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
    • Annual events such as Earth Day or National Wildlife Refuge Week
    • Outreach days to educate hikers, bikers, and equestrians on the trails
  • Habitat Restoration
    • Weed-pulling
    • Planting of native trees and plants
    • Trash removal
  • Maintenance/Trail Work
    • Monday Morning Volunteers native plant maintenance in partnership with the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve (please contact info@earthdiscovery.org)
    • Photography of threatened and endangered species 
    • Carpentry 

    All activities must be coordinated with staff and approved by the Refuge Manager. To see when events are happening that you can help out with, 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 the Refuge Manager at (619) 468-9245 during business hours: 8am - 5pm Monday through Friday.