Volunteer in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) right here on the coast. Trail Keepers enjoy a flexible, family-friendly schedule, regular exercise, outdoor learning, and skill development, all while supporting their beloved parks. By monitoring trails, Trail Keepers collect important information for the National Park Service Trail Crew and maintenance and natural resources staff, and share park history with other visitors. Get to know new trails, while enjoying old favorites. Call 415-561-3068 for information on Trail Keeper orientations and volunteer opportunities. Explore other GGNRA internship and volunteer opportunities year-round, including the Coastside's four national parks (Mori Point, Milagra Ridge, Rancho Corral de Tierra, and Sweeney Ridge), plus San Francisco's Ocean Beach and The Presidio, and Marin's Muir Woods. Projects include planting, weeding, mulching, beach cleanup, trail maintenance, and more. Register online at Parks Conservancy. For information, call 415-561-3077 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Every Friday night, the bowling alley presents Astro Bowl, a multicolored laser show with musical beats from the DJ, along with video screens that will have you moonwalking up and down the shiny lanes. It's entertainment for people who yearn for the club scene atmosphere—without the club. From 10 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., Fridays, off Highway 1 just south of Rockaway Beach and Fassler Avenue in Pacifica. Call 650-738-8190 for information.
Pacifica Beach Coalition hosts regular beach cleanups and habitat restoration. If your school, group, or family can help, please call 650-355-1668. Supplies and support provided. Put your special talents to work. Become a steward for your favorite beach. Help write articles, take photographs, give school presentations, or do media communications, fundraising, record-keeping, and grant writing.
If you like hiking or biking in San Pedro Valley Park to enjoy its flora and fauna, and you want to help maintain the park's five trails and wildlife habitat, drop by the visitor center and join the volunteer team called Friends of San Pedro Valley Park. Several times a year, experts present educational programs at the visitor center and guided hikes focusing on park wildlife, geology, and botany.
The labyrinth at Saint Edmund’s Church is available for all to enjoy as a place of peace and tranquility seven days a week. The gates open daily from 7 a.m. to dusk. The labyrinth is a metaphor for the spiritual journey as we search for the center and meaning of our lives. Since prehistoric times, the labyrinth has been a sacred path of meditation that confers real benefits to body and soul. It has been found in all religious traditions in various forms around the world. Saint Edmund's is at 1500 Perez Drive off Rosita Road in Linda Mar, Pacifica. Call 650-359-3364 for more information.
Photo by Linda Peebles
Florey's Book Co. welcomes special orders; most books available in just a few days. Florey's offers FREE gift wrapping for any purchase. Several community groups have meetings and activities at Florey's. Call or visit the bookstore for information. 2120 Palmetto Avenue (Sharp Park), Pacifica. Phone 650-355-8811. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
San Bruno Mountain Watch stewardship programs, plant sales, and special events. Call 415-467-6631 or click the link above.
Bay Area nature enthusiasts stay informed and list events on BAY NATURE. That’s easy to do with the online event submission form. Email your announcements, but please submit two weeks in advance. The calendar is the most comprehensive list of nature-related public activities in the Bay Area: hikes, talks, film screenings, workshops, restoration projects, special days at nature centers and science museums. Calendar events also feed into the interactive map.
Jake Sigg is a great source of Bay Area environmental and conservation news and opinion. He also riffs on population, language, and politics:
Classes for writers, editors, photographers, designers, broadcasters, community organizers, computer wizards, dancers, actors, and other creative folks. Media Alliance has an interactive website for finding jobs, signing up for classes, and connecting to other media activists in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Beach Watch volunteers perform shoreline monitoring under the auspices of NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. Beach Watch uses highly trained “citizen scientists” from all walks of life to conduct regular shoreline surveys spanning 150 miles of coastline from Point Año Nuevo to Bodega Head. The volunteers have conducted wildlife surveys during oil spills and other disasters. Since 1996, the nonprofit Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association has managed Beach Watch data and volunteers. Find out more about the sanctuary and its volunteer programs: Farallones and NOAA.
Maritime National Historical Park is on the San Francisco waterfront. Board historic vessels berthed at Hyde Street Pier and participate in interpretive programs: traditional shipbuilding methods, ship restoration and maintenance by shipwrights, rigging crew, small-craft curators and volunteers, and exhibits aboard Balclutha and in the Visitor Center. Complete schedule:
Visitor Center: 415-447-5000