Opportunity Details

Environment, Sports & Recreation
Visitors & Travelers

Age Minimum (with Adult): 5+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

ECO: Invasive Management, Plant Assessment, and Conservation Team (IMPACT)

Looking for a unique volunteer opportunity? You can help improve habitat for wildlife at Mission Valley Preserve, a 52-acre wildlife preserve right in San Diego! Volunteers will help to remove non-native plant species, creating a healthy environment for the plants and animals that call our river home.

This is the perfect opportunity to learn more about river ecology and witness a physical transformation of the landscape, which translates into improving our environment and the health of our River! Volunteer tasks include chopping, hauling, digging, trimming, and more. They are especially seeking volunteers with QAC/QAL herbicide application certification. All tools and supplies are provided.


  • Attire: Volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes (No sandals, Tom's or other flats. You must wear sturdy tennis or hiking shoes.) and long pants. Dress in clothes that can get dirty. Wearing long sleeves and a hat is highly recommended. 

  • Bring: Sun protection and water to drink. They will not have water on site.

  • Location: Exact meeting location at the Mission Valley Preserve (North or South side of the River) will change depending on the needs that week. Exact address and location information are sent out within 1 business day of your sign-up. If you don't receive the location email, check your spam folder then contact the Opportunity Leader.

  • Waiver: 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: Adult Waiver or Under 18 Waiver

  • Physical​ Ability: Volunteers should be comfortable with hiking short distances, including navigating through dense vegetation and ducking under it. No experience necessary and all supplies will be provided.

  • Weather: Light rain will not cancel the project. In the event of cancellation, volunteers will be notified via email.  ​

  • ​Note: There is no restroom or water fountain on site, please plan accordingly. ​


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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