Acorn team 2016

Do you live in San Diego? Do you want to give back and help the wildlife that live in the foothills? Then come volunteer with us!

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.

Some of the activities the refuge needs help with are:

  • Special Events - education and outreach
  • Habitat Restoration
    • Weed-pulling
    • Planting of native trees and plants
    • Trash removal
  • Maintenance/Trail Work
    • Led by the Earth Discovery Institute, dedicated weekly volunteers come on Tuesday mornings to help with general maintenance and habitat restoration preparation at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (please contact info@earthdiscovery.org)
    • Help maintain trails such as the Mother Miguel Trail, led by our partners at the San Diego Mountain Biking Association and Bonita Bikers.
    • Photography of threatened and endangered species 
    • Carpentry 

    To see when events are happening, please check our homepage or Facebook page for events happening on all 4 of our National Wildlife Refuges. 

    To inquire about something specific, please contact a park ranger at (619) 476-9150 X 106

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    All volunteers must sign a Volunteer Services Agreement prior to participating on volunteer work on refuge lands. Here's a tutorial video on how to fill it out.