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Volunteers are vital to Ilan-Lael! For many years volunteers have been integral to the success of our mission at Ilan-Lael. They help us with art projects, events, tours and the general care and keeping of our 10-acre home and studio compound.

Current Schedule for OPEN Volunteer Days:

April 30th Volunteer Day:

Saturday April 30th for this year’s first Open Volunteer Day. 10am – 3pm

The days volunteer activities include the following:
Garden with Mati Moon, Ilan-Lael’s gardener
Archive the Hubbell Collection with Laurel Costa
Beautify Ilan-Lael and prep for Open House with Emilie Ledieu
Share the Magic and become an Ilan-Lael docent. Executive Director, Marianne Gerdes will be leading a docent training workshop

Click here to RSVP

Hubbell Open House & Studio Tours

Our yearly Open House tours are a fun way to be active with our community. Our tours have changed since 2020 and we now have two open house “tour seasons” in the spring and fall, we have more dates available and they are much smaller, docent led tours. With this new model, the volunteer experience is more relaxing and manageable. We also have a lot of dusting, window washing and sweeping to prepare for the tours so there are ample opportunities to come up to the properly for a “Work Day”. You won’t regret spending time in the most unique art locale in San Diego amid the beauty and tranquility of the Laguna Mountains.

Private Tours

Docents support our private tours which are scheduled in the spring and fall. Spend an hour or two sharing this one-of-a-kind space with our guests, sharing the Hubbell’s story and the beauty of art, architecture and nature.


Work with our maintenance and landscape teams as we keep the art in tip-top shape. Volunteers are needed to clean and repair artworks, mosaics, help in our organic gardens, and for general office work.

Archive Project

Not into physical labor? No worries, we have volunteering opportunities in the Hubbell Archive project that include data entry, photography and sorting.


If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer for our next Open House tour, Private Tours or Maintenance, please CLICK HERE to sign up.  All volunteers are required to fill out a Volunteer Waiver Release Form