Environmental Service at the Presidio
Date: (Sat.) Sep. 30, 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 206.913.3790
Type: On National Public Lands Day, help landscape and remove invasives
Next in our series of environmental service projects is this National Public Lands Day (http://www.publiclandsday.org) activity at the Presidio in San Francisco. Scroll down to #Environmental Service and BAOC to learn why we are doing environmental service projects.
This event takes place 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., followed by a free buffet lunch. We will meet at 9:00 at the Crissy Fields Center for registration and continental breakfast. Work will begin at 10:00 a.m. Our group from BAOC will work as part of the Crissy Field Crew to perform beach clean-up and broad-leaf plant removal. Several other projects are also available (see below) and if you wish to work on a different project you may do so. Shuttles are provided to remote locations.
This happens to be the signature event for 2006 National Public Lands Day. Post-work festivities include a talk and book signing by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, and a 4:00 p.m. shopping party at Sports Basement (next door to Chrissy Field Center) with discounts for volunteers. So you can make a whole day of it if you want.
Families are welcome. Wear comfortable work clothes, long pants, and sturdy shoes or boots (no shorts or sandals). Dress in layers for changing weather, bring a hat, and wear sunscreen. All necessary tools, supplies, and training will be provided. All participants will need to sign a waiver (http://www.parksconservancy.org/support/volunteer/waiverforms.php); you can download and sign ahead of time if you want.
I am the club's contact person for this event, and I will be participating myself. Please phone or email me if you think you are interested so that I can let Denise know approximately how many people we will be bringing from BAOC. It's OK to just show up on Saturday. I will be wearing a neon yellow bandana so that you can find me.
Environmental Service and BAOC
This event is part of BAOC's increased commitment to perform environmental service on the lands on which we orienteer. As the club's first Environmental Coordinator, I will be organizing several environmental service projects annually. Participating in these projects will accomplish the following:
- Help us see the land from the perspective of land managers
- Strengthen our relationships with land managers
- Demonstrate our interest in maintaining the lands we orienteer on
- Give us some fun social time together
I attempt to make our club's environmental service projects interesting and entertaining as well as productive.
As mentioned above, our group will be part of the Crissy Field Crew. However, if you prefer, you can join one of the other groups below. You can probably change your preference when you arrive.
Crissy Field Crew: Volunteers perform a variety of tasks to help keep the Crissy Field area maintained as a popular destination. Projects will include maintenance along the Promenade, beach clean-up, and broad-leaf plant removal. This project is appropriate for families and all skill levels.
Presidio Native Plant Nursery: Volunteers will be helping on a variety of projects within the Nursery. Activities will focus on transplanting and weeding around native plants in the demo garden and seedling pots, pot washing, and native seed cleaning. This project is appropriate for families and all skill levels.
Fort Funston Native Plant Nursery: Volunteers will be helping on a variety of projects within the Nursery. Activities will include plant propagation, transplanting, pruning, and weeding. This project is appropriate for families and all skill levels.
Presidio Park Stewards: Volunteers will be helping to enhance rare native plant habitat and create important wildlife corridors in the Presidio of San Francisco. Activities will focus on invasive plant removal. This project is appropriate for families and all skill levels.
Trails Forever: Volunteers will be helping with maintenance projects along the Coastal Trail. Activities will include cutting back encroaching vegetation, repairing trail tread, and clearing drainage systems. Appropriate for high school age and above.
Crissy Fields Center (http://crissyfield.org/center/directions.html)
603 Mason and Halleck Street, Presidio of San Francisco
The following directions are copied from the project's informational email:
North on Van Ness Avenue
Left onto Bay Street
Right on Laguna to Marina Blvd.
Follow Marina Blvd. past Marina Green, bear right into the Presidio
Youâ€™ll be on Mason Street and Crissy Field Center is on the left, at the corner Halleck