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Become a Volunteer

Support Your San Diego River and the River Park!


Volunteer & Event Calendar

Volunteering for an event is as simple as:

  1. Heading to our events site.

  2. Finding a volunteer opportunity that interests you.

  3. Clicking "Sign Up"!

We also have ongoing opportunities.

Check the list below or contact us to discuss current needs or how you would like to make an impact. Thanks for thinking of us!
Get Involved

"I can't believe how absolutely amazing the event was and that we've never attended before! We so appreciate the chance to have volunteered and the kiddos were so grateful to be invited.”
Kelsey S.


Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities



  • Weekly River Clean-Ups: If you're looking for camaraderie and hard work, join the fun team of River Rescuers with activities Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

  • Weekly River Assessment Field Team (RAFT): The Assessment Team completes weekly field surveys of different sections of the San Diego River.  Along with a staff person or experienced guide, volunteers scout for trash and other issues, mark the locations on maps for future actions.

  • Monthly water quality monitoring team: Join the team that collects important water quality data about the health of the River. Learn about our RiverWatch team.

  • Video production: Work with our engagement team to create short videos for social media, or longer videos for fundraising and outreach.

  • Habitat restoration: Work with staff and and a dedicated group of volunteers in planting or other restoration activities on weekdays and weekends.

  • Trail Team – If you enjoy working on trails at one of our preserves, then consider joining the Trail Team. The current focus is enhancing trails at Eagle Peak Ranch and the South Rim area. We provide the tools and supplies.

  • Remote Wildlife Camera Team - this crew cares for our remote wildlife camera network. This requires some hiking (generally off-trail). You will help download images, change batteries, care for solar panels and equipment and help move cameras as needed. This work is critical to our research on wildlife movement.

  • Event Planning - We are forming a committee to help design and organize our big annual events - River Days and the Anniversary Party. If you love hosting parties, have event planning experience, or just want to have fun, let us know!

  • Admin Team - We have a range of opportunities from being in the office a couple hours a week partnering with the admin. staff or being on call for special projects.


  • Do you have another special skill or passion for the River?

    Call us at (619) 297-7380 or send us an email! We'd love to work with you.


Please note:

As our organization monitors and adapts to the changing landscape of volunteers gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our volunteers is of critical importance. 


If you have questions please call our office at 619-297-7380 or an email at  






This year, River Park Foundation volunteers are making a difference for the River!




pounds of trash removed




hours of service coordinated




volunteer events hosted


Updated on 6/28/2022







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