Contact: Sue Evarts, Volunteer Coordinator, 760-839-4241 or 760-855-6316

The Daley Ranch Volunteer Association is now accepting applications for coveted positions as Volunteer Naturalists. Training classes for Naturalists will begin on Saturday, January 7 and continue through February 25, 2012.  Trainees will learn about the cultural and natural history of this area in these Saturday morning classes. Courses include botany, reptiles, birds, mammals, Native American studies, and geology as well as training in Basic First Aid and CPR. Upon completion, volunteers will lead visitors on tours of the Daley Ranch trails and talk about what can be seen from the peaks, valleys, and scenic overlooks. No prior training or experience is required.

To join this team of well-trained Naturalists, pick up an application at the Dixon Lake Ranger Station, download one from the Escondido website (, or call the Volunteer Office at 760-839-4241 and leave your name and address to have an application mailed.

The Daley Ranch has over 22 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails and is open daily from dawn to dusk. The hills and valleys of the area were once frequented by the Luiseño, Kumeyaay, and other local bands of Native Americans. Their presence may be found in many areas of the Ranch. A beautiful redwood house, built in 1925 and located in the middle of the meadow, is being renovated and will be open to the public in the near future. In 1869, Robert Daley first settled in the area, building a log cabin and eventually laying claim to over 1600 acres. Further acquisitions gave the Ranch the 3,058 acres enjoyed today as a mitigation bank preserve, operated by the City of Escondido. 

Visit the Daley Ranch website at and click on Daley Ranch to learn more about this unique, historic area located in the north eastern section of the City of Escondido.