Volunteer Opportunities in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Carmel Mountain, the Del Mar Mesa, and Black Mountain Parks:
Restoration Work Projects

The Friends are well known for being leaders in the control of invasive weeds and the revegetation of disturbed areas with native plants. It's a good way to learn your plants and habitats.

Endangered Plant Surveys

Typically, these take place in the spring and summer and involve counting endangered plants and assessing potential threats to their survival.

Wildlife Surveys

Quarterly wildlife surveys focus on track and sign transects in our park system and elsewhere in the county. Training is free. The data collected has already been used to protect important wildlife corridors and monitor the health of different keystone animal species.

Exhibit Staffing at Events

Staffing street fairs in Peñasquitos and Mira Mesa (Carmel Mtn. in future?) and other occasional events is an important way for the Friends to reach out and recruit new members, as well as to educate the public on preserve issues.

Hike Leaders

The Friends interpretive walk program is in its 20th year, but we always need new hike leaders and new hike subjects. We'll provide the training or help you to develop your special interest (bug walk anyone?).

Trail Building & Maintenance

The City Rangers have a regular weekly program of trail work. Rangers are also organizing regular trails work parties for Black Mountain as well.

Trash Cleanups

These tend to be one time events that focus on a particular part of the park system, especially Black Mtn. Open Space Park where illegal trash dumping is rampant.


We always need help writing articles, proofreading, designing, layout, and preparing it for mailing.

Youth and School Programs

Our youth programs are limited now mostly to interpretive walks for scout and school groups. We're very interested in anyone who would like to help develop other school or youth oriented programs.

To volunteer please print and email or mail a Volunteer Form to:

Friends of los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve,
POB 26523, San Diego CA 92126 or email: kelly.mike8388@gmail.com

Printable Volunteer Form in PDF Format

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