AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION / 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 10:30am and Thursdays at 3:30pm. Other times and arrangements can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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.
Academy for Environmental Stewardship (AES)
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
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.
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 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. 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 email@example.com
Field of Screams (October Friday and Saturday Nights Only)
Field of Screams is a fundraiser for the Agua Hedionda Lagoon located at the pumpkin patch on Cannon Road (1050 Cannon Road). This is put on by the AHLF and The Carlsbad Strawberry Company. It is a haunted maze that we put together, and have volunteers “scare” visitors, who apy to attend. The haunted maze runs every Friday and Saturday Night in October from 7pm – 10:30pm. Volunteers are needed from 6pm – 11pm. Volunteers must be able to stay the entire shift - the maze is "unsupervised" and students/adults must be responsible to stay in position. There will be a floater to relieve for bathroom/water break. Snacks provided as well. 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!
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 event: 2020 Trail Events.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to participate in a monthly trail event.
If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our volunteer application
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