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+)See all
- Palou Phelps Park Volunteer WorkdayPalou Phelps Mini Park, San Francisco, CA
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!
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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.
- Native Plant Nursery Network Workday at White Crane Springs Community GardenWhite Crane Springs, San Francisco, CA
Join the Backyard Nursery Network on the first Sunday of every month and assist us in transplanting, pruning, weeding, seed sowing, 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.
Most of these plants are going to the Green Hairstreak Corridor planting projects in the Inner Sunset.
The workday tasks vary from month to month, but be ready to get your hands dirty!
Parking is available on Locksley Ave. *NOTE* there is no public restroom in the community garden.
You can find out more about our organization, and the Green Hairstreak project here: https://natureinthecity.org/
- Alemany Farm Native Plant Volunteer DayAlemany Farm, San Francisco, CA
Help create native plant areas in the upper Alemany hillside!
More information on Alemany Farm's Eventbrite:
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- Green Hairstreak Corridor Volunteer Workday15th Avenue & Noriega Street, San Francisco, CA
Help restore habitat in the Inner Sunset district for the rare Coastal Green Hairstreak butterfly. Folks who join these workdays help create and expand the ecosystem for this little green gem of a pollinator.
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.
We often work in light rain, but heavy rain cancels. Please dress in long pants, closed-toe shoes, and layers - clothes that might get a little dirty! Bring your own water bottle and sun protection.
We encourage you to sign our volunteer waiver ahead of time by visiting the following link: Volunteer Waiver
***Note*** There is no public restroom available in the Green Hairstreak Corridor, please plan accordingly.