There's a new volunteer program for the refuge: the South Bay Volunteers! 

  • Learn about South Bay nature and history.
  • Lead nature walks and/or perform habitat maintenance. 
  • non-technical, hands-on classes and field work. 
  • free

In order to volunteer, you must attend at least 4 of the following offered trainings.

Fall 2018 volunteer training schedule:

September 29

October 6, 13, 20, 27

November 3, 10, 

All trainings start at 8:45 AM and go until about 11:30 AM on Saturdays. 

To sign up, you must contact Ranger Debbie at (619) 575-2704 X 331 or email at debbie_good@fws.gov 

Then register on our Facebook page, and encourage your friends to participate!



Session 1 - Sweetwater Marsh 

 9/29/18   9:00-11:30 AM


—National Wildlife Refuges: San Diego Refuges and their mission

—Recommended reading

—Volunteer Requirements (3 hrs/Month)

—NWR volunteer form

Refuge Ecosystem

South Bay Salt Works

Session 2 - Sweetwater Marsh

10/6/18   9:00-11:30 AM  

—Return volunteer forms

 -- Eddie Owens, Assistant Refuge Manager

—Living Coast Discovery Center Aviary

-- Ecology of Salt Ponds   


Session 3 – South Bay Salt Works 
1470 Bay Blvd, Chula Vista 

10/13/18   9:00-12:00 

Field work and Service

—Salt Works

Bird Identification

Session 4 – Sweetwater Marsh

10/20/18    9:00-12:00

- Plants: Dissection and Powerpoints

- Plant and flower morphology

- Salt Marsh plant adaptations

- Pollinator Garden plant observation/ID

Session 5 – 13th Street entrance 

 10/27/18   9:00-11:30 AM 

Field Work

- Plant ID and obs

- Intro to visitor walks, stewardship activities, and invasive species

- Model Walk 

Session 6 – Sweetwater Marsh  

11/3/18   9:00-11:30 AM 

—Brian Collins, Refuge Manager

—Invertebrates of Tijuana Slough and San Diego Bay Refuges

—Principles of Interpretation

Session 7  – 13th St. Entrance to Refuge  

11/10/18   9:00-11:30 AM 

- Presentations

- Evaluation

- Certificates of Completion


Habitat restoration, invasive plant removal, trash cleanups, and special events

December 15

January 5

February 2

March 2 

































Volunteering for the Living Coast Discovery Center is also another way to get involved with the San Diego Bay NWR.  Visit their website for more information: www.thelivingcoast.org/about-us/get-involved/volunteer