- Visit the Reserve
- The Conservancy
- Seaside Trails
View looking west over San Elijo Lagoon
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of San Diego's largest coastal wetlands.
FREE NATURE WALKS
SATURDAY WALKS / 3rd SUNDAY
Enjoy excellent birding and marine invertebrate sightings for 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.
Explore various trails throughout the seasons. No visit is the same! With conservancy naturalist guides, tours of each trail will reveal new discoveries in plant and animal life at San Elijo Lagoon. Read more.
ART & NATURE
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+.
RSVP: Lux Art Institute
FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS
It's all about the birds this winter as we celebrate our feathered friends during the annual winter migration. Interactive activities and guided walks will aid kids in recognizing common birds and their amazing adaptations. 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 GROUPS
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: