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.

Why volunteer?

  • Volunteers enjoy special access to Ilan-Lael in exchange for volunteer service
  • Become part of our community
  • Volunteer appreciation parties! These are scheduled bi-annually and are held exclusively for volunteers, Can anyone say Pool Party?!
  • 30% off on all bookstore items, excluding gallery items.

Current Schedule for Volunteer Opportunities:

OPEN VOLUNTEERING WORK DAYS – Open work days are a perfect opportunity to give back to the community while helping us care for the iconic Ilan-Lael property. We invite you to bring along friends to share in the experience on these informal and fun work days. We have activities in the garden, archive, docent training and property clean up. Whatever your interest or skills, we will find a task for you. We begin at 10AM and break for a communal lunch around 12noon, so bring a lunch and water bottle.

  • 2024 OPEN VOLUNTEER WORK DAYS – 4th Friday of each month: 
  • June 28th
  • August 2nd Volunteer Appreciation Day
  • August 23rd
  • September 27th
  • October 25th
  • November 22nd



TOUR/ EVENT VOLUNTEERING – Docent Training and Volunteering Opportunities – This spring we are seeking trained docents to lead tours. We also need volunteers help in the bookstore and various crowd control tasks. The tour day runs from 9am – 3pm but if you can only attend a portion of the day, let us know and we can usually accommodate. Not a trained docent yet? Give us a ring and we’ll inform you of several upcoming training sessions—a great way to learn more about the property and spend the day with like-minded friends who love art, nature, and the Hubbell property. RSVP required and more details to follow.


October 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21

CLICK HERE to join our volunteer list and fill out information about yourself

Hubbell Home and Studio Tours

Our yearly docent-led tours are a fun way to be active with our community. Our tours have changed since 2020 and we now have two docent-led “tour seasons” in the spring and fall, we have more dates available and they are more intimate. 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 story and the beauty of art, architecture and nature.

Maintenance and Garden

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.

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