• The tidepools of Cabrillo National Monument


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  • Lighthouse Will Be Closed for Seismic Retrofit April 7 through May 16

    The Lighthouse is undergoing a Seismic retrofit and will be closed from April 7 - May 16. Visitors can still access the Assistant Keepers Quarters exhibit from the south door, Lighthouse Comfort Station, and Kelp Forest Overlook. Call 619-557-5450.

  • Visitor Center Scheduled to be Closed May 19 through June 16

    The Visitor Center will be undergoing a Seismic Retrofit and will be closed. Visitors will still be able to access the Auditorium, Ballast View and the East Patio. These dates are subject to change. Please call 619 557-5450 for updated information

  • National Parks Week

    Come Join us during National Parks Week April 19-27. You can see the schedule here. More »


Volunteer Recruitment, May 31, 2014, 3:00pm

Have you ever had an office with the greatest view of San Diego?

As a volunteer at Cabrillo National Monument you can tell all your friends that you do! Learn about the variety of volunteer opportunities at Cabrillo NM by joining us for a volunteer recruitment on Saturday May 31, 2014 at 3:00pm (RSVP required). Contact Tavio del Rio at 619 523 4565 or e-mail us.

Cabrillo National Monument is looking for interested individuals to work with Rangers on conservation projects and educational programming. Volunteering at Cabrillo is a fun way to gain professional experiences, meet new people, provide assistance in research studies, learn new skills, get out of the house, and support the only National Park Service Unit in San Diego.

From the sophomoric student to the retired professional, Cabrillo National Monument has a volunteer opportunity for you. The Monument seeks your help in protecting and educating our rich cultural and natural resources to the Public. Our Recruitment introduces you to the Volunteer-In-Parks program, work assignments at Cabrillo National Monument and the appropriate training need toward achieving your goal. This two hour session begins in the auditorium and ends with a site tour. This tour allows you to get connected and inspired by our unique resources. Journey with a Ranger and get introduced to the sights, smells and sounds of Cabrillo National Monument. Come on out to the Point and discover this beautiful time capsule of San Diego history. Come on up and make this your new office!

To contact Cabrillo National Monument staff with questions regarding the Volunteer Recruitment or volunteering in general, contact Tavio del Rio at 619 523 4565 or e-mail us.

Fall-Season Tidepool Training, September 20 & 27, 9:00am to 4:30pm

For all those folks itching to get into the tidepools here is your chance. This mandatory training is a packed full two days of information and procedures to get you diving into tidepool volunteerism. If you are brand new at volunteering, this is the perfect opportunity for you to get your feet wet. If you haven’t volunteered with us for a while and want to get back in the mix, feel free to use this training as a refresher. If you like to attend please e-mail us.

Volunteer Navigation Committee (VNC)

Volunteer Navigation Committee charter

Did You Know?

Old Point Loma Lighthouse

Did you know that the Old Point Loma Lighthouse at Cabrillo National Monument was only in service for 36 years? Due to its hilltop location, the light was frequently obscured by low clouds and fog, forcing construction of a new lighthouse closer to the water.