PUBLIC PROGRAMS


View looking west over San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of San Diego's largest coastal wetlands.
 
  • Every Saturday: 10-11 am
  • Sunday Stroll (3rd Sundays): 3-4 pm 

Streams and Tides 
This guided walk is an overview of life between the tides at San Elijo Lagoon. The lagoon helps clean fresh water from its main tributary, Escondido Creek. The lagoon also filters freshwater runoff from streams and neighborhood storm drains before it reaches the ocean. Visitors might see mullet splash from the surface of the water, or glimpse Herons and Egrets hunting fish and invertebrates in the salt marsh. Recommended all ages. Walk begins/ends at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center. Read more.

HOLIDAY GUIDED WALKS
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

  • November 29: 10-11 am
  • December 20, 21, 27, and January 3: 10-11 am (Note: Dec. 21 is 3-4 pm)

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.

WILDLIFE WALKS (2nd Saturdays)
Rios Avenue Trail
October 11, November 8, December 13: 9-11 am

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.

RSVP. This helps our lead docents anticipate number of participants.

ART & NATURE AT LUX ART INSTITUTE / LAGOON

SNAPSHOT: San Elijo Lagoon
Wednesday, December 10: 10-11 am

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
Cost: $5 members; $10 public

FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS

NATURE'S RELATIONSHIPS FAMILY FUN DAYS (1st Sundays)
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
September 7, October 5, and November 2: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

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.

WINGS OVER WETLANDS FAMILY DISCOVERY DAYS (Seasonal)
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
January 24-25: 1-4 pm

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
 

 
No visit is the same! With daily tides and seasonal changes, San Elijo Lagoon yields new discoveries each time. All walks and family programs are FREE. Public programs are made possible by our members and valued sponsors.

PUBLIC PROGRAMS CONTACT:

Elayna Flanders, Education Coordinator
(760) 436-3944 x 702 or elayna [at] sanelijo [dot] org

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SPONSORS:



  

 

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