Volunteers are the backbone of our many programs, enabling us to bring sustainable living practices to thousands of San Diegans each year. From waste audits to classroom presentations, we need your help to keep making an impact on the community and on the planet!
We have many ways for people to get involved in our sustainability programs. Whether you like working with children, or working with bugs, whether you like teaching others about composting or diving headfirst into the compost pile yourself, there is something for everyone. Our programs go all over the County to schools and community centers, to fairs and concerts, or they happen right here in our back yard. They are open to people of all experience levels (unless otherwise specified).
With the enthusiasm and energy of our volunteers, our programs reached 25,000 people and diverted 280 tons of organic material from our landfills in the last year. Read below for more details about each type of volunteer opportunity. We hope you can join our team in making the community a greener place!
Solana Center’s Eco Team docents are specially trained volunteers who help Solana Center facilitate programs centered on community education and act as a source of knowledge and guidance for our visitors. Docents lead tours of our grounds and demonstration site in Encinitas, give guidance to our store visitors, host educational booths around San Diego County, and act as a sustainability steward in the community and spokesperson for the SCEI mission. Click below to learn more.
Group Volunteer Events
What Solana Center Volunteers Do
Support the next generation of eco-stewards! Assist a Solana Center educator at one of these school events, where students get hands-on experiences with composting, recycling, and other environmental subjects. Help build compost bins for their school, teach them to sort their lunch waste properly, or dive hands in with the worms.
Community Outreach Booths
Help Solana Center educate people about key environmental topics such as composting, vermicomposting, recycling, and watershed stewardship at major community or private events across the County. Our booths attract many visitors with our intriguing signs and interactive displays.
Help our community learn about improving the quality of our soil, reducing waste and air pollution and saving energy, money, and water through composting! Assist one of our educators during a 2-hour presentation and, at the same time, learn the basics of backyard composting, Bokashi, or vermicomposting (composting with worms).
Volunteer at the Center
Support Solana Center programs from our home base! We have several monthly volunteer opportunities at our Center in Encinitas that support our Food Cycle Program, Worm demonstration area, and more.
And so much more!
Our opportunities are changing and growing every day. Volunteers go with us all over San Diego County and delve into abroad scope of topics,including waste reuse and reduction, gardening, recycling, composting, water protection and conservation, and prevention. You can find out about new opportunities in our Volunteer Newsletter which you will start receiving monthly once you submit your form to become a Solana Center volunteer.
Click the button below to fill out our New Volunteers form. Then go to our volunteer opportunities page to find an event that interests you and get started!