The Environmental Center of San Diego is working to protect the environment alongside dozens of other wonderful San Diego-based environmental groups. These organizations are working on a variety of important environmental issues, from protecting native birds to fighting for swimmable water for San Diego residents. We’ve compiled a list of other impactful environmental groups in San Diego that you may be interested in below:


SanDiego350 is building a movement to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and climate injustice through education and outreach, public policy advocacy, and mobilizing people to take action. 

Climate Action Campaign

CAC works to stop the climate crisis by working at all levels of government to promote relevant, achievable, and legally binding climate policies. Their work is centered on uniting businesses, communities, and government to effectively pass policies and programs that lead to systemic change that ensures clean air, clean water, and a livable future for everyone. 

San Dieguito River Park Conservancy

The San Dieguito River Park Conservancy preserved, protects, and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support.

California Native Plant Society, San Diego Chapter

California Native Plant Society is a nonprofit dedicated to conserving California native plants and their natural habitats. The organization works closely with decision makers, scientists, and local planners to advocate for well-informed and environmentally friendly policies, regulations, and land management practices. The San Diego Chapter serves San Diego and Imperial counties.

San Diego Coastkeeper

San Diego Coastkeeper protects and restores fishable, swimmable and drinkable waters in San Diego county. The organization seeks to transform the San Diego region into a leader in sustainable water management, protective of a healthy environment and guided by engaged and informed communities. 

San Diego Audubon Society

San Diego Audubon Society’s mission is to foster the protection and appreciation of wildlife and their habitats through education and study. The organization  also advocates for a cleaner, healthier environment, and seeks to shape a culture in San Diego where nature is a common interest for all.

Surfrider Foundation, San Diego Chapter

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all people, through a powerful activist network. Among other things, the organization is fighting to protect San Diego’s 72 miles of coastline.

Chaparral Lands Conservancy

The mission of The Chaparral Lands Conservancy is to protect and advance the conservation of shrublands, related ecosystems, dependent plants and animals — especially endangered species — through acquisition of land and/or management rights, habitat restoration and enhancement, stewardship, research, and education.

Sierra Club San Diego

Sierra Club San DIego is the oldest and largest grassroots environmental organization in the San Diego region. The organization takes action in a variety of ways, from protecting seals and sea lions on local beaches to challenging cities to adopt viable Climate Action Plans. The group also offers Wilderness courses and leads hikes and backpacking trips to help the public discover the outdoors, among other things.

San Diego River Park Foundation

The San Diego River Park Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the San Diego River and creating a better quality of life for the community through the creation of a 52 mile river-long park system. The organization’s programs, projects, and events are designed to connect people to the San Diego River and empower the community to steward and celebrate it. 

San Diego Canyonlands

San Diego Canyonlands is a nonprofit working to restore San Diego’s canyons and creeks to their natural habitat by fostering education and ongoing community involvement in stewardship in advocacy. 

San Diego Habitat Conservancy

San Diego Habitat Conservancy is a nationally accredited land trust working to acquire, manage, and protect land that supports sensitive habitats and species. The organization works with developers, municipalities, and agencies throughout the region to strike a critical balance between development and the protection of valuable habitat.


San Diego Environmental Coalitions

What is a coalition? A coalition is a group of people that come together in a partnership to achieve a common goal. San Diego boasts a variety of coalitions, and we’ve included a few in the environmental space that might interest you here. 

San Diego Green New Deal

The San Diego Green New Deal is working towards a San Diego region that achieves zero carbon by 2035 through a fair and just transition for workers and communities of concern, the creation of good family-sustaining union jobs, and the development of affordable, equitable, and inclusive communities powered by 100% clean, renewable energy.

ReWild Mission Bay

ReWild Mission Bay is a project of San Diego Audubon and our ReWild Coalition partners to enhance and restore the natural wetlands in the northeast corner of Mission Bay for cleaner water, greater climate resiliency, carbon sequestration, and improved access to public space along our shared Bayfront.

The Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Coalition

The Wildlife and Habitat Conservation Coalition is comprised of 28 local conservation organizations. We engage and advocate on significant government decisions, development projects, and policy in order to defend and uphold environmental protection rules, protect habitat, and hold the government accountable.

San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition

San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition exists to bring together communities of concern, stakeholders and like-minded organizations through grassroots organizing to inform processes & policy, to improve the quality of life, and to increase opportunities for residents of Southeast San Diego.


Nonprofit Institutions

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting their expertise in animal care and conservation science with their dedication to inspiring passion for nature.

San Diego Natural History Museum 

The San Diego Natural History Museum or “The Nat” focuses on the natural history and unique biodiversity of our binational region. The Museum seeks to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diversity of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for nature and the environment.