Habitat Restoration Opportunities
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) impact, many of our volunteer opportunities have been cancelled. As of March 31, 2020, the current Bay Area shelter in place order extends until June 30, 2020. Please check back with us after June 30th for any updates.
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 a water bottle if you have these items. We’ll provide instruction, gloves, tools, snacks and water. Heavy rain cancels 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.
While volunteering with us, please do not forget to follow our Birding Code of Ethics. If you’d like to learn more about our Birding Code of Ethics, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.
Below are our upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Heron’s Head Park, San Francisco
Pier 94, San Francisco’s South Eastern Waterfront
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:
- Please stay tuned for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
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
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 cleanups. GGAS helped create this park which is home to the endangered Ridgway’s Rail. Next events:
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 here for map.
Golden Gate Park, Buffalo Paddock, San Francisco
Restore white-crowned sparrow habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon. Next events:
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.
Groups are welcome but RSVP in advance is required. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 9 am-noon. Equipment is provided. Meet at Stairwell 17 on the Great Highway across from the Beach Chalet. Minors are welcome but must have a waiver signed by an adult parent or guardian in order to participate. Next event:
Crissy Field – Beach Maintenance, San Francisco
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. NPS provides all equipment (gloves, tools and buckets). Drop in volunteers interested in attending 6 or more events and learning about the Snowy Plovers and their environment are encouraged. Minors are welcome but must have a waiver signed by an adult parent or guardian on site in order to participate. Groups are limited to 8 volunteers; reservations for groups can be made by contacting email@example.com. Next events:
Directions: Volunteers meet at the Warming Hut, 983 Marine Dr, San Francisco CA 94129. Heavy rain or smoke cancels.
Yerba Buena Island, San Francisco
In partnership with the Treasure Island Development Authority 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 1pm at the Treasure Island Admin. Bldg. 1 Ave of the Palms.
Alameda Wildlife Reserve, Alameda
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.
- Please stay tuned for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
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.
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 every other month (Feb., Apr., June, Aug., Oct., Dec.) at 7 p.m. at the GGAS office in Berkeley. Contact the East Bay Conservation Committee co-chair Michael Strom at masam321 (at) yahoo.com for more information. Please contact Michael to see if meetings are still happening during Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders.
- 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 at leoraalameda (at) att.net. Please contact Leora to see if meetings are still happening during Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders.
- The San Francisco Conservation Committee meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30pm. Contact Mary Betlach via mcbetlach (at) gmail.com. Please contact Mary to see if meetings are still happening during Covid-19 shelter-in-place orders.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 and 4th 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 Spring, 2020
RSVP required in advance for training. Email email@example.com for details
Are you bilingual? We would love to have you take our docent training. Seeking volunteers who speak Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Vietnamese.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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