San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO) - (Bay Area focus, office in Milpitas)
Dedicated to the conservation of birds and their habitats through science and outreach. Join us, volunteer, and support bird conservation science in the Bay Area. Birds are excellent indicators of ecosystem health; they are highly visible and cost-effective to track, and are sensitive to environmental change. The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory pays close attention to impacts on birds and their habitats and gathers crucial data specific to local bird populations. We also actively provide opportunities for people to be directly involved in the nature and science of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Address: 524 Valley Way, Milpitas CA 95035
Tel: (408) 946-6548
San Francisco Parks Alliance – (San Francisco, CA)
Our parks, open spaces and recreational facilities are critical public resources that enhance urban life. They are essential to sustain the human spirit. We envision a park system in San Francisco that supports this critical environmental function, is accessible, beautiful, safe, clean, fun, and welcoming to all. We envision that all San Franciscans are represented by a powerful, authoritative, transparent and independent voice that ensures our park system is managed in an accountable manner; and that engages San Franciscans in philanthropy, volunteerism and civic leadership that nurtures our parks for ourselves and for the generations who will follow us.
Address: POBox 170160, San Francisco CA 94117-0160
Tel: (415) 621-3260
San Francisco Permaculture Guild – (San Francisco, CA)
Whereas, permaculture is the harmonious integration of landscape and people providing their food, energy, shelter, and other material and non- material needs in a sustainable way bounded by the ethics of care of people, care of earth and reinvestment of surplus. The specific purpose for which this corporation is organized is to support a local community of designers and those interested in permaculture by producing educational and social events, enabling permaculture projects and providing opportunities to exchange information related to permaculture design.
San Francisco Rescued Orphan Mammal Program (SF ROMP) – (San Francisco, CA)
Provides wildlife rehabilitation care to San Francisco's injured and orphaned wild mammals with the goal of returning a healthy individual back to the wild for independence. We are a community supported organization, funded with donations, licensed by the California Department of Fish and Game. Works on state and local issues affecting wildlife, protecting and preserving San Francisco's rich biodiversity. Also provides non-lethal wildlife damage control services and assistance resolving wildlife behaviors that are problematic. These services provide the an alternative to hiring trappers that may only lawfully set traps if property damage has occurred, and must, by law, immediately release or kill lawfully trapped animals. Non-target animals must be released.
Tel: (415) 350-WILD (9453)
San Francisco Vegetarian Society (SFVS) – (Bay Area focus, San Francisco based)
A non-profit organization that has been working in the Bay Area for over 40 years promoting a vegetarian diet as a healthful and humane way of life. The Society is run entirely by volunteers. We always appreciate help, whether it is available once in a while or on an ongoing basis. You can volunteer to help with a variety of activities, from coordinating our programs to helping at our events. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us. The Society hosts events throughout the year such as vegetarian potlucks, picnics, dining out and lectures. Monthly meetings held most months
Address: PO Box 2510, San Francisco CA 94126-2510
Tel: (415) 273-5481
Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In – (Santa Cruz, CA)
An outdoor movie theater under the stars that springs up unexpectedly in the fields and industrial wastelands. Beyond showing great free movies year-round and bringing a broad community together, part of our mission is reclaiming public space and transforming our urban environment.
Save the Bay (Save San Francisco Bay Association) – (Bay Area focus, office in Oakland)
The largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. We restore habitat and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 40,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.
Address: 1330 Broadway, Suite 1800, Oakland CA 94612-2519
Tel: (510) 463-6850
Save a Bunny – (Northern CA focus, office in Mill Valley)
An award-winning, 501c3, nonprofit rabbit rescue organization based in Northern California. We work with over 30 shelters to make sure abandoned, abused and neglected rabbits get the second chance they deserve. In addition to helping adoptable rabbits find their forever homes, we specialize in healing physically wounded and emotionally traumatized rabbits by integrating extraordinary Western veterinary care with Eastern healing arts. We accept rabbits from animal shelters only, because these rabbits have run out of time and options. Address: Mill Valley, CA 94942
Tel: (415) 388-2790
Save the East Bay Hills – (Montclair, CA)
We are a coalition of families residing in the Oakland village of Montclair who do not want the forests where we live, which we cherish for their spectacular beauty and the vital animal habitat they provide to our wild neighbors, and which are the very reason we chose to live here to be destroyed by our public officials. We also do not want our families – ourselves, our children, our pets – and the multitudes of animals who reside in the hills to be repeatedly exposed to hazardous, carcinogenic chemicals that will threaten our health and well-being. Coalition members include Hills Conservation Network, Death of a Million Trees, Tree Spirit Project, Save Sutro Forest, and East Bay Pesticide Alert.
