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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
Aromatic Summer (June-August)
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.
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+.
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FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS
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.
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.
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PUBLIC PROGRAMS CONTACT:
Elayna Flanders, Education Coordinator
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