Native Here Nursery, a project of East Bay CNPS, a non-profit dedicated to preserving California’s native flora for future generations, is devoted to local native flora exclusively from Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Conservation and restoration are at the heart of our mission, and the nursery is dependent on community engagement from enthusiastic volunteers to keep running.

We depend entirely on volunteers to keep the nursery going and there are many ways for volunteers with many backgrounds and skills to be involved!


Drop-in nursery team

Interested in native plants, gardening, horticulture, botany, ecology, restoration, or just getting your hands dirty? Come volunteer at Native Here Nursery on a drop-in basis each week! Drop in volunteers to help us sow and pot up native California plants, as well as other tasks that keep the nursery going, like weeding, watering, mulching and cleaning pots.

Hours are flexible — come for as long or as little as you want during our drop-in open hours: Tuesdays from 12pm to 3pm, Fridays from 9am to 12pm and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

No experience necessary — bring your enthusiasm for nature and a willingness to get your hands in the dirt and we’ll teach you the rest!

Watering team

Join the watering team and save lives — plant lives! As the weather heats up, our plants get more thirsty and need more regular water.

Our plants rely on volunteers to water them each week — our little nursery in Tilden Park is dedicated to growing native California plants for restoration projects and gardeners who value pollinator, wildlife and ecological diversity, and we don’t have an irrigation system to automatically water our plants.

California spring wildflowersThat’s where you come in: watering volunteers take responsibility for watering a specific section of the nursery on a regular basis. Most sections take between an hour and a hour and a half to water thoroughly, though we can accommodate volunteers who have more or less time than that.

Watering regularly at Native Here Nursery is a very peaceful, calming experience. It’s a special place that offers volunteers and visitors the chance to slow down and reconnect with nature. The nursery is tucked away in the Bay Hills within Tilden Park, and we are surrounded by the park and all of the wonderful wildlife that lives in it. The loudest noises you’ll regularly hear are the sounds of birds singing and the rustling of the wind through the leaves of the huge oaks and maples that surround the nursery. Many of our regular watering volunteers use their time at the nursery to relax and recharge while connecting with nature and getting to know local California plants.

Watering at Native Here is also a great way to get more familiar with how native California plants grow and how to care for them in a garden setting. Interested watering volunteers can also sign up to learn more about the unique requirements of California native plants, how to start plants from seed, botanical terminology, plant health, and more.

Watering hours are flexible — after a short orientation, watering volunteers can set their own schedule. We’re particularly looking for volunteers regularly available on mornings and weekends for about an hour to an hour and a half.

No previous experience required — just a willingness to learn and to get a little damp.

Steve does a lot for the nursery. He volunteers to lead the Plant Fair, constructs protective cages for young plants, and represents the nursery to the chapter board of directors.

Steve does a lot for the nursery. He volunteers to lead the Plant Fair, constructs protective cages for young plants, and represents the nursery to the chapter board of directors.

Internships & formal volunteer projects

Let us know if you have specific volunteer requirements for high school or college courses and we can talk about how volunteering at Native Here could fit your needs.

Ready to get involved?

Email us at or call the nursery at 510-549-0211 for more information about any of our volunteer opportunities or if you would like to sign up to participate.