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Volunteer Habitat Restoration Events

Upcoming Events

SDAS partners with passionate community members like YOU, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), City of San Diego, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to manage and restore habitat for the endangered California Least Tern at four main locations in Mission Bay:

  • Mariner’s Point
  • North Fiesta Island
  • Stony Point
  • FAA Island

At these one-day work parties, held throughout the year but concentrated during our field season in January through April, volunteers help restore coastal dune habitat by removing invasive plants, replanting native plants, and conducting other land management activities (putting out protective structures for chicks, mending fences, etc.). No experience is required and these events are open to the public. This is a great way to get a taste for the work that we do to protect endangered species in Mission Bay! 

Keep an eye out for upcoming habitat restoration events on our events calendar below. Wear long pants, sturdy shoes, and sun/rain protection. Tools and water will be provided. Bring a reusable water bottle for refills. 

For questions, RSVPs, or directions, contact Cristina Santa Maria, our Conservation Manager, at, or at 858-273-7800 x 106. Work parties for large groups can be arranged. 

April 2024

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Looking for deeper volunteer involvement? Consider our Conservation Team Leader and Ternwatcher programs! Visit the Save the endangered California Least Tern page


  • USFWS logo
  • City of San Diego

  • County of San Diego
    County of San Diego
  • State Coastal Conservancy
  • SANDAg transnet logo
    SANDAg transnet logo
  • Malk Nature Fund
  • Coastkeeper
  • UCNRS logo
  • San Diego Regional Fire Foundation logo
  • Americorps
  • Room & Board
    Room & Board
  • San Diego River Conservancy
  • National Marine Sanctuary Foundation