Touch The Bay

The Bay’s biodiversity is rooted in its diverse native plant communities, and replanting these vulnerable species is an excellent way to Dig In and get the Bay between your fingers. But as some Bay Heroes know, the best way to Touch the Bay is with your whole body. That’s why we've included both aquatic and terrestrial suggestions for this adventure!


There’s no better way to celebrate the Bay than to DIG IN and VOLUNTEER! Protect and restore the Bay--touch the water, dirt, plants, and seedlings. Participate in all aspects of Save the Bay's restoration activities.

  • Collect native plant seeds on-site
  • Tend plants at our on-site nurseries
  • Sow plants along the shoreline
  • Remove invasive weeds and trash that degrade the Bay

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Get your hands dirty and starting planting! You can become a Habitat Hero and grow gardens for butterflies, bees, birds, and other ever-important pollinators.

Did you know that native plants use less water and don’t require additional fertilizers? They also provide a sense of place and connect us to the wildlife and biodiversity of the Bay Area.

Here are a few of our favorite commercial nurseries, and they have a healthy selection of native species and knowledgeable staff. Ready, set, PLANT!

Bay Natives (SF), The Dry Garden (Berkeley), The Watershed Nursery (Point Richmond), Native Here Nursery (Berkeley), Annie’s Annuals (Richmond).


Take the plunge! The Bay waters may be cold, but if you jump in and take a swim, the experience is one you’ll never forget. Swim by a colony of sea lions or maybe even spot some whales. You may just love it! If so, join Water Worlds Swim for a monthly swim from Alcatraz across the Bay or participate in the Dolphin Club’s organized swims in the waters of Aquatic Park.

Local Super-Sensory Flora:

Found only in the hills just east of the SF Bay, the Pallid Manzanita grows on rocky ridges where soil nutrient supply is scarce. Seed germination is triggered by heat from flames and chemicals from smoke, meaning these trees can “feel” fire!