Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Volunteer at the Nature Center

Turtle Rock Nature Center is always looking for volunteers! There are many ways to get involved including:  

  • Nature Center: Trail maintenance, non-native plant removal, administrative assistance.
  • Programs and Events: Assist with registration, check-in and hikes.
  • Docents: A docent is a volunteer trained in the basics of ecology and natural history. Docents assist staff naturalists with hikes, camp outs and summer camps.

For more information about becoming a Nature Center volunteer, email Karen Boortz at kboortz@cityofirvine.com.

Second Saturdays Land Steward Days

The second Saturday of each month is dedicated to land stewardship.  This is great opportunity for individuals and community groups (scouts, clubs etc.) to assist staff in efforts to restore our open spaces! Please contact Karen Boortz  at kboortz@cityofirvine.com for more information.

Eagle Scout Projects

The Nature Center offers a variety of Eagle Scout project opportunities. Please contact Karen Boortz  at kboortz@cityofirvine.com for more information.

Irvine Open Space Preserve

One of the most rewarding ways to experience the beauty of the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks is as a volunteer. Volunteers have a crucial role in the land, whether it is serving as docent-guides on a mountain-bike ride through Fremont Canyon, teaching middle school students about ecosystems in Limestone Canyon, helping to maintain a trail near Bommer Canyon or planting oaks near Weir Canyon. To find out more or to become a volunteer, visit letsgooutside.org/volunteer.