San Francisco Department of the Environment

Find the Wild

Find the Wild • Tend the Wild • Grow the Wild


Experience and enjoy nature in your neighborhood!


Join the 2021 City Nature Challenge, on April 30th!


San Francisco is located in a global biodiversity hotspot. Our city harbors beautiful parks, natural areas, and an astounding diversity of birds, rare and endangered species, and over 500 native plants. Connecting to nature is important for social, emotional and physical health. Equitable access to green space is critical so that everyone can enjoy the benefits of local nature.


Check out these pollinator habitat gardens in your neighborhood!


Get information and tips regarding staying safe and healthy while enjoying the outdoors in your community. 

During the global health emergency, when you do venture outside, please remember to follow the public health orders and guidelines issued by state and local officials. 


Selected Places Where You Can Connect to Nature in the City

Crissy Field
Presidio
Birds (Herons, Geese, Belted Kingfisher)

Glen Canyon
Glen Park, Diamond Heights
Trails, hawks, wildflowers, creek

Green Hairstreak Corridor
Golden Gate Heights
Butterflies, hawks, songbirds

McLaren Park
Excelsior, Portola
Trails, wildflowers, views

Heron’s Head Park
Bayview
Birds (California Clapper Rail, Black Oystercatcher)

Land's End
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Birds (Townsend's Warbler, Red-Shouldered Hawk, Bewick's Wren)

Strawberry Hill
Golden Gate Park
Birds, butterflies, turtles, native plants

*Find more natural places in San Francisco with the Nature in the City MAP!

 

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View printable list


City Nature Challenge 2021

City Nature Challenge (Homepage)
City Nature Challenge (California Academy of Sciences)
City Nature Challenge - iNaturalist Project
CIty Nature Challenge - California iNaturalist Project
City Nature Challege - SF Bay Area iNaturalist Project
Events for the SF Bay Area City Nature Challenge
Exploring Nature at Home for the City Nature Challenge
City Nature Challenge - Press Release
City Nature Challenge FAQs
Getting Started with iNaturalist


Local Resources for Safe Nature Exploration

National Resources

Resources for Finding Nature in the City


San Francisco is located in a global biodiversity hotspot.   

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Find the Wild • Tend the Wild • Grow the Wild

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