Save Our Shores (SOS) – (Central Coast focus, office in Santa Cruz)
Over the last 30 years, Save Our Shores has been responsible for key accomplishments such as preventing offshore oil drilling in Central Coast waters, helping to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, preventing local cruise ship pollution, and bringing together diverse stakeholders to find common solutions to ocean issues. Today we focus on educating youth about our watersheds, tackling plastic pollution on our beaches and rivers, advocating for plastic-free communities, managing Annual Coastal Cleanup Day in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, running our nationally renowned DockWalker program, and providing our community with educated and inspired Sanctuary Stewards!
Address: 345 Lake Avenue, Suite A (near 7th Avenue), Santa Cruz CA 95062
Tel: (831) 462-5660
Save The Waves Coalition – (international focus, office in Davenport, CA)
A global nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the coastal environment, with an emphasis on the surf zone, and educating the public about its value. We are a devoted group of surfers, scientists, and activists, who share a common belief that our wild coastal areas around the world are precious and valuable, and need to be protected.
Address: PO Box 183, 3500 Highway One, Davenport CA 95017
Tel: (831) 426-6169
Saving the Survivors (rhino focus)
Project Save the Survivors was started by wildlife veterinarians in 2012 to care and look after rhino that has fallen victim to poaching or traumatic incidents. This includes rhinos that have been wounded, rhinos where the horn has been hacked off, and victims of snaring and traumatic incidents. Rhino survivors are estimated at between 80 and 120 animals per year that will benefit from this project. This number will increase as the amount of poached rhinos increase. While a few of these animals are brought in to our hospital, most are being treated in the bush in their normal environment as transporting these injured animals are just not possible or feasible. The areas we frequently visit are Mpumalanga, Limpopo, and the Northern Cape.
Address: Postal Address: Dr Johan Marais, PO Box 16024, Pretoria North, 0116 South Africa
Tel: South Africa office 012-529-8277
Web: Website Link
Sea Shepherd International - (international)
An international non-profit, marine wildlife conservation organization. Our mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world's oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species. Sea Shepherd uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document, and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities on the high seas. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced ocean ecosystems, Sea Shepherd works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) – (international focus, office in Forest Knolls, CA)
Mission is to protect and restore endangered sea turtles and marine biodiversity worldwide in ways that incorporate the ecological needs of marine species and the economic needs of local communities, both of which share our common marine environment. We accomplish our mission through grassroots and policy-maker education, consumer empowerment, strategic litigation and by promoting sustainable local, national and international marine policies.
Address: POBox 370, Forest Knolls CA 94933
Tel: (415) 663-8590
Seacology – (international focus, office in Berkeley, CA)
We protect island habitats and assist local communities by offering villages a unique deal: if they agree to create a forest or marine reserve, we'll provide funds for something the village needs, like a schoolhouse or health clinic. Since 1991, we've worked with more than 200 villages on 151 islands in 53 countries, helping to protect more than one million acres of some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.
Address: 1623 Solano Avenue, Berkeley CA 94707
Tel: (510) 559-3505
Seeds of Change – (seed purchasing)
Founded in 1989 with a revolutionary mission: to make organically grown seeds available to gardeners and farmers, while preserving rare heirloom and traditional seed varieties, and promoting sustainable organic agricultural practices. We are excited by the growing popularity and interest in organic gardening and farming, and are proud of the role we play in providing the products and information you need to adopt a healthy organic lifestyle. From the seed to the harvest to the plate everything is connected and our choices do matter. We thank you for joining us in the pursuit of a safe and sustainable future for our families, our communities and our beautiful mother earth.
Address: P.O. Box 4908 Rancho Dominguez, CA 90220
Tel: (888) 762-7333
Sempervirens Fund – (CA land trust for local redwood forests, based in Los Altos, CA)
Protects, connects and cares for the local redwood forests between Silicon Valley and the Pacific Ocean – while we open up more ways for people to enjoy them. Since 1900, Sempervirens Fund has permanently protected more than 53 square miles of local redwood forests and watersheds for people, wildlife and future generations. As California’s oldest land trust and the only organization focused entirely on this local redwood forest, Sempervirens Fund works on behalf of the community to re-establish a vast, beautiful, accessible redwood world that provides crucial refuge and recreation in our own backyard. We call it the Great Park.
