Make a difference through volunteering with the Stewardship Corps. Volunteers and park staff work together at different locations each week to restore native habitat and beautify the San Mateo County Parks. Come explore the County Parks while lending a hand with invasive plant removal, planting native plants, and seed collection.
Drop-in individuals and families are welcome. Registration is encouraged but not required for participation. Groups of eight or larger need to be confirmed at least seven days in advance. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have the Volunteer Agreement signed by a parent or guardian. Youth under 15 are welcome and have to be accompanied by an adult.
No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided. Light snacks and beverages will be available. Bring a completed Volunteer Agreement.
The event may be cancelled due to heavy weather or fire conditions. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Dress in layers for varying weather conditions and rain gear if needed. Fulfills community service requirements.
Spend a morning under the canopy of towering redwoods and evergreens in this peaceful park. We will continue our goal of introducing over 1,700 native plants. After the program, discover nearby trails traversing the countryside and visit the Folger Stable, which houses the Carriage Room Museum and offers horseback riding activities.
Meet at the south end of the parking lot near the entrance off of Woodside Rd. (If arriving late, there are two worksites: the first is by the restrooms at the south end of the parking lot. The second is a one minute walk southeast of the parking lot towards the riding arena.)
Start your weekend by visiting Junipero Serra Park, which sits on a long ridge once quarried for its Franciscan sandstone. Over the past year, volunteers have planted native species such as snowberry and Douglas iris and pulled weeds to protect wildflowers such as lupine and owl’s clover. This year, we will plant near the parking lot by El Zanjon Creek. This park features two playgrounds, trails leading through the woods and grasslands, and an overlook for viewing landings and take-offs at San Francisco International Airport.
Meet in the left parking lot near the main entrance off of Crystal Springs Rd.
Sat, Mar 7Pigeon Point BluffsPerennial Planters
Make a trip of traveling down the coast by starting off the day with the Stewardship Corps! Last year, volunteers established nearly 750 native plants at this restoration site. This winter, we need your help planting more! The views of Pigeon Point Lighthouse, migratory whales, and expansive coastline are not to be missed.
Meet at the pull out off of Hwy 1 approximately 0.6 miles south of Pigeon Point Rd. (If arriving late, walk past the main gate and head right towards the direction of the lighthouse for 1-2 minutes.)
Help us beautify the entrance to the park by planting native species. We will look to add to the diversity of species that volunteers have previously planted, such as California lilac, California poppy, and yarrow. This unique locale at Coyote Point allows visitors to engage in a range of recreational activities including biking, hiking, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, picnicking, and enjoying the exhibits at the CuriOdyssey museum.
Meet at the parking lot near the Magic Mountain Picnic Area (take an immediate left after passing the park entrance).
Help us restore the natural state of Colma Creek—once a significant stop and home to migratory birds and other wildlife, now severely threatened by Himalayan blackberry, English ivy, and other weeds. We will support this ongoing restoration effort by reintroducing nearly 1,600 native plants into this wetland habitat.
Meet at the main parking lot near the entrance off of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. (If arriving late, head northwest from the main parking lot onto Guadalupe Trail. Stay on the trail for 8-10 minutes until you reach the worksite.)