Rangers and Smokey
Bat Skeleton
Junior Ranger at Jacks Pond

Jack's Pond Nature Center's Mission Statement:

To provide information about local habitats, plants, animals, geology, and cultural history in educational and enjoyable ways. 

Interested in Helping?

Scouts and Projects

Over the years, many a young Eagle Scout or scout troop have volunteered to make considerable contributions to our Outdoor Adventures programs and park sites. Past projects have included: designing a room at the Nature Center, building a butterfly habitat, redesigning landscape to be drought tolerant, building park and trail kiosks to provide vital information to visitors and placing benches. 

To get involved, please contact Park Ranger Ron Vinluan to discuss the possibilities at (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.

Volunteers

Docents

Jack's Pond Nature Center relies heavily on help provided by adult docents during weekend open hours (Saturdays & Sundays 10am-1pm) as well as weekday field trips (select reserved Mondays and Tuesday 9:30am-11:30am). We are looking for additional volunteers to add to our amazing team. A commitment of one shift per month is preferred. Training is provided.

Volunteer Rangers

The City of San Marcos Community Services Department has created a Volunteer Ranger program. The Volunteer Park Ranger is called upon to assist the Ranger and supervisory staff to protect and preserve the city’s parks and trails; ensure park patron safety; interpret park rules and regulations to park & trail visitors, and to assist when needed in providing quality programs and events for the City of San Marcos

The selected Rangers will receive basic training in various subjects including public relations, first aid, park policies and procedures, and radio communication. After completing training the Ranger should be available to serve 1- 4+ shifts a month.

The professional integrity of the Volunteer Ranger parallels that of the regular Park Ranger and other recreation personnel. They are a vital asset to the park management.

Qualifications
Must have valid drivers license,  a positive attitude, be at least 18 yrs. old and enjoy the outdoors.

Donations

If you have a live animal or a display item that you would like to donate to the Nature Center, please contact us to discuss whether it would be a good fit. We also accept monetary donations to help support special events and continuing improvements to the center.

For questions and inquiries regarding volunteering or donations, please email Nature Center Director or call (760) 744-9000 ext. 3508.