The things we do (and you can, too!) to keep Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, and the world, a little greener!
Each year we work alongside Clean Vibes & the SF Dept. of the Environment to achieve the highest possible diversion rates.
Please welcome our 2016 Non-Profit Partners!
Eco Lands is the mecca of social consciousness and community within Outside Lands. Eco Lands' physical location is in the wooded nook of Hellman Hollow next to the Panhandle Stage, but its message radiates throughout the entire festival. Eco Lands continues to provide an educational forum for sustainability showcasing local community organizations, national NGO's, a farmer's market and a reﬁllable water station.
Outside Lands Works supports local non-proﬁt organizations in the areas of music & arts education with a mission of building a healthier San Francisco Bay Area.
We are taking a major step forward this year with our refillable water program! Water stations can be found in Polo Field and Eco Lands and will provide free freshly filtered water to everyone in an effort to reduce disposable bottle waste and promote sustainability! We will still have Outside Lands refillable water bottles for sale at each location, but you can also bring your own empty bottles and hydration packs from home to receive free water refills. If you have purchased them in the past from Outside Lands, we encourage you to use the previous years' bottles to show them off. The refillable water stations are located in the Polo Field and Eco Lands.
Full Belly Farm will be selling seasonal melon slices, peaches, tomatoes, corn, green beans and bell peppers at Farm Lands’ Market. Full Belly Farm is a 300-acre certified organic farm located in the beautiful Capay Valley of Northern California, an hour northwest of Sacramento. Full Belly has been farmed using organic practices since 1985 and is certified by California Certified Organic Farmers. The farm produces an amazing diversity of vegetables, herbs, nuts, flowers, and fruits year-round and also has a flock of chickens, a herd of sheep, a tribe of goats, and several cows.
Garden For the Environment will be offering worm composting workshops twice daily at their booth in Eco Lands. Jump-start your garden with some homemade compost! Aside from giving veggies and flowers a healthy start, composting encourages beneficial organisms in the soil and can help break the life cycle of pests and disease as well as keep valuable waste out of the landfill. Join Garden For the Environment for this mini-workshop where you will learn the easy steps involved in setting up and maintaining your own worm composting system at home. Rot On!
Mission: Billions in Change is a movement to save the world by creating and implementing solutions to the most basic global problems – water, energy and health. Doing so will raise billions of people out of poverty and improve the lives of everyone – rich and poor.
Outside Lands Activities: The Billions in Change booth will consist of The Free Electric Bicycle that gives people the power to generate electricity themselves – pollution free. Here’s how it works: A person pedals a hybrid bicycle. The bicycle wheel drives a flywheel, which turns a generator, which charges a battery. Pedaling for one hour yields electricity for 24 hours with no utility bill, and no exhaust, no waste. We will also be educating consumers about the movement and the innovations our founder is currently working on.
Mission: Connecting people and plants in a place of exceptional beauty.
Outside Lands Activities: We will have carnivorous plants and other tropical plants as well as knowledgeable staff to talk about the plants and the Conservatory. For guest interaction we have a cornhole game that will be plant themed. Prizes will be given out and vouchers to visit the COF as well.
Mission: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have rendered over a century of public service in the arts, and it is our mission to extend and enhance that service well into this century. More specifically, our mission encompasses the following goals:
1. To present a range of exhibitions of highest quality which serve, are accessible to, and will draw broad audiences
2. To provide extensive and innovative art education programs for people of all ages and interests
3. To actively involve a diverse public in all of the museums' activities
4. To conserve the objects in our care
5. To collect new objects relevant to the collections through purchase and gift while affording a hospitable place for collectors in the community to donate art to the public with complete confidence
6. To research and publicize the collections through scholarly publishing
7. To maintain two museums outfitted to deliver exceptional visitor safety, comfort, and access as well as the environmental conditions necessary to preserve and protect art
8. To operate within our goals with state-of-the-art efficiency
9. To contribute to the economy and culture of San Francisco
In summary, the Fine Arts Museums continue to serve as one of the premier public institutions in the western United States, existing to provide its community and region with high quality exhibitions, programs, education and outreach, and to care for San Francisco's esteemed art collection.