Address: 419 South San Antonio Road, Suite 211, Los Altos CA 94022-3640
Tel: (650) 949-1453
Sierra Club – (local to international focus, national HQ in San Francisco, office also in D.C.)
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the nation's largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization -- with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
Address: National Headquarters, 85 Second Street, 2nd Floor , San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 977-5500
Slide Ranch – (Muir Beach, CA)
Slide Ranch connects children to nature. We cultivate healthy bodies and minds, and foster future generations of environmental stewards through hands-on programs at our coastal farm and nature preserve in California. Slide Ranch is a Park Partner with Golden Gate National Parks, a unit of the National Park Service.
Address: 2025 Shoreline Highway, Muir Beach, CA, 94965
Tel: (415) 381-6155
Spiral Gardens Community Food Security Project – (Berkeley and North Oakland, CA)
Mission is to create healthy sustainable communities by promoting a strong local food system and encouraging productive use of urban soil. Our core programs are based at our Urban Garden Center, located at the corner of Sacramento and Oregon Streets in Southwest Berkeley, on two blocks of public land at the end of a long-vacant former railroad right of way. These programs include our Nursery, Produce Stand, Community Farm, Community Education, and Community Harvest Project. In addition to the community farm, we have one other community garden located on 59th Street in North Oakland. We also conduct outreach, education, and plant sales throughout the local community and at local and regional events, including a consistent presence at the Saturday Berkeley Farmers’ Market from March through October.
Address: 2838 Sacramento Street, Berkeley CA 94702
Tel: (510) 843-1307
Underdog Animal Rescue – (Lafayette, CA)
We have grown into a strong network of people dedicated to saving the Underdogs in our shelters. We have dedicated our efforts to giving a chance to the dogs that are most in need (medically or behaviorally) and the dogs that have been overlooked for too long.
Address: Based in Lafayette, CA
Tel: (925) 899-6114
Starhawk's Tangled Web – (books)
The website of Starhawk, the author of The Spiral Dance, The Fifth Sacred Thing, and other books that link an earth-based spirituality to action to change the world. Here you'll find information about her books, her current and past activities, many of her articles and unpublished writings, links to related groups and organizations, and resources for activists.
The Story of Stuff - (international group, office in Berkeley)
We’re a Community of over a million change-makers worldwide, working to build a more healthy and just planet. Together, we believe it's possible to create a society based on better not more, sharing not selfishness, community not division. We invite you to be inspired by and share our movies, participate in our study programs, and take part in our campaigns on the issues you care about.
Address: 1442 A Walnut Street, #272, Berkeley CA 94709
Tel: (510) 883-1055
Treehugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information.
Urban Releaf – (Oakland, CA)
Committed to the revitalization of our communities through tree planting, garden projects and environmental education. Studies have shown that increasing the number of trees in an area improves the psychological well being of the residents. Urban Releaf understands that tree planting is an important service in continuing the effort to beautify our communities. To this end, Urban Releaf seeks to empower our residents including children and youth to beautify their neighborhoods. We believe that rehabilitation through tree planting and environmental awareness will revitalize our core urban areas.
Address: 835 57th Street, Oakland CA 94608
Tel: (510) 601-9062
Urban Sprouts – (San Francisco, CA)
Plants the seeds of social equity to build healthy and thriving neighborhoods through community and garden-based education. Urban Sprouts has field-tested and evaluated the Garden-based Education Model developed by Dr. Michelle Ratcliffe (Ratcliffe et al., 2006; Ratcliffe et al., 2009). This model combines the Social Cognitive Theory of behavior change (Bandura, 1986), youth development theory and ecoliteracy models to determine the quantity and quality of garden-based experiences that enable youth to improve their health and nutrition. Learning that takes place in an interactive and multi-sensory context—the school garden—helps youth retain new knowledge and attitudes in the long-term.
Address: c/o Neighborhood Parks Council, 451 Hayes Street, 2nd Floor, San Francisco CA 94102
Tel: (415) 287-0722