Support Local Nature – What YOU Can Do!

Clark's grebe, by Steve Zamek
Clark’s grebe with newborn chick on its back, Clear Lake. Photo (c) Steve Zamek.

It takes a lot of work by many different institutions and individuals to protect and care for the Bay Area’s legacy of beautiful open space that supports a great diversity of plants and wildlife. We’re proud and grateful to partner with so many of the organizations who do this work and we urge you to consider supporting them by getting involved, giving a donation, or even giving a gift membership to someone else. Following is a partial list (in alphabetical order) of some of the organizations we’re currently partnering with.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit based in Palo Alto that brings people together to create local solutions for a healthy planet. Acterra’s staff offers environmental education in the areas of energy and climate change, corporate sustainability, and advocacy to build an informed and empowered citizenry.

Audubon Canyon Ranch
Audubon Canyon Ranch protects our natural and human communities through land preservation, nature education, and conservation science. ACR owns and acts as guardian of four nature preserves in Marin and Sonoma counties.

Bay Area Ridge Trail Council
The Bay Area Ridge Trail Council’s mission is to create a continuous 550+-mile trail for hikers, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians along the ridgelines overlooking San Francisco Bay.

California Native Plant Society
The California Native Plant Society is dedicated to celebrating California’s native plant heritage and preserving it for future generations.

Committee for Green Foothills
CGF’s mission is to protect the open spaces, farmlands, and natural resources of San Mateo and Santa Clara counties through advocacy, education, and grassroots action.

Friends of Edgewood Natural Preserve
This Peninsula-based nonprofit exists to protect and celebrate Edgewood as a unique treasure by promoting exemplary stewardship and reaching out with informative public programs, including year-round docent-led interpretive walks and Junior Explorer walks for young people.

Friends of Five Creeks
The all-volunteer Friends of Five Creeks works hands-on for clean water and healthy watersheds, protecting and restoring natural areas that welcome both wildlife and people, from Berkeley to Richmond.

Friends of Sausal Creek
FOSC’s mission is to restore, maintain, and protect Oakland’s Sausal Creek Watershed through awareness, education, and environmental stewardship.

Golden Gate Audubon
Golden Gate Audubon is dedicated to protecting Bay Area birds, other wildlife, and their natural habitats. GGA conserves and restores wildlife habitats, connects people of all ages and backgrounds with the natural world, and educates and engages Bay Area residents in the protection of our shared, local environment.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The mission of the Parks Conservancy is to preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the park visitor experience, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the future.

Heyday Books
Heyday is an independent, nonprofit publisher and unique cultural institution that promotes widespread awareness and celebration of California’s many cultures, landscapes, and boundary-breaking ideas. Through well-crafted books, public events, and innovative outreach programs, Heyday is building a vibrant community of readers, writers, and thinkers.

International Bird Rescue
For 45 years, International Bird Rescue (“Bird Rescue”) has been a global leader in responding to man-made disasters affecting wildlife, such as oil spills and marine debris. In addition to a fully-equipped emergency response center in Alaska, Bird Rescue runs two state-of-the-art wildlife centers in Fairfield and Los Angeles which care for more than 5,000 animals each year.

Kids for the Bay
KIDS for the BAY delivers vital environmental education programs to elementary school students in the East Bay. KIDS for the BAY turns students onto science, connects students with nature, inspires environmental action, and creates a lasting impact.

LandPaths’ mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County. LandPaths creates ways for people to experience the beauty, understand the value, and assist in healing the land in their local communities, including public outings, hands-on learning programs in underserved K-12 schools, and volunteer stewardship projects.

Mount Diablo Interpretive Association
A non-profit volunteer organization which assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mt. Diablo State Park for its 700,000 visitors each year. Through a continuing program of education, sponsored activities and publications, MDIA fosters appreciation and the enlightened use of the park.

Nature in the City
Founded in 2005 to protect and restore San Francisco’s remnant natural habitats, Nature in the City is San Francisco’s first organization wholly dedicated to ecological conservation, restoration, and stewardship of the city’s bioregions.

Peninsula Open Space Trust
POST protects and cares for open space, farms and parkland in and around Silicon Valley. “With the support of our donors, we are shaping a vibrant ecosystem for Silicon Valley – a network of protected lands that provide scenic beauty, clean air and water, locally grown food, and a place for people and wildlife to thrive.”

Point Blue Conservation Science
Point Blue’s mission is to conserve birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through science, partnerships, and outreach.  Since its founding as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965, Point Blue been assessing changes in our environment and advancing conservation through bird and ecosystem studies. Point Blue offers local bird walks and the STRAW restoration program for youth.

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
PRNSA works in partnership with Point Reyes National Seashore and the public to preserve, restore and maintain its wildlife habitat, trails, and historic sites. Its year-round environmental education programs help children and adults deepen their understanding of nature and inspire the next generation of park stewards.

Regional Parks Foundation
The Regional Parks Foundation supports the East Bay Regional Park District through fundraising to provide universal access, environmental stewardship, educational and recreational programs and the acquisition of parklands.

River Otter Ecology Project
ROEP’s mission is to illustrate the linkages between the recovery of local river otter populations and healthy watersheds, and foster public and organizational participation in restoration and conservation.

San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory
SFBBO is dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Founded in 1981, the Bird Observatory has produced over 30 years of scientific information on local bird populations, working with both government agencies and partner organizations.

Save Mount Diablo
Only half of Mount Diablo’s wild lands are preserved. The other half is at risk of being lost to development forever. Save Mount Diablo works to preserve, defend and restore the remaining natural lands for people and wildlife to enjoy.

Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife.

Save The Redwoods League
Since 1918, the League has protected nearly 200,000 acres of forest and helped create 66 redwood parks and preserves. Our work involves protecting and restoring forests and land, studying habitats, and connecting people to the redwood forest.

Sempervirens Fund
Sempervirens Fund protects, connects and cares for the local redwood forests between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean, while opening up more ways for people to enjoy them. Since 1900, Sempervirens Fund has permanently protected more than 53 square miles of local redwood forests and watersheds for people, wildlife and future generations.

Sonoma Land Trust
Sonoma Land Trust conserves scenic, natural, agricultural and open land for the future of Sonoma County. Since 1976, the Trust has protected more than 48,000 acres of beautiful, productive and environmentally significant land in and around Sonoma County. SLT offers guided hikes on protected lands and watersheds, and opportunities for restoration.

The Randall Museum
The Randall Museum offers youth and adults opportunities for active involvement and recreation in an integrated program of arts and sciences focusing on the cultures and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. The museum houses changing science, art, and interactive exhibits along with a permanent live animal exhibit, greenhouse, and gardens.

TriValley Conservancy
The Conservancy’s mission is to permanently protect the fertile soils, rangelands, open space and biological resources, and to support a viable agricultural economy in the Tri-Valley area.

UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Established in 1890, the 34-acre UC Botanical Garden is one of the most diverse landscapes in the world, with over 10,000 types of plants including many rare and endangered species.  Organized geographically, the garden features 9 regions of naturalistic plantings from Italy to South Africa, along with a major collection of California native plants. A highlight is its annual native plant sale.