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Join Us to Restore Woodland Canyon Creek

We've met our match!


Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist generously donated a $25,000 matching grant and our community responded! Thank you so much for all of those who have donated!

Did you know there's a creek on Mount Sutro? Woodland Canyon Creek begins at the summit of Mount Sutro in two tributaries that converge in Woodland Canyon. The creek flows from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), property through San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (SFRPD) land and disappears into a pipe near Stanyan street. The seasonal creek can be heard after a heavy rain, but the creek is never seen because it is hidden under so much overgrowth. 


Restoration of the canyon would result in a clear view of the creek, could result in increased water flow due to removal of the dense vegetation which sucks up water, and by planting native riparian species grown in the Sutro Stewards Nursery, would serve as a biodiversity hotspot within Mount Sutro and San Francisco. Restoring this creek represents an opportunity to build community, enhance habitat for birds and butterflies and increase local resilience to drought and climate change. 


We are excited to be working in collaboration with UCSF and SFRPD, neighbors and Mount Sutro enthusiasts, to enhance biodiversity within Woodland Canyon Creek, open vistas and maintain long-term sustainable stewardship of the creek and watershed into perpetuity.


We are continue to fundraise for this project to increase staffing, increase our volunteer programs from quarterly to monthly starting in July 2023, grow thousands of plants, outreach to the community about the creek and continue long term planning and coordination with all our partners.

Get Involved!

Donate to support this urban watershed!

We are actively building this campaign and are seeking help with:

  • Communications and  PR

  • Graphic illustration

  • Web design and social media


Contact Ildiko(at) to get involved. 

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We will be holding quarterly stewardship events in the canyon to clear the invasive cape ivy that prevents native plants from thriving and sucks up soil water. Here's how you can help:

Sign up for our next volunteer event on June 17th, 8:45 am -12:30 pm 


Where Does the Creek Flow?

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