Volunteers are encouraged to join us to work in the habitat on the 2nd Saturday of each month from the hours of 9:00 AM until 11:00 PM.

Come and make some new friends while helping to beautify Shipley. We need you to help us on trail maintenance, sign renovation and weed removal. Your leader will instruct you how to safely perform the task assigned to you. These tasks ensure the health of the habitat and the safety of the visitors.

Make sure to wear closed-toed shoes.  Gloves and tools will be provided.  You may want to wear a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and long sleeves/pants for protection.  Bring a water bottle so that you stay hydrated throughout the day.  Safety is important.  We appreciate your time!

Please note that volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.  Persons under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  All volunteers are required to sign an application and hold harmless form.  If you have any questions, please contact the office at (714) 842-4772 between the hours of 8 am and 1 pm, Mondays thru Friday.


Volunteer Application 2019 Fillable Form

Volunteers Age 18 and Under Hold Harmless Form


You may bring the completed application to the SNC office, or email it to info@shipleynature.org. We look forward to meeting you and appreciate your interest in helping us provide nature education and encourage stewardship in this very urbanized part of Southern California.

We greatly appreciate the energy and enthusiasm of our youth.

There are many ways to become involved

Habitat Maintenance

Habitat RestorationA morning spent outdoors in nature is exhilarating and fun. If you can join us on a regular basis, you may find your place in maintaining the habitat and trails. We are on the grounds with our volunteers Monday thru Fridays, 9:00 a.m. through noon. We will provide training for pruning, planting, and irrigation of California native plants. We will require a day and time commitment from our volunteers. Please call ahead to sign-up at (714) 842-4772.


The Shipley Nursery Volunteers propagate native plants from cuttings, tend the plants for sale and help with plant sales. Volunteers meet each Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. They also help maintain the native plant and butterfly gardens across from the stream. The major native plant sale is held the last Saturday in September and kicks off the winter planting season for natives. Plants are available for sale throughout the year with sales being a major source of funds for Shipley Nature Center.


Volunteers manage the Compost Center and may be found at work most Friday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.. They also assist with seminars typically held on Saturdays four times per year.

Bird Surveys

We invite you to spend the morning with fellow nature enthusiasts and participate in our monthly bird survey held on the last Friday of each month. See seasonal schedule below. No experience is necessary. To sign up, email lena@shipleynature.org.

Seasonal Schedule of Bird Survey Times

March through October

begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 10:00 a.m.

November through February,

begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m.

Visitor Services

Are you a cheerful person willing to assist our staff during the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Monday through Saturdays? Assistance is needed to answer phones, keep the gift shop tidy, help with small clerical duties, and more. A few hours on any of these days would be much appreciated.

Docent Program

Shipley Nature Center has an exciting docent program where volunteers who have been trained are able to offer tours, represent Shipley at events, host Saturdays at Shipley, and provide services in any way that is needed to make sure that the community is involved with what is happening in this wonderful native plant area of Central Park. If someone is interested in becoming a docent, training is offered and a well-developed handbook is available, so that each docent feels competent in representing Shipley. It is a wonderful way to become more informed about Shipley and to participate in the activities here. If anyone is interested in becoming a docent they should contact the Shipley office and you will be contacted about the next training program. Shipley Volunteers

The Docent handbook for volunteers of FSNC will provide you with a complete guide to what is offered at Shipley from the history of Shipley, the native plant habitats, restoration efforts, the animal and birds found at Shipley, and our educational programs. This is a good way to become familiar with just what Shipley has to offer. Join with the hundreds of Shipley volunteers and become a Shipley Docent.