Next Volunteer Date: Friday, September 26, 2014



Healthy Habitats+Lifestyles Project Announcement

About Us

We are a multi-generational and multi-cultural cohort of youth, volunteers, supporters, environmental educators, habitat restoration specialists, community organizers and social justice advocates dedicated to connecting people to local urban open spaces to restore ecology, improve environmental health and strengthen community.

Our Mission

Connecting people to urban open space to restore ecology, improve environmental health, and strengthen community.

Based out of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area CPSRA, and a formal partner of California State Parks, the goal of Candlestick Point Eco-stewards (CPE) is to work through ecological restoration, community engagement and public education to restore the ecology of Southeast San Francisco parkland, and help residents both reconnect to their natural heritage and enjoy their right to a healthy and biologically diverse environment.

A project of Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), CPE is striving to undo the environmental degradation of the natural environment in Southeast San Francisco, and address the inequality in public access to open space. We seek to create a Southeast San Francisco where ecology and communities are connected, strong, healthy and thriving.

The Point

Everyone should have the opportunity to thrive in a clean, healthy and just environment. Yet San Francisco’s Bayview Hunter’s Point community has long faced disproportionate challenge to this right due to industrial pollution and massive job loss since the late-1960s. Although the neighborhood contains only 4% of San Francisco’s population, it is home to more than two-thirds of San Francisco’s pollution sources and approximately one-third of the city’s hazardous waste sites.

Established in 1979, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area (CPSRA) is a 3.2 mile unique coastal resource that holds tremendous potential as a place for community members connect with their natural heritage and each other. In fact, this was the vision when it was first developed as a “State Park for the People.” At that time, a powerful “Friends of Candlestick” group - comprised of local community members - played an integral role in CPSRA being developed.

“Candlestick is the example of if you leave people to their own devices, they really do have sense, and that really is what the fundamentals of democracy ought to be about. Instead of us always having to react to other people’s visions for us, Candlestick was one place where people were able to express their own vision for their own park and their own neighborhood – and that’s ultimately what came about.” - Community Leader Claude Everhart

Yet today, no identifiable group of friends advances the original vision or protects the park, which leaves the hopes and goals for CSPRA largely unfulfilled.

CPE seeks to fill these gaps, serving as the point of connection to engage community members, youth, volunteers and supporters in coming together to restore ecology, improve environmental health, and strengthen community.

Ways to Engage

The Eco-stewards host regular standing workdays at our native plant nursery and at Candlestick Point SRA.

Groups can also Connect With Us to schedule their own workdays.

Get Involved

Volunteer

Volunteers like you make a tangible and lasting impact on the land and community, and are absolutely critical to advancing this restoration and community development.

Our standing work days at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Native Plant Nursery and Community Garden:

First Saturday of every month, 10 am – 1 pm

Nursery volunteers grow native plant stock for restoration projects in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and help out with special projects.

Second Saturday of every month, 9 am - 1 pm

Volunteers work in the field restoring the wetlands at Yosemite Slough and three other sites at Candlestick Pt. SRA.

Fourth Friday of every month, 9 am - 1 pm

Volunteers grow native plant stock for restoration projects at our nursery in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in partnership with the California State Parks Foundation.

Connect With Us

Native Plant Nursery

1150 Carroll Ave

San Francisco, CA 94124

For inquiries about the Native Plant Nursery, please contact Patrick Marley Rump at patrick.rump@lejyouth.org.

For inquiries about our BYE or Service Learning programs, please contact Anthony Khalil at anthony.khalil@lejyouth.org or 415.240.0984.