Marin County Parks and Open Space Department

Come explore the Spirit Nest. Designed by world-renowned artist Jayson Fann, the nest will be constructed in Lagoon Park using small teams of volunteers during summer 2018. The Spirit Nest will then move to Stafford Lake Park through spring 2019.

Branch Harvest
Spirit Nest wood harvest

In early August 2018, the artist will carefully harvest eucalyptus branches as part of fire fuel management in Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow Preserve. No large trees will be removed. Only stump sprounts, lower limbs, and fallen material are used. After Spirit Nest materials are gathered, fire fuel removal continues in the preserve through the summer.

Spirit Nest Build
Spirit Nest build 

On August 7, the Spirit Nest build begins in Lagoon Park. The first step is sorting collected wood. Then small teams of select volunteers will assist the artist in assembling the nest. During the build, Park visitors can watch the organic structure taking shape. Please observe caution signs in the work area.

Spirit Nest Celebration
Spirit Nest celebration 

The grand opening of the Spirit Nest takes place in Lagoon Park on August 19, from 11am to 2pm. Join us for the festivities, and experience the Spirit Nest! All ages welcome–kids with an adult. Look for the Marin County Free Library Bookmobile, One Tam Roving Ranger, live music, and more.

Spirit Nest at Stafford Lake
Spirit Nest at Stafford Lake Park 

The Spirit Nest will be installed at Stafford Lake Park in late August, and remain through spring 2019. Plan a trip to Stafford Lake to explore the Spirit Nest whenever the park is open. Post your photos online: #SpiritNestMarin.

About the artist: Jayson Fann is an interdisciplinary artist and designer with a focus on large scale works that weave natural architecture, multi-cultural imagery, and inspirational messages. He focuses on creating interactive, large-scale Spirit Nests, built from natural materials in collaboration with local communities. His creative work has taken him to over 30 countries. His awards include a certificate of recognition from the California State Legislature for cross cultural bridge building through the arts. For more information about Jayson Fann’s work including educational and teaching opportunities, please visit his website at or email

Photo credits: © 2018 Jayson Fann