VOLUNTEER WITH SOLANA CENTER

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 at our Center in Encinitas that support our Food Cycle Program, Worm demonstration area, and more.

Kids garden

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.

Workshop

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).

Volunteer Events

Looking to volunteer with Solana Center? Find an event and join us!

Upcoming events

Workshop Support: Master Composter Week 3 – San Diego

Oct 01, 2022 8:30AM—1:30PM

Tecolote Canyon Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, 92110

Solana Center Store Volunteer, Saturday

Oct 01, 2022 8:30AM—1:00PM

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

October Worm Wranglin’

Oct 03, 2022 4:00PM—5:30PM

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

Solana Center Store Volunteer, Thursday

Oct 06, 2022 11:30AM—5:00PM

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

Workshop Support: Master Composter Week 4 – San Diego

Oct 08, 2022 8:30AM—1:30PM

Tecolote Canyon Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, 92110

Education Support: Julian Elementary – Julian

Oct 11, 2022 7:00AM—12:00PM

Julian Elementary 1704 Cape Horn Avenue Julian, CA

Solana Center Store Volunteer, Thursday

Oct 13, 2022 11:30AM—5:00PM

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

Outreach Support: Booth at Bulls Only Rodeo – Lakeside

Oct 14, 2022 5:00PM—Oct 15, 2022 10:00PM

12584 Mapleview St Lakeside, CA 92040

Workshop Support: Master Composter Week 5 – San Diego

Oct 15, 2022 8:30AM—1:30PM

Tecolote Canyon Nature Center 5180 Tecolote Road San Diego, 92110

Outreach Support: Booth at Horse Heritage Festival – San Marcos

Oct 16, 2022 9:00AM—4:00PM

1950 Sycamore Dr Lake San Marcos, CA 92069

Solana Center Store Volunteer, Thursday

Oct 20, 2022 11:30AM—5:00PM

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

Workshop Support: Backyard Composting Basics – Encinitas

Oct 22, 2022 9:00AM—1:00PM

Weidner's Gardens 695 Normandy Road Encinitas, CA 92024

October Build and Beautify

Oct 25, 2022 9:00AM—11:00AM

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

Food Cycle Program – “Halloween” Bin Build

Oct 29, 2022 9:00AM—12:00PM

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

Workshop Support: Vermicomposting Series (1 of 2) – Spring Valley

Oct 29, 2022 9:00AM—1:00PM

Spring Valley Library 836 Kempton Street Spring Valley, CA 91977

Workshop Support: Vermicomposting Series (2 of 2) – Spring Valley

Nov 05, 2022 9:00AM—1:00PM

Spring Valley Library 836 Kempton Street Spring Valley, CA 91977

Workshop Support: Water Wise Gardening – Valley Center

Nov 08, 2022 9:00AM—12:00PM

St. Stephen's Catholic Church 31020 Cole Grade Road Valley Center, CA 92082

December Worm Wranglin’

Dec 03, 2022 10:00AM—11:30AM

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

Thank you, Volunteers!

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.

Want to get even more involved?

Learn about our Docent Program where you can take on a dedicated volunteer role.

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