PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Story time inside the Ewaa, a reproduction Kumeyaay dwelling exhibit at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of San Diego's largest coastal wetlands.
 
FREE NATURE WALKS

LAGOON WALKS at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

  • Every Saturday: 10-11 am
  • Sunday Stroll (3rd Sundays): 3-4 pm

Aromatic Summer (June-August)
Discover the serenity of warmer days, fragrant coastal sage, and summer color, such as the bright yellow petals of the native bush sunflower. Observe social Bushtits that play “follow-the-leader” in flocks and pluck insects off leaves and twigs. This guided walk is an overview of life between the tides at San Elijo Lagoon. 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.

WILDLIFE WALKS (2nd Saturdays)
Santa Helena Trail
July 12, August 9, and September 13: 9-11 am

Access the heart of the East Basin where you can view westward over the lagoon from an elevated mesa. Through patches of coastal sage scrub and grasslands, you can hike west to find remnant salt-tolerant plants and coast cholla. Bring your binoculars to scan for shorebirds probing the mud and raptors preying from above. Shorebirds head north in summer, but wading birds stick around. Trailgoers might see a patient Great Egret uncoil its neck in a quick snap to catch a fish. Read more.

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

SUMMER EVENING WALKS (3rd Wednesdays)
Santa Carina Trail
June 18, July 16, and August 20: 5:30-7 pm

See what comes out when the sun goes down. This is “nature’s happy hour”. With approaching dusk and soft summer winds, night becomes day for some animals. Listen for the call of the Clapper Rail hiding in the reeds or mule deer rustling in the distance. Recommended Ages 9+.

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

FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS

KUMEYAAY SUMMER FAMILY FUN DAYS (1st Sundays)
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
June 1, July 6, and August 3: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Families are invited to learn about the Native American Kumeyaay that relied upon the resources of San Elijo Lagoon for food, clothing, medicines, and tools. Nature crafts and hikes are part of the family fun. Read more.

NOT-SO-SCARY ESTUARY FAMILY DISCOVERY DAYS (Seasonal)
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
October 25-26: 1-4 pm

Meet creepy, crawly and not-so-scary creatures of the night at San Elijo Lagoon. Kids in costume are welcome for trick-or-treating, nature hikes and crafts. Read more

GUIDED WALKS FOR SCOUTS AND COMMUNITY GROUPS
Groups of 5 or more
  
Naturalist-led tours are tailored to feature wildlife, plant communities, or native Kumeyaay culture of the lagoon. Please schedule at least one month in advance of desired date. Guided walks are 1.5 hours. Suggested donation: $50. Donations toward environmental education programs enrich our docent training and educational materials. Thank you for your support of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.
 
Register for your desired walk: Calendar
 

 

 
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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