Outside Lands Activities: This year the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is showcasing both current special exhibitions on view, Wild West: Plains to the Pacific at the Legion of Honor and Ed Ruscha and the Great American West at the de Young. Feeling lucky? Visit our booth to spin our giant prize wheel for festival-friendly goods, and find out how you can enter to win an Ed Ruscha–themed grand prize package.
Mission: Friends of the Urban Forest’s mission is to promote a larger, healthier urban forest as part of San Francisco’s green infrastructure through community planting, tree care, education, and advocacy.
Outside Lands Activities: We will have a spin-wheel with pictures of trees on it, which correspond to different trivia questions. People can win prizes for correct answers or engaging in further discussion about trees. We will also have stickers & buttons to give away, bring potted trees to showcase, and have a craft booth using tree clippings to make custom natural accessories.
Mission: Want to learn how to garden? Garden for the Environment offers hands-on workshops for gardeners of all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. At our half-acre garden located at 7th Ave and Lawton Street you will learn how to start seeds, care for fruit trees, grow your own salads, keep chickens and install water-wise landscapes. Open to the public since 1990, visit WWW.GARDENFORTHEENVIRONMENT.ORG to enroll in a workshop today!
Outside Lands Activities: Learn how to worm compost with us! We will be offering a booth dedicated to the wonders of composting. Visit our booth and meet, feed and touch our worms. Worm composting is a great way to compost in small space, like an apartment. Rot on!
Mission: HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.
Our message is not about what party you support or where you land on an issue. It’s that you must speak to be heard.
Outside Lands Activities: HeadCount will provide an interactive booth where Outside Lands attendees can register to vote, sign up to volunteer, learn about what's on their ballot or participate in a GoVote photo contest where they can be entered to win tickets to win other awesome prizes.
Mission: The League of Creative Interventionists uses public art to reimagine the social and physical landscape of our cities. We believe that our cities are more vibrant and resilient when our public spaces foster conversation and play. We create participatory public installations that engage communities and prompt curiosity, creativity, and connection.
Outside Lands Activities: The League will set up a participatory installation at their booth inviting participants to share introspections and connect with strangers in unique and fun ways.
Mission: Since 2008 we have been hosting marrow donor drives at concerts and festivals across the globe via our Get on the List campaign. This program encourages people to sign up for the International Bone Marrow Registry via a simple cheek swab, taking our concept of, “saving lives, one concert at a time,” to a whole new level.
Outside Lands Activities: We will be registering individuals for the international bone marrow donor list - via a quick, 20 second cheek swab and corresponding consent form - in an attempt to find potentially life-saving marrow donor matches for cancer patients in need of transplants.
Mission: The North Bay Flower Collective is an alliance of flower growers and floral designers in the North San Francisco Bay Area with a fierce dedication to the slow flowers movement. We are champions of locally grown flowers and sustainable design, lovers of the natural world, community, and generosity. As flower farmers and floral designers, we share resources, support, and educational opportunities while implementing environmentally and socially responsible practices to build a thriving floral economy. Our mission is to work together to build a strong and beautiful alliance where locally grown flowers are celebrated and each member can grow and thrive.
Outside Lands Activities: We are going to provide a "floral backdrop" for photo opportunities with mounted flowers (refreshed daily) as the main component of our booth. This will be a phenomenal way for festival attendees to interact with local flowers in an entertaining, spur of the moment fashion and plug the reusing photos into various social media platforms.
Mission: NOW! is a challenge: to co-create the best possible version of our community for one extraordinary week.
Outside Lands Activities: The NOW! Festival will be back with more free flowers, arts and crafts, games and puzzles, and interactive experiences designed to showcase the joy of the NOW festival - Free flower crowns, rave stick arts and crafts, giant crosswords, parachute games, giant bubbles, chalkboard medal making station plus a Pokemon Go competition.
Mission: Oxfam America is a global organization working to right the wrongs of poverty, hunger, and injustice. As one of 18 members of the international Oxfam confederation, we work with people in more than 90 countries to create lasting solutions. Oxfam saves lives, develops long-term solutions to poverty, and campaigns for social change.
Outside Lands Activities: We’ll be returning with our “tattoo parlor” featuring a variety of colorful temporary tattoos to choose from, and we’ll have an action for music fans to take against inequality.
