PUBLIC PROGRAMS



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

FREE NATURE WALKS

NATURE CENTER LOOP TRAIL
Enjoy excellent birding and marine invertebrate sightings for an up-close view of life between the tides. The 1/2-mile Nature Center Loop Trail is ADA-accessible. Walk begins/ends at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, open 9-5 daily.

WILDLIFE WALKS
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. RSVP

  • 2nd Saturdays: 9-11 am
  • Rotating Trails 

SUMMER EVENING WALKS
Explore San Elijo Lagoon as day becomes dusk. Join naturalists for a guided pre-sunset tour of Santa Carina Trail. RSVP

  • 3rd Wednesdays: June 17, July 15, August 19 
  • Time: 5:30 -7 pm

FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS

FAMILY FUN DAYS
Explore the world of water through crafts, self-guided tours, and hands-on activities. Families can discover how we keep water clean and where our daily use of water goes. Continue

FAMILY DISCOVERY DAYS

NOT-SO-SCARY ESTUARY
Meet creepy, crawly, and hooting animals this Halloween at San Elijo Lagoon. Kids can crawl through a giant spider web, go trick-or-treating along the Haunted Hike Nature Trail, and meet live nocturnal animals that really aren't so scary after all. Continue

 
SPOOKTACULAR SUNDAY STROLL
Celebrate BOO-tiful autumn weather by getting an up-close look at intrepid insects, parasites, and spectacular spiders. Join us for this frighteningly fun adventure, ending with a sweet treat. Walk and activities occur at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center. All ages welcome.
  • Sunday, October 18: 3-4 pm
  • RSVP: Members FREE. Sign up here
  • RSVP: Public $5
  • $
HEALTHY HOLIDAY HIKE
Get a healthy start to the holiday season. Join a fast-paced, 6-mile walk through San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. What would you eat if you lived here during the holidays? We’ll make a few stops along the way to taste and discuss our edible discoveries. Recommended Ages 10+
 
  • Saturday, November 7: 8-10:30 am
  • Rios Avenue Trail
  • RSVP: Members FREE. Sign up here
  • RSVP: Public $5
  • $

 

EACH VISIT IS UNIQUE

With daily tides and seasonal changes,
San Elijo Lagoon yields new discoveries each time.

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GUIDED WALKS FOR GROUPS
If your group is larger than 5 people, please arrange for a naturalist-led tour on the Calendar. Select available dates and receive an emailed confirmation.

CONTACT
Elayna Flanders, Education Coordinator
(760) 436-3944 x 702