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Calling all Volunteers! We Need You!

IMPORTANT UPDATE!!! BVAS is now seeking volunteers for all positions, except for our Nature Guides/childrens' education program.

Volunteers are the heart of BVAS and are what makes our nature center and programs so meaningful and loved in the community!

Maybe you would like to share your knowledge of the area with visitors to the nature center. Or perhaps you have always wanted to help the next generation be as inspired by nature as you are.  If so, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities at BVAS for people of all ages.

You can volunteer with the Native Plant Crew and help maintain the gardens around the Nature Center. Perhaps you’d like to learn how to share your interest in nature with others by becoming a Nature Guide? We can always use help with our newsletter mailings. Are you a handyperson who could help with a few projects around the Nature Center?  Let us know what you’re thinking, or ask us for other suggestions.

Whatever your interests or skills, as long as you’re willing, BVAS has a place for you. Many of our volunteers start out by signing up to be host at the Nature Center for just a few hours a month. This is an opportunity to meet people from next door or the other side of the world. All you have to do is like people and enjoy nature.

BVAS will give you the training you need. E-mail Rocco Valluzzi, or stop by the Nature Center anytime and talk to a host. We’re anxious to get you started!

ESD 2015 Gma- Alisha Becker,Trinity Woodrell, Liberty Woodrell

Current Volunteer Positions

Nature Center Host

Responsibilities include greeting visitors, answering the phone, and Gift Shop sales. Training is provided. Shifts are available Tuesday thru Saturday, 10 am - 1 pm and 1 - 4 pm. Sign up for one shift a month, or as many as you like!

Nature Guides

If you enjoy working with children, you will love this job! Volunteers provide basic tours about birds and the lagoon for elementary school classes and small community groups. Assistants as well as leaders are needed, and training is provided.

Road Show "Tabling" Volunteer

Assist with outreach and sales by staffing a BVAS booth at special events such as the Carlsbad Village Faire, San Diego Bird Festival, Peppertree Days, Earth Day Events, and other area events. Only requires a few days each year.

ESD Daniela Lopez-Kemp and Gabriella Wilson with EcoVivarium trainer
Erosion demonstrationvetical

Speakers Bureau

Volunteers speak to groups (Lions, Rotary, etc) about Buena Vista Lagoon, Buena Vista Audubon Society, and the Nature Center.

Grounds/Trail Volunteer

Assist with the maintenance of the Nature Center grounds and trail. Volunteers assist with the removal of invasive plants, removal of trash, plant watering, etc.

Social Committee

Welcome guests at monthly meetings. Help plan annual picnic, volunteer luncheon, and various banquets.

Special Projects Volunteer

Assist in various projects throughout the year. Especially needed are volunteers to help with periodic mailouts, including the monthly newsletter.

Fix-It Person for Nature Center

If you are a talented do-it-yourselfer looking for more projects, there's always something to fix around the Nature Center!

Andy Mauro teaches kids at the Save Our Shores event

If you are interested in any of the positions above please contact:

Rocco Valluzzi -, or stop by the Nature Center

Donations that make a difference!

Your donation will help us further our mission of providing nature-based education to local children, offering birding classes and other programs, protecting and restoring North County wildlife habitats, and more!

Our Mission

To protect and preserve our region's birds, biodiversity, and threatened habitats, and to promote conservation of our natural resources through advocacy, education, and both habitat restoration and management.

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

Nature Center

2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



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Wednesday 10 am-1 pm
Thursday 10 am-1 pm
Friday 10 am-1 pm
Saturday 10 am-1 pm

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