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!

Eat / Solutions

Volunteer at Green Feast 2018

In one evening, we express the values of our organization and model the possibilities in our ecological food future. This celebration builds awareness around the diversity and abundance of growers around us and represents our commitment to bringing sustainable food to the residents of the community and people in our region. Work alongside some of the best chefs in Southern California all while getting to know your community. Click below to volunteer for our 10th Green Feast!

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 farm operation help to provide food at 9 schools within the Encinitas Union School District. Click below to get involved at our Encinitas location.

Road Trip

Engage with students and community members aboard Road Trip. Educate schools and communities on seed saving, composting and growing food! There is a multitude of ways to dig in on our mobile experience. Do you want to hit the road with us? Click below.

Grow / Photo Gallery

Inspiring action

Digging in at garden volunteer days, serving the community at Green Feast, sharing skills at workshops or leading tours, 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 in the past year.

Our Gratitude Program

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

Quarterly Gatherings

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

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Volunteer Newsletter

As a volunteer of The Ecology Center, you are kept up-to-date on the latest happenings, gain early access to events and enjoy recaps and photos of the work our community of volunteers has accomplished together.

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Monthly Features

Every month, we choose one of our dedicated volunteers to spotlight. Keep an eye out in your inbox to a special Q+A for a our featured volunteer and get to know your fellow community members even better.

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Grow / Solutions

Featured Volunteer: Marlene Rudeman

Meet the volunteers who bring The Ecology Center to life.