Fun in Peninsula

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Allied Arts Guild (Menlo Park)

There are over ten art studios and art-related shops among gardens. Flowers in the garden include blue Nile lilies, aster, salvia, hydrangeas, gold and yellow marigolds, wallflowers, nasturtiums and roses. Volunteer to work with Kathleen Bryan who designs flower beds and gardens, and rotates special plantings with the seasons.

Bay Area Older Adults (Peninsula Region)

Do you want to help seniors live a longer, higher quality life?  Bay Area Older Adults™ is a charitable 501(c)3  organization with a vision to promote an active and healthy lifestyle for seniors in the Bay Area.  There is strong scientific research providing evidence that regular physical and mental exercise can sustain independent living and lower mortality rates in seniors.  Volunteering opportunities include photography, grant writing, blogging, managing social media, fundraising and software coding.  The CEO will be your mentor and there will be opportunities to learn about what is involved with running a small company.  We are looking for someone who is self-motivated, reliable, organized; has good time management and people skills; and who wants to help the community. 

CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point (San Mateo)

This museum has animal exhibits (mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates), science exhibits and a 1.3 acre native plant garden. There are volunteer opportunities in many areas of the Museum, including: wildlife habitat docents, instructional assistants, aviary aides, interpretative guides, wildlife show assistants, and program/event assistants. Volunteers receive many special privileges including educational opportunities, social events with other volunteers, a quarterly newsletter specifically for volunteers and discounted membership.

Filoli Center (Woodside)

Filoli is an historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The house is an interpretive museum exhibit and the gardens contain a huge and diverse collection of plants. Volunteer opportunities include becoming a House or Garden docent, assisting the horticultural staff with maintaining the Garden, helping with the art exhibits and classes, event planning or many other opportunities.

Peninsula Symphony (San Mateo)

Please contact for opportunties to help with the symphony.

Pennisula Symphony (San Mateo)

Please contact for opportunties to help with the symphoney.

San Carlos Community Gardens (San Carlos)

They grow vegetables and herbs in five raised beds and have a small compost bin. Volunteers water, compost, plant and harvest.  The food is used for the senior center lunch program. Volunteers can also join the Garden Committee. They have monthly educational garden talks.

San Mateo County History Museum (San Mateo)

Housed in the old San Mateo County Courthouse, the History Museum hosts exhibits detailing the history and development of San Mateo county. Volunteering opportunities include: (1) gallery monitors who help visitors enjoy the exhibits by highlighting artifacts and activities; (2) museum docents for leading the tours of the exhibits and related hands-on activities ;(3) Sanchez adobe docents; (4) Assist with childrens’ crafts; (5) Build display cases or paint walls for a new exhibit. There are other opportunities available.

Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition (Peninsula Region)

This organization encourages bicycle and motorist awareness and teachs bicyclists safe traffic riding skills. They advocate for more bicycle friendly roads and connecting the trails across the region. They also take old bicycles and rebuild them to make them safe enough to give to those who cannot afford them. There are many volunteer opportunites in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties such as helping to rebuild old bikes, providing information about biking routes, reporters and photographers to contribute to their newsletter, support outreach programs and others.

Woodside Store (Woodside)

The Woodside Store is operated for the Department of Parks by the San Mateo County Historical Association. It is an historical site specifically, State Registered Landmark No. 93 and National Register Landmark.  Built in 1854, it is a fully restored wooden structure once as a general store, post office, and dental office during the prime of logging industry in Woodside. It is now a museum that displays 1800 period goods that a wagon maker, lumberman, or blacksmith would purchase and other artifacts.  Volunteer to be a docent working at the Store or giving students tour, make special presentations and exhibits.