Join Our Team

There Are Many Ways To Get Involved!

A gift of your talent

It takes a lot of different talents to offer programs and workshops at the Nature Center. Do you have a passion for fishing, birding, or local history? Enjoy teaching children or adults about nature? Have a photography hobby? Love native plants? Do you craft? Enjoy sharing your organizational or event planning skills? Are you into social networking? Love to write?

A gift of your special talent will go a long way in assisting the Nature Center with its programs, workshops, special events, and everyday operations. We all have a special talent ~ contact us to share yours!

Volunteering with the Nature Center is fun, rewarding, and you’ll get to know a great group of passionate people!

Volunteers are the heart, passion, and backbone of the Nature Center. The gift of your time, whether for an annual event, once a month, or a regular weekly commitment, enables the Nature Center to provide its programs, workshops, and discovery experiences to our visitors.

The Nature Center needs your help with:


  • Office and computer work
  • Hosting in the Nature Center
  • Cleaning
  • Bird surveying
  • Gardening
  • Photography
  • Events
  • Exhibit preparation
  • Running our gift shop
  • Children’s Activities
  • Fundraising
  • Writing (newsletter, press, etc.)
  • Taking care of our plants, birds and fish
  • Maintenance and grounds
  • And More – Let us know your skills!

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please fill out a Volunteer Application by clicking the button below.

If you have any questions, please contact executive director, Julie McDonald at Julie@clnaturecenter.org or at 805-693-0691. We look forward to meeting you!


Camp Host Positions

Would you like to contribute to a great organization while living in the spectacular environment of Cachuma Lake in Central California’s famous Wine Country? 

Our camp hosts volunteer 20 hours a week at the Nature Center in exchange for a full-hookup RV site (water, electricity, sewer). Hours are somewhat flexible but revolve around the Center’s 10AM- 4PM Tuesday-Saturday, 10AM- 2PM Sunday schedule.

If you are interested in volunteering as a camp host with us, please click the button below.

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Visit Us

Visit Us

Come by the nature center and enjoy our exhibits, weekly and seasonal events, book sales, workshops, gift shop and more!

Current Programs

Hours & Info

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