Habitat Restoration Opportunities

Join us in activities at habitat restoration sites in San Francisco or the East Bay.  These are drop-in programs, so no need to RSVP,  unless you are an organized group.  If we have a large amount of individuals attending a workday, we will post them as FULL.   If you need directions, or want to schedule a group workday, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.  Please wear sturdy, close-toed shoes, weather appropriate clothes, hat and/or sunscreen.  Bring your own garden gloves and carry a water bottle if you have one to minimize trash.  We’ll provide instruction, gloves, tools, snacks and water.  Heavy rain will cancel the events.  You will be asked to sign a waiver at the event.  Waivers for volunteers under 18 years of age must be signed by a parent or guardian.

Pier 94, San Francisco’s South Eastern Waterfront

Volunteer at Pier 94

Join us at a restored wetland in San Francisco Bay.    Activities at Pier 94 include invasive plant removal, trash pickup and planting.  See native plants, and a variety of shorebirds and waterbirds.    Next events:

  • Sat, Nov 3, 2018 from 9am-noon
  • Sat, Dec 1,2018 from 9am-noon

Directions:   Take Third Street to Cargo Way first left onto Amador, this street makes a sharp right in an industrial area, the address is 480 Amador St. (an office for a neighbor). Turn into the gravel parking lot before the chain link fence on the left.  Just ahead you will see a small sign next to white barriers. This is the entrance to Pier 94.  Park in front of the barriers. Use this Pier 94 map.

Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline Park, Oakland

Arrowhead Marsh

Arrowhead Marsh

Golden Gate Audubon hosts events at the MLK Jr. Shoreline Park in Oakland on the 3rd Saturday of each month. Participate in planting and shoreline cleanup events at a park which GGAS helped preserve. Next events:

  • Sat Nov 17 from 9:30am-12:30pm
  • Sat Dec 15 from 9:30am-12:30pm

Directions: From I-880 in Oakland, exit at Hegenberger Road and head west. Turn right onto Doolittle Drive (Hwy. 61) and right again onto Swan Way. You will then turn left into the park and drive to the last parking lot near the observation tower. See attached map 


Golden Gate Park, Buffalo Paddock, San Francisco

White-crowned Sparrow

Restore white-crowned sparrow and other bird habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon.  Next events:

        • Sat, Nov 17 from 9am-noon
        • Sat, Dec 15 from 9am-noon

Directions: In Golden Gate Park at Chain of Lakes and JFK Drive.   Meet at the east end of the Bison Paddock. Please rsvp



Golden Gate Park, North Lake, San Francisco

In partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, volunteers support habitat for local and migrating birds at North Lake in Golden Gate Park. Remove weeds and plant plants that provide food and cover for the many birds at this site.  Ages 10 and over with guardian.

Chestnut-backed Chickadee by Bob Lewis

These events are held on the fourth Saturday of each month from 9:00 am until noon.

  • Sat Nov 24 from 9am-noon
  • Sat Dec 22 from 9am-noon

Groups are welcome but RSVP in advance is required.  Please email to sign up to participate. Directions:  Meet on JFK Drive at the picnic table near the water fountain and restrooms.



Ocean Beach – Beach Cleanup, San Francisco

In partnership with the National Park Service, monthly beach cleanups for shorebirds at Ocean Beach in San Francisco.  Second Fridays of each month from 9am-noon.  Equipment is provided. Meet at Stairwell 17 on the Great Highway across from the Beach Chalet.  Next event:

  • Fri, Nov 9, 2018 from 9am-noon
  • Fri, Dec 14,2018 from 9am-noon


Crissy Field – Beach Cleanup, San Francisco

Snowy Plover

In partnership with the National Park Service, monthly beach cleanups for the Snowy Plover and other shorebirds are held at Crissy Field in San Francisco.   All equipment (gloves, pickers and buckets) are provided by the NPS.  A commitment to learn more about the Snowy Plovers and their environment and assistance at six or more beach cleanups per year is requested. Limited to 8 volunteers. Next events:

  • Mon Nov 12 from 10am-noon
  • Mon Dec 10 from 10am-noon

Directions: Volunteers meet at the Warming Hut, 983 Marine Dr, San Francisco CA 94129.

Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco

In partnership with the Treasure Island Development Corporation and SF Environment.  Habitat restoration for birds and other wildlife on Yerba Buena Island in the midst of San Francisco Bay.  Instruction, gloves and water are provided.   Events are on the third Wednesday of each month from 1-3pm.  Meet at Quarters 10 Park and Clipper Cove.

Proposed Alameda Wildlife Reserve, Alameda

Volunteers at the proposed Alameda Wildlife Reserve

Home to the endangered California Least Terns. Work with the Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve to prepare habitat by removing invasive shrubs and ground covers. Adults must be present to work with anyone under the age of 15, unless given special permission. Next volunteer events: 

  • Sun,Nov 11 from 9am-noon
  • Sun Dec 9 from 9am-noon

Directions: Meet at the main refuge gate at the northwest corner of the former Naval Air Station in Alameda. Address is 2501 Monarch St. in Alameda, then drive toward the gates to the left of the Creative Technologies building.  The far gate will be open, where a volunteer will have you sign-in.


Candlestick Park Eco Stewards – Golden Gate Audubon Society Volunteer Opportunity Candlestick Park Eco Stewards.  Volunteers plant native plants and work on other activities at Candlestick Point State Park in San Francisco.

  • 1st Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Second Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Fourth Friday 9:00 am-1:00 pm. 

Wear appropriate clothing, sturdy shoes and hat; gloves and tools provided. All ages welcome. Directions: Meet at the State Park Nursery at 1150 Carroll Ave. (Ranger Station); take 29 Muni bus to the Gilman Playground stop.  Follow Gilman toward the stadium and make a left on Aurelious Walker, which loops around and becomes Carroll Ave. Click for Map.


Conservation Opportunities

Conservation Committee – Get together with other birders and wildlife enthusiasts to find out about projects in your community.

  • The East Bay Conservation Committee meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the GGAS office in Berkeley. Contact the East Bay Conservation Committee chairperson Pam Young at pamyoung2 at for more information.
  • The Friends of the Alameda Wildlife Reserve committee meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Alameda Point Building 1, Room 140. For more information, contact FAWR Committee chairperson Leora Feeney leoraalameda at
  • The San Francisco Conservation Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:15pm.  Contact Sharon sbeals at


Education Opportunities

If you are interested in leading occasional field trips to places of your choosing, or teaching adults about natural history please consider becoming a field trip leader or teacher.  We are always seeking field trip leaders and  instructors in bird-related subjects, including beginning birding, bird migration, bird physiology; butterflies; wildflowers; habitats and associated wildlife; insects; etc. Please contact us at .

Eco Education Volunteers 2018 – training – contact canderson@goldengateaudubon to RSVP

Golden Gate Audubon, one of California’s oldest conservation groups, needs WEEKDAY volunteers this school year to work in our award-winning Eco- Education Programs based in East Oakland, North Richmond and Southeast San Francisco No prior experience necessary! Come work with 3rd, 4th and 5th graders during their wetland ecology field trip!


Train to Become a Docent

Help passersby spot and appreciate the birds at spots at Lake Merritt, or along the Bay Trail in Richmond and Cesar Chavez Park in Berkeley and in downtown Oakland. We provide training for docents in the spring for the Lake Merritt nesting birds and downtown Oakland Heron programs and in the fall for Birding the Bay Trail and the Burrowing Owl Docent programs.

  • Next training is for the Birding the Bay Trail program Docents contact

RSVP required in advance for training. Email for details


Other Ways to Help

Your skills, knowledge, and expertise can help us in dozens of ways. Lead a field trip, teach children about birds and wetlands, provide office support, write letters to elected officials, join a habitat restoration work party or photograph our events. Whether you have a lot of time or a little, we welcome your participation. Contact for more information.

Photographers – Volunteers are needed to help by photographing at our events.

Event Volunteers:  Volunteers are needed at a variety of events to engage the public by talking about Golden Gate Audubon’s programs and the advantages of membership.  Event entry fees are paid for these volunteers.   To find out more, click here.

Existing Volunteers  – Volunteer Hours