Feel like embarking on a new adventure with your pint-sized pal while doing good around town? San Diego has a bunch of cool and unique volunteer opportunities that will inspire and delight. We’re talking about a lesson on river bugs, protecting wild birds, planting a sustainable garden, walking for cancer, or even helping out around a horse ranch! Click through the slideshow for five volunteer opportunities the whole family will enjoy.

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What little bugger doesn’t love bugs? For an exciting twist on volunteering, donate your time on March 14 at River Kids Discovery Days for River Bugs are Cool, a lesson on river bugs and what they can tell us about the health of the San Diego River. Your kids will collect a water sample to check out these critters for themselves. Next, the 1to1 Movement, will lead a fun experiment to show how personal consumption and the waste we create impacts our environment – especially the river and river bugs! Don't' worry if you miss the March 14 event. River Kids Discovery Days has lots of other opportunities your family may enjoy.

Online: riverdiscoverydays.org

Photo credit: The San Diego River Park Foundation Facebook page

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How does your family volunteer in San Diego? Tell us what works for you in the Comments below!

— Elizabeth Silva