You can have fun outdoors, learn about the Bay and help us protect it by joining one of our on-the-Bay programs. Sign up below to volunteer to restore natural wetland habitats by hand at several sites around San Francisco Bay.
Please let us know if you are interested in scheduling a special volunteer program for your corporate or community group.
Hug a Native Plant at MLK Jr. Native Plant Nursery (Oakland)
The Bay Area is home to 400 native plant species and over 70 non-native, invasive species. Invasive plants can take over an entire habitat, and often threaten the natural ecosystem functions. Come out to the MLK Jr. Native Plant Nursery to help our native seedlings grow strong and healthy so that they can better compete with invasive, weedy species. By helping us in the nursery, you will be part of the fight against these non-native plants, learn more about our incredible estuary, and play an important role in restoring these vital wetland habitats.
Celebrate Smokey’s birthday at Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)
Smokey the Bear always says “only YOU can prevent forest fires”. Here at Save The Bay, only volunteers like YOU can help restore our native marsh habitats! Come to Eden Landing to celebrate Smokey the Bear’s birthday and show your community support by getting your hands dirty pulling weeds and watering recently planted native seedlings. In participating, you will be part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, the second largest wetland restoration effort in the nation!
Rail Breeding Season at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline (Oakland)
Have you heard of the Ridgway’s Rail (previously known as the Clapper Rail)? This endangered species of semi-flightless bird is endemic to the San Francisco Bay Area. While it once was numerous, its numbers have dwindled primarily because of the shrinking marshland habitat in our area. Now numbering only about 1100 individuals locally, the largest population is in Arrowhead Marsh, directly across from our site at the MLK Jr.
Explore our Native Plant Collection at Martin Luther King Jr. Nursery (Oakland)
Save The Bay’s nurseries support our mission of restoring San Francisco Bay by providing us with resources to grow 45,000 native marsh plants each year. At the nursery, the plants progress from tiny seedlings to strong, mature plants by the time they are ready to be out planted at one of our 6 restoration sites. Come get to know these plants and learn what it takes to go from seed to site at our MLK Jr. Nursery in Oakland. Late summer work can include transplanting, weeding, culling, cleaning and general care.
See Change at Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)
At Eden Ecological Reserve, Save the Bay is working as a part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project to turn salt ponds back into the natural marshland they once were. From 1868-1982, the Oliver Salt Company operated on this site and drastically changed the tidal marsh in order to produce commercial salt. These ponds were recently reconnected to the Bay and are in desperate need of your help to restore the native plant community.