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									                                                                                Haight St.
Volunteer Gardening

                                                                                                                                                  Bison Paddock
                                                                                                                                                  Senior Center

                                                                                                                                                  Beach Chalet
Work Party Schedule

                                                                                                                                                  North Lake

Individuals are welcome to join any of these ongoing
park gardening projects. Contact the person listed

on the previous page. If you would like to sign-up

as a group, please contact the Volunteer Office at
831-6325. Events occur rain or shine, barring high


                                                                                                                                                  San Francisco Botanical Garden
winds. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and

                                                                                                                                                  California Academy of Sciences

layers. Tools and refreshments provided.               7th

1st Monday

10am-12pm         de Young Museum

1st Saturday

                                                                                                 Botanical Garden

                                                                                                                    Golden Gate Park Map Legend

                                                                                                                                                  de Young Museum
                                                                                                  San Francisco
9am-12pm          7th Ave and JFK

                                                                                                                                                  7th Ave and JFK
9am-12pm          North Lake
2nd Saturday
10am-12:30pm      Oak Woodlands Restoration
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       in Golden Gate Park

                                                                                                                                                                                                             Printed on 50% recycled, 30% post consumer waste paper.
9am-12pm          North of Panhandle
                  Neighborhood Assoc.

                                                                                                                                                                                   Conservatory of Flowers
3rd Saturday
9am-12pm          Bison Paddock

                                                                                                                                                  National AIDS Memorial Grove
9am-12pm          National AIDS Memorial Grove

                                                                                                                                                  Conservatory of Flowers
4th Saturday
9am-12pm          Alvord Lake

                                                                                                                                                  Rhododendron Dell
                                                                                                                                                  Sharon Arts Studio
9am-12pm          Beach Chalet

                                                                                                                                                  North of the Panhandle

                                                                                                                                                  Oak Woodlands
                                                                                                                                                  Dahlia Garden

                                                                                                                                                  Alvord Lake

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
works with individuals, school, community and
business groups during the week and weekend,
year round. For more information about our
Volunteer Opportunities go to:


