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Pollinator Week Events in San Francisco

Did you know that in the U.S. pollinators provide a service worth 20 billion dollars annually? Pollinators provide a lot more to our society than we realize. With increases in habitat destruction and climate change, pollinators are being put under immense stress. In honor of Pollinator Week, SF Environment has promoted a variety of events that educate residents on the importance of pollinators and the use of pollinator-friendly plants that are less toxic, use less water, and promote biodiversity.

Learn more about our Pollinator Program >


California Academy of Science: Nature Play
Daily, 2 PM | California Academy of Science East Garden
Exercise your imagination in the great outdoors! Academy staff facilitate nature-based activities for learners of all ages.

Alta Plaza Volunteer Workparty
Saturday, June 16th: 10 am-1pm | Alta Plaza Park (Jackson & Steiner)
Join the Friends of Alta Plaza Park for a “Cleaning and Greening” workday!  Help the SFRPD gardeners maintain the park, while meeting your neighbors.

Audubon Golden Gate Park Habitat Restoration
Saturday, June 16th: 9am-12pm | Meet at the east end of the Bison Paddock
Restore white-crowned sparrow and other bird habitat with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Golden Gate Audubon.

Bernal Hill Grassland Restoration Volunteer Project
Saturday, June 16th: 10am-12pm | Meet at the South gate on Bernal Heights Blvd past Anderson at the only water fountain in the park.
Help restore the grasslands of this unique natural area. Projects include pulling invasive weeds, planting native species, or maintaining trails. Come and experience the spectacular views of the city.

California Academy of Science: Pollinator Power
Saturday, June 16th: 1:30 PM | California Academy of Science Living Roof (note this is a recurring program on Saturday's)
Butterflies, bats, and bees—oh my! Join us atop the Academy’s Living Roof for a fascinating peek into the lives of local pollinators and discover how these creatures keep humans and habitats healthy. - For rainy weather, this program moves to Science Today Station. 

Garden for the Environment: Introduction to Sustainable Gardening Series
Saturday, June 16th, 23rd, 30th: 10am-12pm | Garden for the Environment (1590 7th Ave)
Transform your backyard into a sustainable and thriving haven for pollinators with Garden for the Environments three-part workshop series, "Introduction to Sustainable Gardening Series." Not only will your backyard be the envy of your neighbors, but your local pollinators will be thanking you too. Registration and fee required.

Glen Canyon Habitat Restoration Volunteer Project
Saturday, June 16th: 9-11:30am| Glen Canyon Park (Elk & Chenery St)
Join the Friends of Glen Canyon Park and the Natural Resource Division for volunteer activities including weeding, pruning, and occasional planting. Registration required.

Lands End Stewardship
Saturday, June 16th and 23rd: 1-4pm |Merrie Way parking lot in front of Pacific Coast Trail head
Help to restore unique San Francisco coastal habitat with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy! Activities include and are not limited to weeding, seed collection, landscape beautification, and trail maintenance. Registration required.

Literacy for Environmental Justice Volunteer Day
Saturday, June 16th and 23rd: 10am-1pm |607 Anderson Street
This volunteer activity helps ensure the nursery is in great shape and that plants are ready to be planted in public parks right in Southeast San Francisco, contributing to wildlife habitat and enhancing our open spaces.

Nature in the City Green Hairstreak Corridor Workday
Saturday June 16th: 10am | 14th Avenue and Pacheco
In honor of National Pollinator Week come join Nature in the City and SF Environment to restore habitat for our Coastal Green Hairstreak butterfly!

Adah’s Stairway Community Volunteer Workday
Sunday, June 17th: 10am-12pm | Adah’s Stairway (100 Buena Vista Ave)
Adah's Stairway is a new community partnership: a public stairway and park located in the Buena Vista Park and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. Come join Nature in the City to enhance the wildlife potential for this park – a forgotten place, which had become blighted by illegal dumping and graffiti.

Alemany Farm “Natives” Habitat Restoration Volunteer Workday
Sunday, June 17th: 1-4pm | 700 Alemany Boulevard
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.

Hummingbird Farm Volunteer Community Workday
Sunday, June 17th and Saturday, June 23rd: 12-3 PM | 1669 Geneva Ave. (next to the Crocker Amazon Park soccer fields parking)
The whole family is invited to community workdays - gardening activiites for al ages. 

Presidio Nursery
Saturday, June 16th and 23rd: 1-4pm | 1249a Appleton Street
Enhance your green thumb by learning to grow and care for native plants while helping to preserve and restore your national park.

24th Annual San Francisco Butterfly Count
Saturday, June 16th: 9am-5pm | Randall Museum (199 Museum Way)
Help in the historic 24th Annual San Francisco Butterfly Count! Get to know the butterflies of your area while also performing valuable citizen science. Email liammail56@yahoo.com for more information and to reserve your spot.

Presidio Habitat Restoration
Sunday, June 17th: 10am-12pm, Wednesday, June 20th 9am-12pm, and Saturday, June 23rd 9am-12pm | Presidio Transit Center
Habitat Stewards help restore and preserve natural areas of the Presidio of San Francisco.

City Hall Lighting
Monday, June 18th, sunset-sunrise | San Francisco City Hall
Keep an eye out for city hall as it becomes lit up yellow and black in honor of National Pollinator Week! You won’t want to miss it.

Garden for the Environment Workdays
Wednesday, June 20th and Saturday June 16th & 23rd: 10 am-3pm | Garden for the Environment (1590 7th Ave.)
Volunteers work alongside staff and other volunteers on a variety of garden tasks like composting, planting seeds, pruning, weeding, and tending to vegetable beds. This work helps to care for the garden, but it's also an opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills and develop their individual gardening interests with the guidance of our expert staff.

Sutro Stewards Nursery & Habitat Stewardship
Wednesday, June 20th: 9:30am-12pm | 476 Johnston Drive
Join Sutro Native Plant Nursery for projects including plant propagation, seed collection and processing, transplanting, and other nursery care, as well as habitat conservation projects like invasive weed removal, native planting, and more.

Coastal Bluff Stewardship
Thursday, June, 21st: 1-4pm | Langdon Court parking lot
Help to restore unique San Francisco coastal habitat with Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy! Activities include and are not limited to weeding, seed collection, landscape beautification, and trail maintenance. Registration required.

Gardens and Sustainability
Thursday, June 21st: 9am-12pm | Presidio Transit Center
Presidio Trust's combo program focuses on the health of historic gardens and environmental sustainability projects throughout the park.

Alemany Farm-Saturday Workparty
Saturday, June 23rd: 12-5pm | 666 Alemany Blvd
Join the friends of Alemany Farm in a Saturday volunteer workparty.  All skill levels are welcome to do as much or as little for any portion of the day.

GGP: Alvord Lake Volunteer Project
Saturday, June 23rd: 9am-12pm | Alvord Lake, GGP (Haight & Stanyan St)
Join the SFRPD gardeners and the Alvord Lake Task Force to beautify the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park. A wide range of gardening tasks are available.

Sutro Stewards: Nursery Open House & Plant Sale
Saturday, June 23rd: 1-4pm | 476 Johnston Drive
Visit the Sutro Native Plant Nursery on Saturday for nursery tours, plant propagation demonstrations, and a native plant sale.

Beekeeping 101 at Sloat Gardens
Sunday, June 24th: 10am | Sloat Gardens (2700 Sloat Blvd)
Learn how to help sustain the local bee population from bee keeping experts. Our experts will introduce us to the art of beekeeping by showing us beekeeping equipment, observation hives, frames, combs, and more. Join us for this informational seminar!

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