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.
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!
Bay-A-Thon at the Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
Celebrate the 2015 Bay-A-Thon with us this Saturday at Palo Alto Baylands. Volunteers will receive a special Save The Bay reusable tote bag! Come out and enjoy the warm weather and gorgeous Bay views while working with our restoration team to remove invasive weeds that threaten our shoreline, wetlands, and wildlife. Secure your volunteer spot right now and ensure you’ll be sporting your Save The Bay tote bag with Bay-A-Thon pride.
Parents’ Day to Creekside Park (Larkspur)
This Sunday is Parents’ Day, and you can celebrate by giving back to your community through wetland restoration. Bring your parents to Creekside Park to celebrate Parents’ Day and work together to remove non-native plants, water seedlings, and provide a healthy wetland ecosystem for native plants and animals and their generations to come.
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!
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!
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.
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.