TPERP (Tidepool Protection, Education, and Restoration Program) Volunteer

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ORGANIZATION: National Park Service

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In the early 1990s, both the public and scientific community of San Diego began noticing a peculiar problem in our tidepools: our Cabrillo National Monument visitors were loving the tidepools to death! Our park needed volunteers to encourage safe tidepool exploration and help restore the ecology back to health.

On November 6th, 1996 the Tidepool Protection, Education, and Restoration Program (TPERP) was launched. Our TPERP volunteers come from all backgrounds and experience levels, and are committed to preserving and protecting the rocky intertidal zone--and all its inhabitants--for the enjoyment of this and future generations.

And the proof is in the plankton! Since the program’s inception, our volunteers have directly prevented the local extinction of owl limpets, mussels, thatched barnacles, and goose-necked barnacles! Whether our TPERP volunteers are educating the public, helping answer questions about the tidepools, or directly protecting resources, they are an integral part of this park and its mission.


Depending on the task ( Low-Tide, Roving, and/or Education Table), TPERP volunteers will:

  • Interact with and teach visitors about the rocky intertidal ecosystem and the plants and animals that live there.
  • Inform visitors of applicable park regulations, including Zone 3 and Sea cave area public closures.
  • Ensure a safe environment for staff, volunteers, and the public by adhering to safety and health regulations.
    • TPERP Low-Tide volunteers may be standing and walking in a very slippery and rocky shoreline area. Please walk carefully and slowly within this area.
    • For those uncomfortable with slick areas, we are in great need of Education Table and Roving volunteers in the Coastal Trail.


  • Must be 16 years of age or older. Volunteers under age 18 will be interviewed to gauge their maturity level before being scheduled on solo shifts.
  • Be reliable and committed to at least 8 volunteer hours per month per season.

Start Date - 2024-04-30

End Date - 2025-04-30

Activities include: Conservation Education;Fish/Wildlife;General Assistance;Science;Visitor Information

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