Volunteer Events

Looking to volunteer with Solana Center? Find an event on the list below and join us or click here to learn about private/group volunteer events

Upcoming events

June E-Waste Recycling and Store Assistant, Thursdays and Saturdays

Jun 01, 2024—Jun 30, 2024

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024

June Worm Wranglin’

Jun 18, 2024 10:00AM—12:00PM

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino real Encinitas, CA 92024

June Build and Beautify

Jun 20, 2024 12:00PM—3:00PM

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024

Build and Beautify – Event Prep

Jun 22, 2024 9:00AM—11:00AM

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024

Outreach Support: Tabling at Linda Vista Farmers Market – San Diego (Two Shift Times Available)

Jun 27, 2024 1:00PM—8:00PM

Linda Vista Farmers Market 6939 Linda Vista Rd San Diego, CA 92111 San Diego, CA 92111

July E-Waste Recycling and Store Assistant, Thursdays and Saturdays

Jul 01, 2024—Jul 31, 2024

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024

Outreach Support: Tabling at Northgate Market – San Diego (Central Area)

Jul 11, 2024 9:00AM—3:00PM

Northgate Market 5403 University Ave San Diego, CA 92105

Workshop Support: Food Waste Prevention – Kearny Mesa (EVENT FULL)

Jul 13, 2024 9:30AM—1:00PM

Serra Mesa-Kearny Mesa Branch Library 9005 Aero Dr San Diego, CA 92123

Outreach Support: Tabling at North Park Vegan Food Popup – San Diego

Jul 13, 2024 11:00AM—5:00PM

North Park Mini Park 3812 29th St San Diego, CA 92104

July Build and Beautify

Jul 25, 2024 9:00AM—12:00PM

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino Real Encinitas, CA 92024

July Worm Wranglin’

Jul 27, 2024 9:30AM—11:30AM

Solana Center for Environmental Innovation 137 N El Camino real Encinitas, CA 92024

What volunteers can do

Mission - Get involved

Volunteer at the Center

Support Solana Center programs from our home base! We have several monthly volunteer opportunities that support our Encinitas-based Climate Solutions Resource Center including taking care of composting worms, e-waste recycling program support, and more.

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School Programs

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.

Booth Outreach

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.


Compost Workshops

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).

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Our volunteer programs are a great opportunity for groups to give back to the community and learn about local sustainability. Engage your team in a meaningful volunteer experience that makes an impact on the San Diego community and environment and gives them hands-on learning opportunity in topics like compost, zero waste, watershed protection, and sustainable gardening. 

Does my group qualify for this program?

This program is for any company or group that meets the activity requirements and is able to pay an associated fee. If you are a single or couple individual employees looking to make a difference, check out our regular volunteer opportunities from the list above (please keep in mind many of them are limited to one or two volunteers).

Why do we have a fee for group volunteer events?

Volunteers can do so much good. Even with the donation of labor, having a volunteer program is still costly. When you corporate volunteer you double your impact by giving the gift of your time and also by alleviating the cost that goes into coordinating volunteers so you are purely benefitting the organization!

Worm Wranglin'
Harvest Volunteer
Worm Wranglin' - Help us Care for our Composting Worms!

Our resident worms help us teach San Diegans about the value of vermicomposting (composting with worms). Our worm bins act as a demonstration site, a nursery for providing worms to community members who compost at home, and a source of nutrient-rich castings for use in gardens. Help care for these amazing compost critters and promote sustainability in our community!

Volunteers will separate worms from their castings, sift castings, feed worms and make "worm burritos", build new worm beds, and move breeder worms to new homes. In other words, all things worm care! Must be able to handle live worms!

Build and Beautify - Help us Maintain our Center!
Build and Beautify is a day for volunteers to get involved with the development of our home base and support Solana Center programs from the ground up! 

In joining us for this activity, you will help beautify our grounds, creating a space for engaging our community in our sustainable offerings. Activities vary based on needs and may include some of the following:

  • Painting 
  • Gardening and pruning
  • Staging rain barrels
  • Maintaining and building demonstration sites that help teach topics in sustainability
  • Chipping and moving mulch
  • Beautifying our grounds
  • Preparing and implementing site improvements and new programs

Volunteers are the backbone of our many programs, enabling us to bring sustainable living practices to thousands of San Diegans each year.

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 backyard. They are open to people of all experience levels (unless otherwise specified).

We hope you can join our team in making the community a greener place! Find out about new opportunities in our Volunteer Newsletter.

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