AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION / VOLUNTEER

VOLUNTEER

The AHLF has a variety of volunteer opportunities available for those who would like to donate a few hours of their time, whether it be weekly, monthly or a specific amount of hours. We offer opportunities from ages 16 - 100 of all walks of life. From administrative, to education, to events, to trails and outdoor projects, we are very flexible with schedules and needs. We do provide opportunities for court required hours, service learning, and adult learners. All volunteers must complete an application and an orientation prior to volunteering, unless it is specifically event related. We hold volunteer orientations on Tuesday’s at 1:00pm and Saturdays at 1:00pm. Other times and arrangements can be made by emailing volunteer@aguahedionda.org. Once you submit the application below you will receive an email confirming the application was received and when the orientation times are being held this week. Please do not just show up to an orientation time without confirming via email.

Due to the increased volume in volunteer applications, it might take up to one week to receive a response once your application is submitted. 

Discovery Center Docents

Greet visitors during public open hours and answer basic questions about the Lagoon Foundation and the Center's programs and exhibits. This is a great way to get to know the inner workings of the Discovery Center and provide valuable assistance to the Center's team. Training is provided.

Anytime during regular hours of operation:

Monday -Saturday 9am-4pm

Sunday 12-4pm

Native Plant Garden

The Discovery Center has one of the largest, most extensive California Native Plant gardens in North County and requires continuous maintenance. If you love working outdoors in a beautiful setting, you will enjoy volunteering in our garden. Working in the garden is a wonderful way to learn more about native plants and the wildlife that live there.

Education

If you enjoy working with kids, join our team of volunteers who regularly assist during school field trips held at the Discovery Center. Volunteers assist the teachers and help coordinate logistics during school visits.

Current offerings include our Preschool Playdates Program from 9am - 1pm Monday through Friday. After School Enrichment Program from 2:30pm - 5:30pm Tuesday - Friday. And Kids Klub on Tuesdays once a month from 2:30 - 4 and Saturdays once a month from 9 to 10:15am. 

*Because there are no current school field trips scheduled, this is not currently being offered. 

Seasonal Festivals and Special Events

The Discovery Center hosts special events and seasonal Festivals throughout the year. These are generally one day events or workshops that attract hundreds of visitors. A variety of volunteers opportunities exist with these events.

Trail Maintenance

The AHLF provides maintenance for various trails and public access points surrounding the lagoon including the Hubbs, Kelly, Cove Drive, Bayshore Drive, and Discovery Center Trails. Organized maintenance events occur typically once a month which may include installation of signs, invasive species removal, native planting, and erosion control. Independent volunteers are also needed to walk the trail, pick up trash, report illegal fires and graffiti, and do minor trail maintenance. Requires some hard physical labor.

Algerian Sea Lavender Removal

In conjunction with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish & Wildlife and the Nature Collective, the AHLF is attempting to eradicate Algerian Sea Lavender (an invasive species) in the lagoon watershed. This project is 100% funded by the US Fish & Wildlife Service and corresponds and collaborates with the Coastal Program Coordinater of Southern California. Volunteering for this effort requires physical labor and ability to walk through the mud flats. We need volunteers to hand-pull plants on a weekly basis and assist in tarping large areas, as well as monitor the results when the tarps are pulled. This process is known as solarization. To specifically volunteer for this project please email: volunteer@aguahedionda.org

 

Monthly Restoration Events

Join our group one Saturday each month and restore native habitat and maintain trails with fellow community members. Sign up today to participate in the next monthly restoration events:

Saturday, May 21st from 9am-noon: Cove Dr. Trail 

Saturday, July 23rd from 9am-noon: Discovery Center Trail 

Saturday, September 17th from 9am-noon: Cove Dr. Trail

Email volunteer@aguahedionda.org to participate in a monthly trail event.

Haunted Corn Maze

We team up with the Carlsbad Strawberry Company to create the perfect thrilling experience for the community, manned by volunteers! This is a fundraiser for the Foundation. Volunteers are needed from 6pm – 10:30pm in the month of October (Friday and Saturdays only). Volunteers must be able to stay the entire shift - the maze is "unsupervised" and students/adults must be responsible to stay in position. Age 16 and above recommended, unless being supervised paired with an adult (then can be younger). There will be a floater to relieve for bathroom/water break. Snacks provided as well at the end. Closed toed shoes/comfortable wear recommended. (if you have a scary Halloween costume, you are welcome to wear your own, but they are provided). It is a really fun time with a friend or group of friends. We need a lot of volunteers to fill the shifts, feel free to spread the word!

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer application below.

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Business/Group Volunteer Opportunities

  1. Lagoona Kahuna Team Challenge – (2022 Date) Friday May 6th . Compete against other likeminded companies, to be crowned the Big Kahuna. Your day includes pizza and beer, a lagoon clean-up, and team building activities. Companies involved include Republic Services, Grand Pacific Resorts, Poseidon Water, Clevermade to name a few. 

    1. Large Businesses Compete 9am – Noon - $1500 for a team of 10 including other benefits below 

  2. Two tickets to Discovery Gala ~ August 27th for your company 

  3. Year Long Sponsorship recognition (at events and AHLF Media) 

  4. Two Quarterly Advertisements in our Newsletters 

    1. Small Business: $500 for a team of 5, (does not include above bulleted mentioned benefits).

    2. $20 extra per participant (up to 9). 

  5. Volunteer Group Project #1: Trail/Exhibit Restoration - $1,500

    1. Flexible Dates Available 

    2. Typically a 3 – 4 hour time period. 

    3. We will purchase restorative materials such as DG, straw wattles, sand bags, and other like materials to fill in some ruts on the most loved areas our trails and educational nature nodes around the center. This could include onsite restoration at the Discovery Center or offsite at our many trails and public access easements. 

    4. We will provide all tools 

    5. Includes tour of Discovery Center and pizza and beer! 

  6. Volunteer Project #2: Native Garden Refurbishment - $1,000

    1. Flexible Dates Available 

    2. Typically a 3 – 4 hour time period. 

    3. We will purchase native plants and mulch and have your team plant and spread mulch following the plantings. This allows us to keep our replenish our gardens and keep this major attraction up to date.  

    4. We will provide all tools. 

    5. Includes tour of Discovery Center and light snacks. 

  7. Volunteer Project #3: Exhibit Refurbishment - $500

    1. Flexible Dates Available 

    2. Typically a 2 – 3 hour time period. 

    3. We have a decent amount of picnic tables, wood structures and exhibits that constantly need re-staining, lacquering and painting. We would identify these and have your team tackle. 

    4. We will provide all tools 

    5. Includes tour of Discovery Center and light snacks. 

  8. Volunteer Project #4: Garden/Trail Maintenance - $250

    1. Assist with weeding, removal of overgrowth and invasive species in the garden. 

    2. Typically a 2 – 3 hour time period. 

    3. We will provide all tools.  

    4. Includes tour of Discovery Center and light snacks. 

  9. We always have needs in terms of projects and refurbishment here at the Discovery Center and surrounding public access easements. We can curtail a specific project to your group, depending on what we have in the works. We can work with different budget sizes outside of these pre-defined ranges based on the project needs. We can provide t-shirts at an additional cost or work with you on catering options as well. 

 

We look forward to hosting your group!  

 

VOLUNTEER FORM

We appreciate and thank you for volunteering at the Discovery Center. Below is information that can better assist us planning events throughout the year.

Hours of Operation: Monday - Saturday 9am to 4pm Sunday 12pm to 4pm