San Francisco Department of the Environment

Find the Wild


From the Green Hairstreak Butterfly in Golden Gate Heights to the Pacific Chorus Frog in Potrero Hill, San Francisco is home to diverse species. Visit natural areas in the city to discover birds, butterflies, and beautiful wildflowers!


Crissy Field
Birds (Herons, Geese, Belted Kingfisher)

Green Hairstreak Corridor
Golden Gate Heights
Butterflies, hawks, songbirds

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

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

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Golden Gate Park
Birds, native plants

Strawberry Hill
Golden Gate Park
Birds, butterflies, turtles, native plants
Picnic information - Restoration information

View map
View printable list

Additional Resources

Connecting to Nature on World Environment Day, 2017.

Find Your Park / Encuentra tu parque - Find a national park near you (National Park Service)

Stories of San Francisco Species (PDF) - Learn about city’s indigenous critters, including birds, butterflies, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Find the Wild in Downtown San Francisco

Animals and Plants in Neighborhoods - Learn about long-term plans to restore local habitat and improve 115 miles of San Francisco streets.

Public Native Plant Gardens - map and photographs of native plant gardens in San Francisco
California Native Plant Garden at Berkeley - Botanical Garden at University of California Berkeley

Find the Wild • Tend the Wild • Grow the Wild

San Francisco is located in a global biodiversity hotspot.