Treasure/Yerba Buena Islands Stewardship

The Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) and San Francisco Environment (SFE) have proudly established the Treasure Island/Yerba Buena Island Public Stewardship Program, hosting monthly public Volunteer Days on both Islands and offering special opportunities for school field trips, Island community groups, corporate volunteer experiences, and more!

The May 20, 2020 TI/YBI Stewardship Volunteer Day is cancelled.

Monthly TI/YBI Stewardship Volunteer Days:

What: Restore YBI’s native habitat, work in a native plant nursery, perform Clipper Cove Beach shoreline habitat restoration and beach clean-up, remove invasive species in YBI natural areas. 

When: Third Wednesday of each month between 1 PM and PM.

Click here for calendar of 2020 Volunteer Days

Where: Various on-Island locations.

Note: Locations vary by month and are posted in this space by or before the beginning of the week of the Wednesday volunteer day

Things to Know:

  • All ages and abilities are welcome!  Drop-ins welcome, no RSVPs required.*
  • Water, work gloves, tools and guidance are all provided.
  • Bring a water bottle, hat/sunscreen and comfortable closedtoes shoes.
  • Traveling from off-Island? Consider riding the MUNI 25-Treasure Island bus.

*Please alert TIDA ahead of time if you are a coordinated group of more than 20 volunteers.  Additional Stewardship volunteer opportunities are also available for schools, Island community groups, corporate volunteer teams and more with advance coordination through TIDA and SFE.

Please contact Peter Summerville of TIDA at (415) 274-0665 or Peter.Summerville@sfgov.org for more information.

Image of Stewardship Work Day activitiy on YBIImage of volunteers during Clipper Cove Beach Cleanup

Supporting the YBI Habitat Management Plan and Bringing YBI to TI!

The Yerba Buena Island Habitat Management Plan (HMP) calls for ongoing volunteer stewardship as well as contracted technical natural areas management of Yerba Buena Island's Natural Areas. As part of HMP implementation, this Public Stewardship Program currently facilitates public engagement through hands-on volunteer stewardship opportunties maintaining Yerba Buena Island's outstanding Natural Areas. 

TIDA and SFE also seek to "bring YBI to TI" by hosting volunteer days at a native plant nursery on TI (managed by Literacy for Environmental Justice-LEJ) and enhancing areas around Treasure Island community facilities with the installation of, and care for, YBI Native Plant Demonstration Gardens and providing hands-on learning opportunities for students at the on-Island Life Learning Academy High School.  Stewardship opportunities are suitable for all ages and abilities. 

Learn about the natural history, native plant communities, ecology and geology of Yerba Buena Island

Learn more about the YBI Habitat Management Plan and Development Project implementation

View and download the YBI Habitat Management Plan document in PDF format

Keep up with the latest on the Public Stewardship Program!

The TI/YBI Public Stewardship Program distributes a monthly e-mail newsletter with fun facts about Yerba Buena Island's native fauna and flora, news about TIDA and SFE on-Island projects, information about local non-profit and natural area partners, and more!

Click here to join the TI/YBI Stewardship Program newsletter mailing list

For general information or inquiries about anything Stewardship-related, please contact Peter Summerville of TIDA staff at (415) 274-0660 or send an email