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.
National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Hayward/Union City)
As human populations become more interconnected and globalized, they spread non-native species to new locations where they may thrive and take over, threatening the native flora and fauna that supports a healthy ecosystem. Invasive species often have severe ecological impacts and are a major threat in the San Francisco Bay. According the Nature Conservancy, San Francisco Bay is the most invaded aquatic region in the world! Counteract this staggering fact by helping us to restore native wetland habitat as we remove invasive species at Eden Landing.
So Long Spring at the Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery (Palo Alto)
The rains have gone and the sun has blessed us with its gentle rays. Summer is on its way so don’t forget to bring the sunscreen when you volunteer with Save The Bay. Volunteers will enjoy an afternoon by the Bay while sowing the seeds for the next generation of native plants, as well as cultivating and transplanting seedlings already established within the nursery.
Wetland Restoration In Honor of Ralph Nobles at Bair Island (Redwood City)
Join us for a special restoration event honoring the life of Ralph Nobles, a Founding Member of Save The Bay and nuclear physicist of the Manhattan project who passed away in February 2015. As a resident of Redwood City for nearly half a century, Mr. Nobles led efforts to save the wetlands of San Francisco Bay from development. In 1981, he successfully led the fight to prevent Mobil Oil’s proposed development of Bair Island.
Get Outside for Sunglasses Day at Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
Help us celebrate Sunglasses Day this Saturday at the Palo Alto Baylands. With summer in full swing it’s time to show off your favorite pair of shades at this reclaimed salt pond. Complete your summer look with a trowel and a watering cup and help us sow native seed. Whether you end up getting your hands dirty by pulling invasive weeds or watering, you will look fabulous as you do your part to help the Bay stay healthy and beautiful. We hope to celebrate this day with you as it’s sure to be a great opportunity to do something good and look good doing it.
Give a Mouse a House at Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery (Palo Alto)
Many uniquely adapted animals rely on the tidal marshes that surround the Bay. One of these animals is the endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, a tiny mouse that can swim short distances and even ingest salt water. Join us at the Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery and help foster some of the mice’s favorite native plants. These plants will provide protection and food for this small Bay native. Instead of giving a mouse a cookie, you can give a mouse a house!
Embrace Your Geekness Day at Ravenswood Pond (Menlo Park)
Celebrate your love of learning and enjoy Embrace your Geekness Day with Save The Bay! Learn about native and non-native plant species as you get some fresh air and help pull invasive weeds to restore the wetlands at Ravenswood Pond. If habitat restoration alone isn’t enough to entice you to join, you can also exercise your inner bird nerd as this is a perfect birding spot. See you there!
Celebrate Shark Awareness Day at the Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
Sharks are feared because they are top predators, but they are at risk everyday due to human activities such as fishing and pollution. Some 20-100 million sharks die each year due to fishing activity alone. Come on out to the Bay’s edge to celebrate Shark Awareness Day by volunteering to restore native wetland habitat that will keep the Bay healthy for leopard sharks, spiny dogfishes, thresher sharks, and many more!
Celebrate Water Quality Month at Bair Island (Redwood City)
Come join us at Inner Bair Island to celebrate Water Quality Month! Wetlands surrounding the Bay provide many important functions for the ocean and wildlife, such as filtering run off to improve water quality and providing nursery habitat for small fry and shorebirds. Get your hands dirty and help our wetland flourish by removing non-native species like invasive mustard and radish!
Beat the Heat at Palo Alto Baylands Native Plant Nursery (Palo Alto)
During the hot, long days of summer, plants relish in the sunshine and grow more quickly. Unfortunately, invasive weedy species love the summer, too! Removing invasive plants frees up space and nutrients for natives like gumplant and sticky monkey flower, and we need your help to clear them out of our nursery. Additionally, we will care for our native seedlings so they can grow strong until the winter planting season. Beat the heat in our native plant nursery and help propagate next year’s crop of 45,000 native seedlings!
Celebrate Honeybee Day at Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
This one is for you, beekeepers and bug-lovers. Urban honeybees rely on open, pesticide-free areas where they can pollinate native flowers and collect pollen to bring back to the hive. California Bee Plant, a native species that we plant, is one of their favorites! Saturday is National Honeybee Day, so join us at this 1,940 acre marshland to help support honeybees and the native marsh flowers they help to pollinate.