Lagoon Platoon Volunteers plant native coastal sage scrub vegetation along Santa Carina trail.

Community Volunteers Revitalize the Reserve.


Join the thrill of hands-on conservation in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve with Lagoon Platoon. All the tools for restoration are provided, and gardening experience is not necessary. Each Lagoon Platoon event is led by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy biologists, who oversee activities and will lead participants on tours of each restoration site. Refreshments are provided. You can help with native seed collection, planting, invasive weed removal, trail maintenance, and propagation efforts in the San Elijo Nursery
Our dedicated Stewards help behind-the-scenes on Wednesdays. You can learn and apply technical habitat restoration practices while enjoying the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon. Read about our Stewards of the Season. Inquire at platoon [at] sanelijo [dot] org

Your efforts benefit wildlife and create special places for our community.
January 16, 2016 Santa Carina 
Lagoon Platoon volunteers finished planting the restoration site started last month: 380 native coastal sage scrub plants were installed at our newest Santa Carina restoration site. Watering basins were constructed, plant protectors were placed, and the plants were watered in. Volunteers enjoyed a nature hike where we watched for birds and mule deer and learned about local wildlife. Thank you to everyone who helped install our newest Santa Carina restoration site!
February 20, 2016 Rios Trail
We had a beautiful day for our monthly restoration event along the Rios Trail in Solana Beach!  Volunteers split up into groups to tackle various tasks in the area.  One group was tasked with scraping graffiti off of a sandstone canyon that had been unfortunately vandalized.  Another group planted over 200 native coastal sage scrub plants in an area that had been degrading due to erosion and off trail hiking.  This was our first effort towards restoring this area, and there will be more restoration events in the future to finish the job.  Thanks volunteers!
March 19, 2016 Santa Carina
Lagoon Platoon planted over 500 native coastal sage scrub plants!  Volunteers rocked as we completed planting a new restoration site along the Santa Carina Trail in just over two and a half hours.  This site, formerly a non native grassland, now provides habitat for local wildlife.  Volunteers also enjoyed a nature walk where they learned about how our native plants are adapted to our mediterranean climate.
April 23, 2016 Creek to Bay Cleanup Day
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy teamed up with I Love a Clean San Diego for the annual Creek to Bay Cleanup Day.  Over 100 volunteers came out to the Santa Carina Trailhead in Solana Beach to remove invasive species and debris.  Volunteers removed over 15 cubic yards of invasive plants from sensitive wetland habitats!  

May 21, 2016 Harbaugh Seaside Trails
It was a beautiful morning for restoration as volunteers met at the newly acquired Harbaugh Seaside Trails in Solana Beach.  This site was acquired in poor condition as has a long history of development.  The first step towards restoring the site is invasive plant removal, so volunteers focused on removing invasive crown daisy and sea lavender, both of which currenlty dominate the site.  Volunteers also enjoyed a docent-led nature walk where they used binoculars to learn about our native wetland birds. 


Saturday, September 17: 9 am - 12 pm
Help remove invasive plants and pick up trash at the Lagoon for the 32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day. (There is no monthly event in August)


Complete Minor Volunteer Information Form and bring with you.



Seeking an outdoor teambuilding event? We can help.

Joe DeWolf, Community Restoration Specialist
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
joe [at] sanelijo [dot] org | (760) 436-3944 x 709