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Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s 50th Anniv. Volunteer Weekend (Alcatraz Historic Gardens)

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Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 8:00 am to 12:00 pm | Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required

Alcatraz Island | Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94133

Event Details

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is turning 50 years old on October 27, 2022! Help us celebrate the 50th anniversary by rolling up your sleeves and giving the parks some TLC!

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 am–12:30 pm

The Alcatraz Gardens Stewardship Program aims to preserve the historic gardens once tended by the island’s military and penitentiary residents. For more than a century, gardens were an important part of everyday life for officers, families, and prisoners confined to Alcatraz by sentence or duty. Many of the plants selected by these unheralded gardeners proved to be excellent choices for the harsh and barren environment, flourishing through the four decades of neglect that followed the prison’s closing.

Volunteers help care for the restored gardens with activities such as weeding, pruning, composting (award winning!), planting, propagating, and seed collecting. As an added bonus, garden volunteers arrive on Alcatraz before other visitors, so you can experience the island during the most tranquil time of day. Please note, registration is required.


Corporate groups: If your company or team would like to volunteer on Alcatraz, we have a special program just for you, the Alcatraz Rock Stars program! To sign up please visit our Corporate Volunteering page.

Groups require special arrangements and must be confirmed in advance. Schools and community groups: Fill out the Group Project Request Form.


  • Volunteers ages 15 and up are welcome.
  • We’ll be working rain or shine. Wear clothes that can get dirty. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Bring layers for changing weather and rain gear if necessary.
  • Bring a personal water bottle and sunscreen.
  • No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided. Fulfills community service requirements.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE*
*Registration Required
Categories: *Top Pick*, Charity & Volunteering, Earth Day, In Person, Nature, Outdoors
Address: Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA 94133