You say you have a hankering to help Mother Earth but don’t know where to start? This spring the Bay Area is blooming with opportunities. Golden Gate National Recreation Area offers plenty of volunteer projects: restoring Land’s End; nursery planting at Fort Funston; native plant revegetation in the Presidio; and even salmon habitat enhancement at Muir Woods. You can also help protect endangered species like the peregrine falcon, tend baby trees, or assist with trail maintenance. Mother will be proud.
EXTRA CREDIT: Another way to stay in touch with the land is to employ your green thumb at a community garden. Wherever you live in the city—the Mission, the Sunset, Nob Hill, or Potrero Hill—there’s a garden that needs a little help. Sometimes you get your own plot, sometimes you share one, and the gardeners usually share tools (and compost). And when you taste your first fresh-from-the-vine tomato? Juicy!