Click on the Volunteer Program link or call
415.831.6330 ext 4
                                                                                                    Volunteer Opportunities
                                                                  7th Ave and JFK                                                  National AIDS Memorial Grove                                  lead walks for children and separate classes to lead
                                                                  Second Saturday, 9am-12pm                                        Third Saturday, 9am-12pm March-October                        walks for adults are held twice a year in February and
                                                                  The Humanitarian Mission group helps maintain this               This popular volunteer destination is beautiful and           September.
                                                                  picnic area across the street from the Rhododendron              spiritual. Volunteers enjoy a wide variety of gardening       Contact: Tom Laursen 415.661.1316 ext. 412
                                                                  Dell. After the garden workday, the group enjoys a               activities.                                         
                                                                  bountiful potluck.                                               Contact: Steven Sagaser 415. 765.0497
                                                                  Contact: Leonid at                    or check out the website            Conservatory of Flowers
                                                                                                                                   at                             Our volunteers play an integral role in helping maintain
                                                                  Alvord Lake                                                                                                                    this beautiful array of plants housed in the Conservatory
                                                                  Fourth Saturday, 9am-12pm                                        North Lake                                                    along JFK Dr. Volunteer opportunities include greeting
Why volunteer?                                                    Help the Alvord Lake Task Force near Haight Street and
                                                                  Stanyan Street keep the polish on this jewel.
                                                                                                                                   First Saturday, 9am-12pm
                                                                                                                                   Far from the crowds and close to nature, deep in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                 the public, giving tours, assisting the gardening staff,
                                                                                                                                                                                                 supporting the gift shop, providing information on the
                 Volunteering Feels Good.                         Contact: Karen Crommie 415.431.1414                              park near 43rd Ave. lies a naturalized lake that needs        special exhibits and many more!
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Contact: Erika Frank 415.637.4326
                                                                                                         your love and care!
                                                                                                                                   Contact: Kristen Bowman 415.831.6325                
Each year more and more people volunteer in Golden Gate                                                                  
Park. What draws people to volunteer? It’s the learning, the      Beach Chalet
                                                                  Fourth Saturday, 9am-12pm                                                                                                      de Young Museum
community, the outdoors, the sense of accomplishment,             Come to where Golden Gate Park meets the Pacific!                North of Panhandle Neighborhood                               The de Young Museum showcases American art from
the commitment, the laughs, the staff, the challenge, the         Help us preserve this the western entrance to GGP,                                                                             the 17th through the 21st centuries, international
food, the release, the escape, the beauty, the camaraderie, the   located just a step away from Queen Wilhelmina’s                 Second Saturday, 9am-12pm                                     contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from
recreation, the focus–the list goes on. In the words of the       Windmill and the fabulous Dutch Tulip Garden!                    North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association               the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. With numerous
volunteers:                                                       Contact: Kristin Bowman 415.831.6325                             invites everyone to enjoy this area, boasting the oldest      exhibitions and community programs, the de Young
                                                                                                 planted trees in the city! Come to the Panhandle to help      greatly relies on the efforts of over 500 volunteers who
                                                                                                                                                                                                 provide visitor services and staff support seven days a
Community                                                                                                                          beautify this neighborhood greenway.
                                                                  Bison Paddock                                                    Contact                      week. No art degree needed, just a passion for helping
“Volunteering grounds me in what community is.”                   Third Saturday, 9am-12pm                                                                                                       and an interest in learning! Gardening work parties
                                                                  Volunteer to create and maintain a lush corridor of                                                                            also hosted by the de Young to help take care of the
“I’ve met amazing people.”                                                                                                         Oak Woodlands Restoration Project                             museum grounds.
                                                                  White Crowned Sparrow habitat alongside the Bison                Second Saturday, 10am-12pm
“I like getting out and helping rather than sitting around at     Paddock. This corridor will help to provide a breeding                                                                         Contact:
                                                                                                                                   Behind the Conservatory of Flowers lies a native
home. It makes you feel better—I am really glad I came out        area for the White Crowned Sparrow and other birds for           Oak Woodlands, home to a wide variety of wildlife.
today, it is aweome!”                                             years to come.                                                   Participate in a habitat restoration with the Natural         California Academy of Sciences
                                                                  Contact: Kimberly Kiefer 415.831.6329                            Areas Program to enhance the wildlife value of this area.     Docents choose from a selection of trainings and
                                                                                                Contact: Robert Bakewell 415.221.1137                         workshops including staffing the tide pool and specimen
Impact                                                                                                                                                             carts, demonstrating some of nature’s most surprising
                                                                  Dahlia Garden                                                                                                                  secrets, and conducting talks about various topics
“It is very pleasurable to do something you know has impact.”     The splendid Dahlia Garden next to the Conservatory of                                                                         including an opportunity to work with live animals! The
                                                                                                                                   Golden Gate Park Senior Center                                Academy also offers an assortment of other volunteer
“I feel like I have learned so much!”                             Flowers in Golden Gate Park is maintained by the Dahlia          Volunteer where there is an abundance of fun and
                                                                  Society. Volunteer with the Dahlia Society to learn about                                                                      opportunities in research, exhibit maintenance, and
                                                                                                                                   exciting activities that includes dance, bingo, exercise      visitor services!
“It’s a real good use of time”                                    these fascinating flowers and create a sea of color!             classes, arts and crafts, singing, Tai Chi, and more! All
                                                                  Contact:                                                                                                      Contact: Volunteer Services Department at
“It makes me feel good that I am doing my part to be green,                                                                        dedicated entirely to our beloved senior adults!              (415) 379-5111
c’mon we only have one planet!                                                                                                     Contact: Victor Lee or Joan Pierson at 415.666.7015
                                                                  John McLaren Memorial Rhododendron
                                                                                                                                                                                                 SF Parks Trust
                                                                  Dell                                                             San Francisco Botanical Garden                                Golden Gate Park’s history has created some amazing
Health                                                            Come help us restore the beauty of this dell that was            Volunteers at the San Francisco Botanical Garden have         stories, and we need your help to tell them! SFPT
                                                                  once considered among the worlds great botanical                 a wide range of volunteer opportunities available to          Golden Gate Park Guides is a volunteer program that
“It is a way of getting some exercise and getting something       treasures.                                                       them. Volunteer in the nursery; assist in maintaining         develops and leads free walking tours of Golden Gate
done.”                                                            Contact: Kristin Bowman 415.831.6325                             a portion of the Botanical Garden; come work in the           Park. Join SFPT to share how you love your park!
                                                                                                 22,000 volume horticultural library; or in the Bookstore/     Contact: Julia Brashares 415.750.5110
“You get close to nature and I think everyone needs more of                                                                        Visitors Center. Additionally, docent training classes to
that”                                                                                                                                                                                            or

“ It’s good for the soul.”
                                                                                                                                                   How to Volunteer...
“You sweat a little, you work a little and it has a deeper
                                                                                                           Choose a volunteer opportunity listed above. Call or email the contact person listed to sign-up.
cause—it’s a good feeling.
                                                                                            We appreciate the time and effort of all volunteers, whether it may be a couple of hours per month or a couple of days per week!

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