Let’s Dig In!

Get your hands in the soil, serve your community, and help transform our ecosystem! At The Ecology Center, we believe in a culture that gives more than it takes. Our volunteers support this vision by taking action in our garden, in the kitchen, at events and workshops, aboard Road Trip, and across our properties. The generosity of our volunteers inspires us all to be part of the solution. Together, we can make a big impact and inspire change, let’s dig in!

Volunteer Opportunities

San Juan Capistrano

Dig in the soil at our weekly garden day, share skills at community workshops and experience farm-to-table events! Click below to get started.


Plant seeds, harvest food and tend to the land in Encinitas. Your efforts at our weekly volunteer days help to provide food at 9 schools within the Encinitas Union School District. Click below to get involved at our Encinitas location.

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Weekly Volunteer Days:

Get Your Hands Dirty and Lend To The Oasis!

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Inspiring action

Digging in at garden volunteer days, serving the community at Green Feast, helping lead our little world changers at our kids programming, we are so grateful for the support of our volunteers. Since day one, special individuals like you have helped transform The Ecology Center from a dirt lot to a thriving community ecosystem. Click through to view some of the impactful work our volunteers have done around here.

Join a Volunteer Team

There are many ways to be a part of our volunteer community. Join us in building a pathways towards a more abundant future.

Orchard Ohana

Our Tuesday morning volunteer crew is dedicated to our fruit trees. Learn how to prune, plant, harvest, and care for the ever-growing abundance of trees on our property.

Green Feast

Join us as we celebrate our local chefs, farmers, purveyors, and community through a beautiful farm-to-table meal. Volunteer roles may include guest check-in, serving, parking, docent leaders, scullery, setup and clean up. Our team of volunteers is integral to the success of this event!

To sign up for one of our trainings to join a team, email our volunteer coordinator at [email protected]

Farm Fridays

Friday mornings a small, dedicated group takes to the fields. Whether we are gleaning, harvesting, planting, or weeding, our organic crop enthusiasts learn about what it takes to keep our 28-acre regenerative farm thriving.

Our Gratitude Program

Thank you - we can't do this work without you!

Volunteer Gratitude Gatherings

Get to know other like-minded volunteers and community members at our quarterly mixers! Once a month enjoy bites, beverages, and various activities for our dedicated volunteers.

Volunteer Newsletter

As a volunteer of The Ecology Center, you are kept up-to-date on the latest happenings and volunteer trainings and monthly recaps of all our volunteers and staff have accomplished together.

Co-Op Membership

Once you volunteer for 6 hours in a quarter, you qualify for our Co-Op Membership program. Enjoy discounts at the Farm Stand, our Farm Share program, and workshops and events!

Log your Volunteer Hours!

Every time you lend a hand at the farm- we want to know about it! Please use this link to log your hours so that we can keep track of who is helping out at the farm, what work we are getting done, and who to award our Co-Op Membership to!