Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008

(760) 804-1969 |

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 33-0411888.

© 2019 by the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. All rights reserved.

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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. 

Discovery Center Docents

Anytime during regular Hours of Operation


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.

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.

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 once or twice 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.

Volunteer on the Trails with the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

Come out and volunteer with the AHLF to keep the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Watershed you know and love healthy and accessible. Trail and habitat volunteers remove invasive plants, plant native species, remove litter, improve trails, and help with other works as needed.

Enjoy the beautiful surrounding while helping to improve native habitats and trails. Each event is led by experienced staff and volunteers, who oversee activities and lead participants. This work is dirty so come with appropriate clothes, closed-toe footwear, and sun protection. All the tools are provided, and garden experience is not necessary.

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 Lauren to participate in a monthly trail event.

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