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Shinohara weeding day 2012

Do you live in San Diego? Love butterflies and birds? Wildflowers in the spring? Cool riverine corridors? The wonderful expanse of Coastal Sage and Chaparral? Then, volunteer at the San Diego NWR.

Volunteers can get involved in a few ways with the beautiful San Diego NWR. Whether you like to get down in the dirt removing invasive weeds, or hike the trails to capture professional-looking photographs of our unique wildlife, we could use your expertise!  Most of the events are coordinated with our partners such as the Earth Discovery Institute and California Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Some of the activities the refuge needs help with are:

  • Special Events
    • Annual events such as Earth Day, International Migratory Bird Day, or National Wildlife Refuge Week
  • Habitat Restoration
    • Weed-pulling
    • Planting of native trees and plants
    • Trash removal
  • Maintenance/Trail Work
    • Fence installation and maintenance
    • Brush-trimming 
    • Monday Morning Volunteers native plant maintenance in partnership with the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (please contact Cathy Chadwick to sign up at
  • Education/Interpretation
    • Special guest speakers needed to feature on interpretive hikes during the monthly "Hike with a Ranger" series (please contact Ranger Lisa at to inquire)
    • Environmental Education to school children and during field trips
  • Photography of threatened and endangered species needed
  • Carpentry


All activities must be coordinated with outreach staff and approved by the Refuge Manager.  To see when events are happening that you can help out with, please check our homepage often!


To inquire about something specific, please contact the Refuge Manager at (619) 468-9245 during business hours: 8am - 5pm Monday through Friday.

Last Updated: May 07, 2013
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