Native plants planted in five sites, providing food and habitat for butterflies, birds, insects
Copies printed of our newly designed Nature in the City Map
Hours of expertise, sweat and humor donated by volunteers
Eleven habitat sites strategically placed throughout the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood are creating an urban wildlife habitat corridor that is restoring iridescent green butterflies and more!
NTC leads free guided walks throughout San Francisco. Even in our dense city, rich biodiversity is to be found when you know where to look. Expect fresh air, spectacular views, wildflowers, butterfly sightings, and good company.
Amidst the bustle of Market Street, Western Tiger Swallowtail butterflies have been thriving since the 1980s. NTC works to protect their habitats in the Market Street corridor redesign.
Beautifully illustrated maps with layers and layers of information about the biodiversity shaping San Francisco, our map invites youth and adults to be curious about the outdoors.
Five plants grown from seed and planted by volunteers
Gloves and tools for a weekend habitat restoration workday
Full day’s work for habitat restoration intern
Fifty Nature in the City maps in the hands of early childhood educators
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The new Nature in the City Map – highlighting trails, natural areas, and local species of the San Francisco Peninsula – the map is both artistic and scientific. One side of the map shows the whole city, and the flip side hones in on local, regional, continental, and global details across space and time. With donated expertise from the California Academy of Sciences, the Exploratorium, San Francisco Department of the Environment, Presidio Trust, and others, Nature in the City won a grant to support the production and printing for our map, and the entire process took the team three years.
Grow native plants in pots in their backyards (just add water) for winter planting in Nature in the City habitat sites or to plant and attract wildlife in your own backyard. Learn about the benefits of nature to calm the nervous system and restore healthy mental functions. Explore nature in San Francisco using the Nature in the City map, talk with family and friends about their connection to nature, and pass on what they learn. Donate money or volunteer!
Did you know San Francisco is part of a biodiversity hotspot known as the California Floristic Province? This Mediterranean Climate zone stretches along the Pacific coast from Baja to Southern Oregon and contains nearly 3,500 species of plants, 61% of which are found nowhere else in the world. Closer to home in San Francisco, there are dozens of rare and endangered plants and animals. Some of the endangered species in our city include: Mission Blue Butterfly, San Francisco Wallflower, California Red-Legged Frog, Presidio Clarkia, and Western Snowy Plover.