saturday for the month 10:00-12:00pm
- Every 3rd Saturday of the Month 9:30-12:00pm
- Every 1st Sunday of the Month 1:30-3:30pm
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 10:00-11:30am
- Every 2nd Wednesday from 11am-12:30pm
- Every 3rd Friday from 10:00-11:30am
- Every 4th Wednesday from 11am-12:30pm
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 2nd Thursday of the month from 10:00-12:00pm
- Every 4th Thursday of the month from 10:00-12:00pm
In honor of National Public Lands Day, join us for our EcoCenter Playday on Saturday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Heron’s Head Park (32 Jennings Street.) Begin the … Continue reading
Our Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) engages youth 2nd-12th grade in environmental education and service learning field trips in parks and open spaces city wide. We are hosting three YSP Kick-Off events for teachers to learn more about our free programming, meet our environmental educators, and register for classes for the … Continue reading
The EcoCenter facility was a community-designed initiative, having integrated the voices of hundreds of community members and organizations over the course of a decade of planning.
With that in mind, the EcoCenter Advisory Committee (EAC) was created to continue to allow a collaborative framework that incorporates the voices, feedback and guidance from the Bayview Hunter's Point Community. EAC members and partners having been working together over 4 years now developing the EcoCenter as a thriving hub for all facets of the surrounding community by strengthening and building on the EcoCenter’s existing educational programming and partnerships.
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.
RPD strives to reach communities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and will focus significant time and resources on ensuring that a large percentage of families and youth living in the Bayview Hunter’s Point Community are being served.
Free Education Program for educators- Through our Youth Stewardship Program(YSP), our Environmental Educator interns facilitate guided environmental focused field trips to youth groups citywide. If you're interested in signing up for a guided trip at the EcoCenter in Heron's Head Park. Please fill out our Youth Stewardship Program Request Form.
Volunteer Opportunities- We offer an assortment of volunteer opportunities citywide. However, we'd like to invite you to volunteer at the EcoCenter and Heron's Head Park to preserve the landscape that provides a home and resting ground to over 100 birds and wildlife and serene recreational escape for the community to enjoy. To volunteer at Heron's Head Park(HHP), please complete our group request form and state that you'd like to volunteer at HHP.
Public Education Programs/Workshops/Tours- Rec and park assumed the role of the EcoCenter Operator on March 1, 2019. The staff have been working on developing new opportunities for the public and with the support of community partners and stakeholders, the goal is to provide an assortment of free program offerings, activities and workshops for the community. To see current offerings, please check-out our calendar.
Internship Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults- Rec and Park offers two unique internship opportunities for youth and adults at the EcoCenter.
Since 2013 our Greenager Program has been offering 12 teens that live in or attend a school in the Bayview, the opportunity to serve as a Greenager engaging is park stewardship, leadership, and recreational team building experiences. To learn more please contact 415-831-6319.
Since 1997, Rec and Park has been training and building up the skills of young adults leaders interested in Environmental Education guiding interpretive fieldtrips to youth at various San Francisco Natural areas. Every year we hire four Environmental Educator interns(EEIs) and this year we will be hiring two additional interns dedicated to learning the ropes at EcoCenter. To see the job descriptions and apply, visit our jobs page and click on the Environmental Educator Internship tab.
Facility Rentals for meetings, workshops and small gatherings- The EcoCenter space was created to be used as an educational classroom and assembly space for the community. The space can be reserved for meetings, workshops, and education programs whose values align with the EcoCenter. To reserve the space, please complete our online application here.
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