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The San Diego River Park Foundation


River Assessment Field Team
Day and Time: Every Tuesday and Friday from 9am-noon (volunteers are not required to come to all events)
Location: Various locations in Mission Valley and Santee

Do you enjoy way finding and trail blazing adventures? Join The San Diego River Park Foundation's River Assessment Volunteer Field Team to perform reconnaissance on different segments of the San Diego River!

Volunteers will hike off-trail segments of our river to identify and document threats to the river’s health, including trash, storm water debris, and illegal dumping. You can be a citizen scientist and help improve the future of our river!

  • Use a mapping app to collect and share data along the river
  • Experience the great outdoors while giving back
  • Be part of the solution. Data collected is used by trash removal teams, researchers, community members and policy makers.
  • Get off the beaten path and explore different sections of the River in your community!

The ideal volunteer will be comfortable with off-trail hiking, navigation, and working near people experiencing homelessness. Volunteers must be 18 years old or older. Community service hours are not available for this activity.

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About The San Diego River Park Foundation


4891 Pacific Highway, Suite 114, San Diego, CA 92110, US

Mission Statement

The San Diego River Park Foundation is dedicated to creating the San Diego River Park.

As the only non-governmental organization dedicated to the entire length of the River, SDRPF plays the role of an umbrella organization for many other groups.

We work to to support and empower these groups who are endeavoring to restore and enhance the San Diego River and its ecosystem, create trails and new community facilities, protect historical resources and to enhance the communities along the river.

The Foundation works to support important projects which will help to establish a river-long park while restoring and enhancing the river and its watershed, addressing flooding issues, providing greatly needed community facilities and opportunities to learn about our region's rich history, encouraging stewardship of the riparian environment, and improving the lives of those that live, work and play in the area.


The San Diego River Park Foundation is community-based grassroots non-profit organization which was founded in 2001. As a 501 (c)3 public benefit corporation, SDRPF relies upon donations and support from the community for its general operations as well as grants, both public and private.

SDRPF is not a foundation built upon an endowment or other source of funding. We are a foundation in name because we are built upon a foundation of people that have come together toward the goal of creating the San Diego River Park.

The vision of the San Diego River Park is a greenbelt from the mountains to the ocean along the 52 mile long San Diego River. This greenbelt is really a trail system and a clean and healthy river system which connects a diversity of parks, open spaces, public places and community facilities spread out along the length of the River.

The SDRPF is working to achieve this goal by partnering with government agencies, business and civic leaders and a wide range of public organizations. By promoting stewardship of the River and promoting a better understanding of the River's natural systems, the San Diego River Park Foundation is endeavoring to enhance the quality of life in San Diego.

SDRPF works with community groups and other organizations dedicated to the San Diego River and the River Park and its wildlife, recreation, water, cultural and community values to better engage the public in this project. We support projects which help to establish the river-long park such as restoring and enhancing the river, establishing public plazas and community gardens, and telling the story of the river through interpretive programs, kiosks and educational signage, and more. We also work to acquire and manage critical properties which play an important role in creating the River Park.

We are dedicated to making this project a truly treasured regional asset that is valued by all members of our community. We welcome and encourage everyone who is interested to join us in this effort.


We'll work with your schedule.


Locations vary along the riverSan Diego, CA 92108




  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 18
  • 1-8 times per month

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