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.
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 on their volunteer work day.
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. This project has since expanded to include the revitalization of a community garden across the street!
Our work days 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!
Join the Backyard Nursery Network on the first Sunday of every month and assist us in transplanting, pruning, weeding, and general upkeep of our nursery at White Crane Springs Community Garden.
Nature in the City started the Backyard Nursery Network in order to preserve native plants like coast buckwheat, seaside daisy and deer weed as they provide habitat for local species. Growing these plants from resilient native seed genetics ensures the survival of both the endangered plants and our local butterflies, bees, birds, and other wildlife.
The workdays vary from month to month, but be ready to get your hands dirty!
Join us to restore habitat for the Coastal Green Hairstreak butterfly, and learn about the plants and animals that are also thriving in this true urban wildlife corridor. Visit the Corridor on iNaturalist to see what's living there: https://www.inaturalist.org/places/green-hairstreak-corridor
The work day will consist of weeding, planting, and mulching in the various ecotones displayed in the Alemany Natives space at the heart of Alemany Farm. Volunteers are welcome to stay after 4:00pm to join in on the farm harvest where seasonal goodies will be shared by all, bring a tote or grocery bag.
Directions and more info can be found at http://www.alemanyfarm.org/get-involved/
Remember that there is no restroom on site, to wear layers, and bring sunscreen, water & snacks. Water proof shoes would be preferable for those who would like to work in the stream.