Opportunity Details

Environment, Sports & Recreation
Animals, Families, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay,Bisexual,Transgender), Low-income communities, Military/Veterans, Offenders/Ex-offenders, People with Disabilities, People with Health-based Concerns, Visitors & Travelers
Sports & Recreation,Building/Construction,Gardening/Planting

Age Minimum (with Adult): 5+, Minimum Age:16+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed, Orientation Required

Headwaters Habitat Restoration



Enjoy the great outdoors and help the River Park Foundation restore an oak woodland along a free-flowing mountain stream. 

Volunteers can help create habitat for wildlife and keep water clean by removing invasive plants, watering native plants, and more! This is a great opportunity to give back by getting your hands dirty, learning about local ecology and habitat restoration science, looking for wildlife, and spending time in nature.

The event takes place at Boulder Creek Preserve, a 13-acre preserve and the San Diego River Park Foundation education field station. Boulder Creek Preserve is located outside of Descanso, CA (about 45 minutes east of Downtown). 


Project Requirements & Important Notes

  • Attire: Please wear long pants, close-toed shoes (tennis shoes or hiking boots) and layers. 

  • Bring: Plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. 

  • Waivers: All volunteers must complete a waiver to participate in activities with the San Diego River Park Foundation. To save time at check-in, you may download and bring the completed waiver with you! They will have copies of the waiver as well as community service forms.

    • Waiver for adults over 18

    • Waiver for participants under 18 - must be signed by parent or legal guardian

  • Location: Google Maps & other online maps are notoriously unreliable for this location, please follow the instructions in "Location Details" when you receive the confirmation email instead. You'll need to arrive by 8:30am to carpool to the site (an additional 40 minute drive). 

  • Weather: The event will continue in the case of light rain. If severe weather is forecasted, we will make sure to email all participants that the event has been cancelled at least 24 hours prior to the event.


About The San Diego River Park Foundation

The San Diego River Park Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the San Diego River and creating a better quality of life for our community through the creation of a 52 mile river-long park system. Their programs, projects, and events are designed to connect people to our historic San Diego River and empower the community to steward and celebrate it. 

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