The Native Plant Nursery at Half Moon Bay is located outdoors at Francis Beach, next to the rangers’ offices. Each year over 5000 plants are readied by late summer for the fall planting season that starts after the first heavy rains.

Nursery volunteers meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays; the tasks are dependent on the time of year.

If you are interested in native plant restoration, working in the Native Plant Nursery is a rewarding volunteer commitment with very visible results. Anyone interested in assisting at the nursery or with planting in the parks should contact the volunteer coordinator at  1-650-726-8819 or email We hope that you’ll consider joining this dedicated group of volunteers.

Volunteers tend to the potted plants as necessary.
(Photo: © Avis Boutell)
Watering seedlings is necessary during the summer months (Photo: © Avis Boutell)
Coastal Wildflower Day celebrates the Native Plant Nursery with the public. (Photo: © Avis Boutell)


  • Preparing seed flats
  • Planting seeds
  • Watering
  • Weeding demonstration gardens
  • Planting demonstration gardens
  • Planting in the field
  • Transplanting seedlings into larger pots
  • Helping with Coastal Wildflower Day Festival
  • Helping with plant sales at Pigeon Point Anniversary Celebration
  • Outreach to incorporate native plants into home gardens
  • Working with school groups
  • Collecting seeds—with permission as this is a restricted activity in State Parks
Weeding the Visitor Center's garden
(Photo: © Avis Boutell)
The Visitor Center's garden in full bloom.
(Photo: © Avis Boutell)
Recognition to outside groups for their help in restoration work. (Photo: © Avis Boutell)