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View looking west over San Elijo Lagoon
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of San Diego's largest coastal wetlands.
Streams and Tides
HOLIDAY GUIDED WALKS
This holiday season, bring friends and family along for a free Holiday Guided Walk. Excellent birding and marine invertebrate sightings can provide an up-close view of life between the tides. This easy walk, led by Conservancy naturalists, provides an overview of San Elijo Lagoon. The 1/2-mile Nature Center Loop Trail is ADA-accessible. Walk begins/ends at the county-owned San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, open 9-5 daily.
Focus your binoculars and cameras for incredible opportunities to see Osprey, Cormorants on the power poles at the inlet, waterfowl, and the rare Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail that nest in this area. This is San Elijo Lagoon's south side, featuring riparian woodlands and coastal sage scrub, with intimate views of the salt marsh. Read more.
ART & NATURE AT LUX ART INSTITUTE / LAGOON
SNAPSHOT: San Elijo Lagoon
Polish your eco-inspired snapshots by convincing people to "take action" through the use of photography. Janine Free, conservancy docent and photographer, will share tips on composing a picture to tell a story while touring Rios Avenue trail. Choose your favorite spot to photograph at a predetermined time. These moment-in-time images will be shared online to reveal diverse inspirations. All skill levels welcome. Camera or cellphone camera required. Recommended ages 9+. Presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and Lux Art Institute.
RSVP: Lux Art Institute
FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS
Get closer to nature through arts and crafts, interactive games, and discovery walks. Families in September can experience Life Between the Tides while exploring food webs and tidal animals. In October, Be an Animal Detective trains kids to identify who’s been where through animal tracks and scat. Watershed Protectors in November reveals how everyone lives in a watershed, and the ways we work together to keep our waters clean. Suggested donation $1. Read more.
Celebrate the arrival of our feathered friends during the winter bird migration! Bird-themed crafts, face painting, and nature activities are planned for families. Kids will enjoy learning about bird migrations and how to recognize common birds. Read more.
GUIDED WALKS FOR SCOUTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
Groups of 5 or more
Scouts and community group leaders are encouraged to book in advance for ranger-guided tours of San Elijo Lagoon. Please contact the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center for availability and more information: (760) 634-3026
PUBLIC PROGRAMS CONTACT:
Elayna Flanders, Education Coordinator
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SPONSORS:
ADOPT-A-CLASS FIELD TRIPS: