Golden Gate Park!
San Francisco Rec & Park
August 3-5, 2012
The largest and most famous park in SF, this is an opportunity not to be missed. V-O-Cal is partnering with the SF Rec & Parks Natural Areas Program and the Friends of the Oak Woodlands in GG Park. We will work in the only natural area in San Francisco that features indigenous groves of Coast Live Oak Woodland, so this is a special treat.
Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. Center Camp will be in the Fuchsia Dell just off Conservatory Dr and just a couple hundred yards from the corner of Stanyan & Fell. Food is provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a unique opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.
The special treat of being able to camp legally in Golden Gate Park comes with a few unusual challenges related to the not-so-legal campers: we will have a group of volunteers in and around camp throughout the work day and we have arranged uniformed (but unarmed) security to keep watch over the camp and cars overnight for both Friday & Saturday.
Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool. Muni routes 33, 5, & 71 all stop within 1/4 mile of Center Camp. Follow Hayes St into the park to the Fuchsia Dell to find our Center Camp.
- Take 19th Ave/CA 1 exit;
- Follow CA 1 to Cabrillo St;
- Right onto Cabrillo
- Left onto 15th St.
- Left onto Fulton St and follow Fulton to Stanyan.
- Right onto Stanyan and
- Turn into the parking lot just before Fell St. (If you miss the turn into the lot: turn right onto Kezar Dr and immediately right toward McLaren Lodge. Follow to the parking areas
From I80/US 101:
- Take exit toward the 9th St Civic Center.
- Stay on 101 spur as it becomes Octavia, then turn left onto Fell St.
- Continue on Fell for 1.6 miles;
- make slight left onto Kezar Dr and immediate right toward McLaren Lodge
- Follow behind McLaren Lodge to parking area
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes
HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes. Recommended: Bring a plastic bag for dirty clothes!
TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.
DISCARDED NEEDLES: As is true in many SF parks, the hidden areas we are working to "reactivate" have many discarded hypodermic needles. you will be provided with collection containers and instructions about how to identify and handle anything you find.