Friends of Santee's River Park
The Friends of Santee's River Park is a community group compromised of individuals united in their goal of preserving and enhancing the San Diego River and surrounding park areas within the City of Santee. The Friends of Santee's River Park encourage Santee residents to take ownership in their stretch of the San Diego River in an effort to maintain the fragile ecosystem and maintain the greenbelt and beautiful parks that surround it. The Friends were founded under the umbrella of the San Diego River Park Foundation, which is actively involved in supporting and developing this group and coordinating activities. We are pleased to have a new Chapter of the River Park Foundation!
Make a Difference!
There are many ways to join with the Friends of Santee's River Park and really make a difference:
The Friends regularly join up with the San Diego River Park Foundation's Clean and Green Team for community cleanups along the River. Cleanups take place throughout the year including San Diego River Days, Santree Day and National Public Lands Day.
Outreach and Education
The Friends play an important role in the San Diego River Park Foundation's River Ambassadors program. River Ambassadors help to spread the word about the San Diego River, educating people all about our wonderful River and Parks have to offer and what citizens can do to make a difference!
The Friends are invited to join with the San Diego River Park Foundation's RiverWatch Team as they keep tabs on the water quality of the San Diego River as it runs through Santee. The team meets once a month and records water quality data in addition to identifying areas of trash and encampments that need to be cleared away.
The Friends host quarterly guided walks of the San Diego River. Walk activities include bird watching, butterfly hunting and the identification of both native and invasive plants. If you would like to join or lead a walk, please email Richard
Edgemoor Native Plant Garden
The Friends of Santee's River Park have partnered with the Santee Historical Society and have created a native plant garden at the Historic Edgemoor Polo Barn. If you like gardening and native flora and have a few hours to help each month please join us on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9am-11am. All tools provided. Contact us at 619.297.7380 or
Most importantly the Friends of Santee's River Park come together to celebrate the beautiful River. Join us throughout the year as we make the most of this wonderful natural resource!
For upcoming events in Santee check out our volunteer event calendar
Join the Friends of Santee for a river clean up event at Mast Park. Tools, bags and gloves are provided. Help us to keep our Santee stretch of the San Diego River clean and green! For more info call Richard at 619-297-7380 or email him.
A nature walk will also be scheduled soon. Stay tuned for more details.
May - We will be hosting River Days events. Contact Richard to learn how you can get involved.
Become a Member
Click here for online membership information of the River Park Foundation and indicate Friends of Santee's River Park.
Become a Volunteer
Call 619 297 7380 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for information about our different volunteer opportunities in Santee and elsewhere. If you frequently walk or ride along the River, you can also become a river reporter. Contact us with bird sittings, river news or reports. We want to hear from you!
Thank you to the Founding Friends of Santee's River Park