Mission: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.
Outside Lands Activities:
Come visit the SF Rec & Park tent and tell us why you love SF Parks! We will be offering a wall of love for you to tell us why you love SF Parks. In addition, test your SF Parks knowledge in our trivia game and help us keep the park clean and great.
SF Rec & Park looks forward to promoting SF parks and recreational activities through fun and engaging activities that include:
1. Parks “Wall of Love”-Visitors will write why they love SF parks and will add their love notes to the installation.
2. Parks Trivia- Visitors will have the chance to spin the wheel and test their knowledge about SF parks and the environment.
3. Micro litter stewards- After performances at Eco-Lands, volunteers equipped with pickers will help to pick up litter around the stage.
In addition, SF Rec & Park will be giving away SFRPD swag such as Frisbees, park maps, sunglasses and magnets.
Mission: Sunday Streets creates 8 events annually that transform car-congested San Francisco streets into vibrant community spaces for all to enjoy. Bringing together neighborhood groups, local merchants, and nonprofits, Sunday Streets helps tens of thousands of San Francisco residents reimagine their streets as public spaces during a 5-hour car-free extravaganza. Sunday Streets encourages residents and visitors to go outside and get physical while celebrating their local communities.
Outside Lands Activities: Come visit Sunday Streets SF booth and play Giant Jenga with your friends! Learn about our San Francisco open streets program and the growing worldwide movement. We’ll also have some arts and crafts for you to create your own totem pole, plus a framed portrait prop to shoot fun photos and share on social media #OSLSundayStreets.
Mission: The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world's ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Our vision is to protect 100% of the U.S. coastline over the next five years – every beach and every wave.
Outside Lands Activities: Surfrider would love to have attendees pop by and create a "1 minute wave" art piece. Take it home or attach it to our booth for all the festival to see. We will also have a reclaimed framed Selfie station to promote the use of found items for art and the protection of our Oceans, Waves & Beaches! #surfriderart #OutsidelandsSurfrider
Mission: Urban Sprouts plants the seeds of social equity to build healthy and thriving neighborhoods through community and garden-based education.
Outside Lands Activities: Join us for our famous veggie photo, garden trivia, and food justice hall of fame.
Mission: The Western Neighborhoods Project is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 to preserve and share the history and culture of the neighborhoods in western San Francisco. Our mission is to record personal memories, copy photographs, and help unearth the story of local businesses, schools, clubs or places of worship. We research the history of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco in the interest of preservation and community education; promote and make accessible to the public the rich and diverse stories of the western neighborhoods of San Francisco; solicit oral histories, photos, and historical items pertaining to the western neighborhoods of San Francisco for cataloguing and preservation in appropriate institutions, such as the San Francisco History Center at the San Francisco Main Library; and build awareness of the cultural diversity that created the western neighborhoods of San Francisco.
Outside Lands Activities: The Western Neighborhoods Project booth will feature photo albums and displays about the western neighborhoods of San Francisco and this year we will feature information about the 150th anniversary of the Outside Lands Act of 1866. The booth will be staffed by board and organization members knowledgeable about our organization’s mission and activities and ready to discuss the rich history of the western neighborhoods with festival attendees. We will also be prepared to take some oral histories from festival attendees with stories to tell about the western neighborhoods.
Mission: The San Francisco Yellow Bike Project is a grassroots, pop-up, do-it-yourself, community-building, bicycle workshop that brings dead bikes and cast off parts back to life and puts more city dwellers on two wheels. We teach people how to afford and maintain their bikes. Based in the Tenderloin with a mobile bike shop that travels all over the city, we are promote bicycle independence and a healthy revolution for San Francisco.
Outside Lands Activities: SFYBP will be taking this opportunity to educate festival goers on appropriate and legal interactions on the streets between motor vehicles and bicycles in a game show format. We will highlight scenarios and pit pairs of festival goers against each other in a friendly competition of knowledge of the California Vehicle Code and basic street biking practices. We will also have some basic parts, tools and bikes for SFYBP mechanics to wrench on while at the booth which will serve as illustrative tools when engaging with guests that want to learn about a bike system or component.