Volunteer at the extraordinary gardens of Alcatraz

Gardners needed!

The extraordinary gardens of Alcatraz reflect a rich history of horticulture and gardening ideas spanning many different eras, including floriferous Victorian cottage gardens, terraced cutting beds, and environmentally sensitive attempts at erosion control. Since 2003, garden volunteer crews have been working each week to re-establish the historic gardens.

Volunteer activities include weeding, pruning, and planting. Through the project, volunteers will be introduced to the stories of the gardens and have the opportunity to visit some areas not accessible to the public. As an added bonus, garden volunteers arrive on Alcatraz before other visitors, so you can experience the island during the most tranquil time of day.

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This is is not a drop-in program. An application is required, as well as a commitment to volunteering on a weekly or bi-weekly basis for 2–3 months.


Groups of five or more may require special arrangements. Fill out the Group Project Request Form or contact us for more information. Group projects must be confirmed in advance. Visit our Group Volunteers page for more details and to learn about activity types and project locations.

Age, Skills, What to Bring:

Volunteers ages 18 and up are welcome.
Bring your volunteer waiver.
Please wear clothes that can get dirty, long pants, closed-toe shoes, layers for changing weather, and rain gear if necessary. Also, bring a personal water bottle, sunscreen, and lunch.
No experience necessary. Training and tools will be provided. Fulfills community service requirements.

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