Bay Nature magazineWinter 2023


This Winter, Get Your Hands Dirty: Stewardship Volunteer Opportunities

Want to do more outdoors than play?

January 3, 2023

For more ideas on things to do, check out the Bay Nature Events Calendar.

Planting Time: No Green Thumb Required

In winter, young native plants grown in nurseries for restoration projects are ready to set down roots in their permanent homes.


Young plants are ready to be transferred into pots that will travel to restoration sites up and down Sausal Creek. With headwaters starting in the Oakland Hills, the creek flows five miles through the city to its estuary. Join Friends of Sausal Creek’s volunteer nursery crew.


Join South Bay neighbors of all ages in planting native seedlings in Silicon Valley. Grassroots Ecology stewards habitats along creeks and in open spaces. Check the calendar for planting days.

North Bay

Build a New Park

Here, there are trails to clear, benches to assemble, and rocks to move. Bridges to build! People to meet!! Help open Patwino Worrtla Kodoi Dihi Open Space Park, a new 1,500-acre park near Rockville in Solano County.

South Bay

Surveying Tidepools

The Pillar Point reef, at Half Moon Bay’s north tip, is home to more than 800 species, mostly in the tidepools. Join California Academy of Sciences’ Intertidal Biodiversity Survey in a group or on your own. Email:

North Bay & South Bay

Learn to Burn

Join a “good fire” team, and learn how controlled fire can safely support a healthy ecosystem. In the North and South Bay, local prescribed burn associations offer training and opportunities to get out in the field and support local burns.

San Francisco

For Teens: Summer Stewardship

Spend the summer outdoors, learning about Bay Area plants and animals, helping them in hands-on projects like trail work and habitat restoration, and meeting fellow high schoolers from around the Bay. This is the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy’s LINC program. Applications due March 20.

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