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.

Grow / Services

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, 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 around here.

Grow, Eat, Make.

All year we take time to celebrate our initiatives. Join us in building a pathways towards a more abundant future.

Earth Day: April

Be a part of the celebration! Join us as a volunteer at Earth Day! Where we host hands-on workshops and offer tangible solutions to thriving on planet Earth. Earth Day is a festival that offers the opportunity to grow your connections with like-minded volunteers and community members.

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Green Feast: June & September

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!

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Handmade: A Maker's Market: November

Volunteer at our annual Handmade: A Maker's Market, as we bring together local artisans and community members. Roles may include greeting guests, leading hands-on activities, site maintenance, vendor liaison, parking, and more.

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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, gain early access to events and enjoy recaps and photos of the work our community of volunteers has 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!