San Francisco Department of the Environment

Tend the Wild



Habitat Restoration & Cultivating Community Stewardship

Every week in San Francisco, local citizens, schools, businesses, and other volunteer groups help steward the City's natural lands by getting involved in habitat restoration and stewardship.

Habitat restoration gives us the opportunity to connect with nature "in our own backyard." Get involved in a habitat stewardship program to preserve and grow our native flora, fauna, and fungi. From the Presidio to McLaren Park, habitat restoration takes place every week in wildlands all over the city.

San Francisco harbors a rich cultural ecology of people and organizations working to heal local nature through habitat restoration, sharing information about the city’s natural history, and educating students and adults about our local nature and biodiversity and stewardship opportunities.

Land Management Agencies

Community Partners and Non-profits

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Get Involved, Get Dirty! Volunteer work spans the full seasonal cycle of restoration: seed collecting, propagating seedlings in the nursery, planting indigenous species in restoration sites, weeding invasive plants, or monitoring the results of restoration efforts. Stewards help with rare plant and wildlife monitoring, preventing soil erosion, trail construction and maintenance, and engaging the public.

Successful protection and conservation of our natural ecosystem depends upon management and community stewardship of nearby nature. Locally-based community ecological stewardship is the only way we can sustain biodiversity for the long-term; connecting people and nature where we live is inseparable from restoring our natural environment and creating an ecologically sustainable and equitable society.


Our aquatic natural resources are championed by a number of organizations, including Save the Bay, the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association, San Francisco Baykeeper, the Marine Mammal Center and Aquarium of the Bay.

Find the Wild • Tend the Wild • Grow the Wild

San Francisco is located in a global biodiversity hotspot.