The reserve offers many opportunities to volunteer.

Snowy Plover Docent Program

The Snowy Plover docent informs beach visitors about the biology and conservation efforts to protect the Western Snowy Plover. During a 2-hour weekly shift on the beach you will have a fantastic opportunity to make a difference while enjoying a beautiful beach. To learn more, email copr.conservation@nrs.ucsb.edu 

Photo by Kristen Klitgaard

Restoration Program

Staff, students, and volunteers restore the degraded lands of the reserve into rich and diverse native habitats. Activities include seed collection, propagation of native species, planting, and removing invasive species. To help with restoration projects, email armandoaispuro@ucsb.edu

Tour Guide Program

If you enjoy public speaking and spending time outdoors, volunteering as a tour guide could be a great opportunity for you!  Tour guides lead tours on the first Saturday of each month. Tours are also scheduled at other times for private groups and classes.  The docent-led tour is a beautiful 2-hour walk through the reserve’s main habitats.

To enroll to be a tour guide email copr.conservation@nrs.ucsb.edu 

Nature Center Docent Program

The Nature Center is open to the general public on the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, during docent-led tours. To become a Nature Center docent, email copr.conservation@nrs.ucsb.edu