Why Volunteer With Us?

Theodore Payne Foundation offers unique and exciting opportunities to increase your knowledge, meet like-minded people, and to support our mission by inspiring and educating Southern Californians about the beauty and ecological benefits of California native plant landscapes. 

You will get hands-on experience with our fascinating native flora while earning hours towards free classes here at TPF.


TPF was founded in 1960 by a group of dedicated volunteers. Today, more 250 active volunteers help maintain our grounds and nursery, work in the office, share knowledge at outreach events, and assist customers in the store and on sale days. Whether you’re a plant person or a people person, looking for sunshine or shade, rest assured, we have something for everyone!


What We’ve Accomplished This Year