What we're about

Nature in the City is a diverse community of enthusiasts and naturalists of all backgrounds. We gather to connect to nature in the neighborhoods and urban areas of San Francisco through organized habitat restoration projects, hands-on workshops, community and educational events, and field trips. Our passionate volunteers and members are welcome to attend any and all of our events! We welcome all ages and backgrounds to our programs, and are family friendly. We are a not-for-profit organization, and are a project of the Earth Island Institute.

Upcoming events (4+)

Green Hairstreak Corridor Volunteer Workday

16th Avenue Tiled Steps

Come out and help restore one of SF's last known habitats for the Coastal Green Hairstreak butterfly, which lies in the Inner Sunset district. Folks who join these workdays help to support the local habitat of this little green gem of a pollinator, which was once believed to be locally extinct in the city until rediscovered on the hill of Grandview Park. We emphasize biodiverse and ecologically relevant plants, and you will get to learn about many of our important native plant species. Be ready for activities like weeding, planting, seed collecting, pruning, and other land maintenance tasks.

Visit the Corridor on iNaturalist to see what's living there, and our website to view a map of the sites:
iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/places/green-hairstreak-corridor
website: http://natureinthecity.org/green-hairstreak

Covid update: Please bring a mask just in case we are working closely, and bring your own gloves if you can!

Alemany Farm Volunteer Work Day

Alemany Farm

Help create native plant habitats at Alemany Farm! Please contact event organizer Craig Heckman by email at [masked] or by phone at (415)[masked]

Adah's Stairway Community Volunteer Workday

Adah's Stairway

Join our monthly 4th-Saturday workday to take care of the garden at Adah's Stairway in the Haight.

Adah's Stairway is a community partnership: a public stairway, garden, and bird/wildlife habitat located in the Buena Vista Park and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods.

Nature in the City is working with local residents to enhance the wildlife potential for this park-– once a forgotten place, which had become blighted by illegal dumping and graffiti, is now a tribute to local walking guru Adah Bakalinsky, author of the Stairway Walks in San Francisco.

What's more, our work here will create a bird sanctuary for resident and migrating birds designed with the Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) in mind. Cedar Waxwings are gorgeous birds that pass through San Francisco during spring and fall feeding on berries and fruits along the Pacific Flyway migration route.

If you'd like to learn more, please check out our website: https://natureinthecity.org/

Covid update: We are starting our programs back up again, but keeping them at a limited capacity for safe distancing. Please bring a mask and bring your own gloves if you can!

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Palou Phelps Park Volunteer Workday

Palou Phelps Mini Park

On the first Saturday of every month, we meet at the base of the Palou & Phelps hill and join the Friends of Palou Phelps community group and SF Rec & Park on their volunteer workday.

Our workdays will vary every Saturday, but both the hill and the garden will be the focus on these days. So come ready to get your hands dirty!

****Please sign up through the official SFRPD portal here; THANK YOU: https://sfrpd.secure.force.com/SFRPDCalendar


Nature in the City started the Palou Phelps project as a means to preserve a native grassland habitat from the threat of development. The habitat is one of the few native grasslands remaining in San Francisco and is vital to local pollinators.
website: https://natureinthecity.org/palou-phelps/

Past events (586)

Alemany Farm Volunteer Work Day

Alemany Farm