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
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!
Beat the Heat at Palo Alto Baylands Native Plant Nursery
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
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.
Rail Breeding Season at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline
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.
Get Outside at Ravenswood Pond
August is National Picnic Month, so pack up your lunch and bring it to Ravenswood Pond! We’ll fight off invasive plants and provide general site maintenance to help the installed native plants thrive. This restoration site is also a public open space preserve and great for birding, so stick around when the work is done and get your picnic on. We hope to see you there!
Explore our Native Plant Collection at Martin Luther King Jr. Nursery
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.
Welcome Birds at MLK Jr. Native Plant Nursery (Oakland)
The San Francisco Bay is an important stop along the Pacific Flyway, a major bird migration route, as it is a great place for birds to rest and refuel. Come out to the MLK Jr. Native Plant Nursery and see some of these majestic birds on their journey. By helping Save the Bay raise native plants, you will contribute to restoring habitat for these birds as well as many other species that call the Bay home.
Labor Day Weekend at Palo Alto Baylands
Take advantage of the hot weather and the long weekend in order to spend some time outdoors! The Baylands Nature Preserve is the largest undisturbed marshland in the Bay, and it takes a lot of help to keep it in a healthy, natural, native state. Get one last dose of sunshine before Fall begins and enjoy the views of the Bay while you lend a hand in restoring this important tidal marsh ecosystem.
Celebrate Labor Day Outside at the Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
Unlike us, animals and plants don’t get any days off. To celebrate all of the work they do for us, come on out to the Palo Alto Baylands and spend your day laboring to help the native species of the Bay Area. Weeding invasive plants and watering native seedlings are two things that you can do with Save the Bay this weekend to lend a helping hand to these hard working plants and animals.