Every last Saturday of the month beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp, volunteers meet up behind the Randall Museum to help restore Corona Heights Park. Located adjacent to the Field Museum, Corona Heights Park is ideal for those who enjoy the climb, as well as, some of the best views San Francisco has to offer. Corona Heights Park is one of San Francisco’s best kept secrets.
Anyone can see this green spot from the street; however, not too many know how to reach it. Few locals, mostly the ones who love to walk their dogs, along with some urban explorers traverse its path towards the rock at the top of the hill. Upon reaching its summit, one can enjoy the spectacular view of San Francisco. Anyone can enjoy the magnificent wild flowers that carpet the grasslands each spring. The colors are mesmerizing, especially as the flowers sway and dance, thanks to the strong winds.
Corona Heights is among the San Francisco Natural Areas habitat restoration projects. The project targets the removal of large, invasive weeds that include radish, broom and fennel. Thanks to the help of volunteers, after years of regular removal, these weeds are now under control. The current main concern for the restoration project is dealing with the more difficult-to-handle weeds such as plantain, sheep sorrel, oxalis and ehrharta grass.
Join the volunteers in removing invasive weeds from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Explore and learn to identify California native plants that support wildlife and become familiar San Francisco’s ecosystem. The entire family can join. Make sure that kids 10-years old and up have an adult or parent accompanying them. Come in proper attire. Closed-toed shoes, long pants and layered clothes are applicable. The organizers will provide the tools and refreshments, but you are free to bring your own if you want to.
Please call the Natural Areas Program at 415-552-3542 at least two to three days ahead if you are a first-time volunteer. The activity shall proceed rain or shine; however, it is best to check with the organizers to make sure that it will proceed as planned, especially around the holidays.
For more information, visit http://baynature.org/events/volunteer-workdays/corona-heights-restoration-2010-03-27