Kelp Project Diver Removes Urchins


We believe that everyone has the right to a clean and healthy environment, and we rely on people like YOU to help us make it happen.

Our dedicated volunteers play a major role in the work that we do at Los Angeles Waterkeeper, and we have a variety of unique opportunities and activities throughout Los Angeles County. Click on the photos below to find out more about each volunteer program.


Quill with Kalia and Daniel -7-13 Malibu GPS InstructMPA Watch

Our MPA Watch program gives volunteers a chance help survey and monitor the human activities in Marine Protected Areas of the Santa Monica Bay. This unique experience on our Waterkeeper boat also lets volunteers witness up-close whales, sea lions, seals, dolphins and a variety of birds that depend on and deserve clean water and a sustainable habitat.



Volunteer in DrainWatch labDrainWatch

Our DrainWatch program gives volunteers the opportunity to survey and track the pollution that spills into our waterways, flows to our beaches, kills aquatic life and threatens public health. DrainWatch has two special projects within the program, Urban Trash Survey and Storm Water Assessment Team (S.W.A.T) and is a unique way for volunteers to gain hands-on field and lab experience.



Kelp Project Diver Removes UrchinsKelp Restoration Divers

Our volunteer Kelp Project Divers work acre by acre off of the shores of Palos Verdes to progressively return the bleak urchin barrens into thriving kelp forest communities.  This  program is widely recognized for its sustained hands-on approach, in which volunteer scuba divers will work with our staff to restore this vital undersea habitat by thinning the sea urchin population.




Beach Cleanups

Our major beach cleanup event is a part of Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day on the planet. This volunteer opportunity takes place in September at Dockweiler Beach and is a great for schools, companies, families and community groups to come together and help clean up our beaches. We also host private beach cleanups for companies, classrooms, and community groups. If you are interested in setting up a private beach cleanup with Los Angeles Waterkeeper please email




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LA Waterkeeper
120 Broadway, Suite 105
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Phone: 310-394-6162
Fax: 310-394-6178

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