There are many ways you can volunteer at Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP). The park’s volunteers are appreciated and valued, and are involved in many areas of park operations.
Visitor and Interpretive Center
Working at the Visitor Center front desk, these volunteers welcome guests to the park, answer questions about the trails, activities, programs, work in the Gift Shop, and start presentations in the theater. During the week, they assist Park Rangers and MTRP Foundation staff in welcoming school groups to the park. Visitor Center volunteers work half-day shifts, from 8:45AM-1PM, or 1-5:15PM. However, due to the Visitor Center’s currently reduced hours, shifts are four hours, from 11am-3pm. If interested in volunteering with MTRP Foundation at the Visitor Center, please complete the online Visitor Center Volunteer Application. Questions? Please contact the MTRP Foundation at email@example.com or 619-668-3280.
Lead interpretive walks in the park, staff Discovery Tables, and participate in outreach programs. The annual, extensive Trail Guide training takes place at the beginning of each calendar year. For more information, please contact Ranger Chris Axtmann at 619-668-2746 or send email to CAxtmann@sandiego.gov.
Interact with park users and educate the public about park rules on foot or on mountain bike (must provide your own bike). For more information, please contact Ranger Aide Mansour Habis at 619-668-2744 or send email to MHabis@sandiego.gov.
Volunteer Work Crews
Do you enjoy the many wonders of Mission Trails? Well, then how about pitching in sometime to help keep it the wonderful place that it is. You can get your exercise for the day, while helping to make a difference at the same time.
West Sycamore Volunteer Crew
First Sunday of the month
Join Ranger Dan Kimpel to assist with various projects at our West Sycamore property in Scripps Ranch on the first Sunday of each month. Meet near the trailer at the east end of Stonebridge Parkway. For more information and to RSVP, please send email to DKimpel@sandiego.gov.
Habitat Restoration Crew
Second Saturday of the month
Assist Ranger Heidi Gutknecht with non-native plant eradication, habitat protection and revegetation projects on the second Saturday of each month. For more information and to RSVP, please send email to HGutknecht@sandiego.gov or call 619-668-3279.
Trail Improvement Crew
Third Sunday of the month
Work with Ranger Dan Kimpel with trail maintenance, construction and erosion control projects on the third Sunday of each month. For more information and to RSVP, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-668-2710.
Park Beautification Crew
Fourth Saturday of the month
Help beautify the park with Ranger Julie Aeilts on the fourth Saturday of each month. For more information and to RSVP, please send email to JAeilts@sandiego.gov or call 619-668-3201.
All work crews meet at 8AM and work until 12 noon at the latest. Rain cancels the events, and no crews take place in July or August due to extreme heat. The West Sycamore Crew takes off July-September. Volunteers should bring work gloves, a water bottle to refill, and a snack. Be sure to wear long pants, sun protection and sturdy, closed toe shoes.
If you would like to schedule a group volunteer opportunity, please contact David Lee at DNLee@sandiego.gov. To learn more, and share the volunteer opportunities at Mission Trails with others, you can view and download this volunteer flyer.