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Aqua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation-Discovery Center

Variety of volunteer opportunities ranging from educational to trail maintenance, assembling educational supplies, animal care, and landscaping.

Contact Carly Shields Education/Volunteer Manager at 760-804-1969

Monthly Trail Clean-up Events:

City of Carlsbad is seeking volunteers to help with their monthly trail clean up events.

 Events take place on Saturdays from 8:30 to 11:30 am.

The city will provide a work plan and safety training at the start of each trail work event along with tools, water and snacks.  Please wear closed-toe shoes, gloves, sunscreen and a hat. In the event of rain, trail work will be cancelled.

Trail work locations are subject to change. To sign-up to volunteer or for event details, please contact Carly Davis at

Community Service


All CUSD high school students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours of community service as stated in Board Policy as a graduation requirement. Students may begin completing community service hours during the summer after 8th grade promotion. 

Community service can be completed by working without pay for a non-profit organization that benefits your fellow man, the environment, or the animal kingdom. If you are paid for a service, it is not considered community service.  Fundraising for a club or sports team or donating items to a cause (ie. socks/canned foods) is not considered community service. 

SCHS Club Officers and members do not receive Community Service hours for attending club meetings or activity planning sessions.

SUBMITTING Community Service Hours

  • Print the Community Service Hours Verification Form.
  • Take the form with you to your community service acivity
  • Complete all of the information; date of service, name of organization, phone number for the organizational contact, email address and signature (be sure to include a business card or letter from the organization).
  • Turn completed forms into the "Completed Community Service Turn In" bin located in the Counseling center. It is recommended that students save a copy of all service hours submitted for their records. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Does time spent tutoring  as part of National Honors Society count?
  • Yes, unless you are being paid for your services
Who should sign my Community Service form?
  • A representative from the organization for whom you volunteered should sign the form. 
  • Parents can not sign for their student.
  • SCHS Club student memebers may not sign community service forms for other students. The club Advisor must sign the form.
Where can I volunteer?
  • See “Volunteer Opportunities that Matter to You” below for non-profit organizations
  • Volunteer on the Sage Creek campus. Check with a teacher to see how you can help outside of your class time. This may include helping with a theater or music production if you are not part of Tech Theater, an approved Genius Project, etc. 
  • Volunteer at one of the CUSD Middle or Elementary schools. Look for announcements on Parent Square for volunteer opportunities for school carnivals or other events. Speak with a former middle or elementary teacher to see how you can help. (i.e. Band or theater teacher)
Do you submit community service hours to colleges?
  • No, we do not verify the total hours you are claiming on your college application. Students should keep a copy of their community service hours for future reference.
How soon are hours entered into AERIES?
  • Hours can be viewed in your Aeries Parent/Student Portal under Activities & Awards within 2-3 school days.
How to request Student Volunteers: (for organizations or schools other than Sage Creek) 
  • Send an email to Mrs. Ruby at stating the following information:
    • Name of your event
    • Date/time of the event 
    • Time volunteers are needed if other than exact time of event
    • Volunteer duties i.e. set up, clean up, run a booth etc.
    • Contact information
    • Provide a Flier if applicable, SignUp Genius link if applicable

Volunteer Opportunities That Matter to You

Register with Volunteer in Carlsbad, Volunteer Match or Volunteer San Diego to connect with what matters to you and discover a way to give back that is meaningful to you.  Click on the links below to uncover volunteer opportunities: 

Local Non-Profit Agencies Contact Information

Volunteer Match

Volunteer San Diego

Volunteer Crowd