Volunteers plant native coastal sage scrub vegetation along Santa Carina trail.

REVITALIZING The Reserve With Community Conservation

Join the thrill of hands-on conservation in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve with Lagoon Platoon. All the tools for restoration are provided, and experience is not necessary. Each event is led by a Conservancy biologist who oversees activities and a Conservancy naturalist who will lead participants on a brief tour. You can help with native seed collection, planting, invasive plant removal and propagation efforts at the San Elijo Native Plant Nursery
Have Time on Wednesday Mornings?
You can learn and apply technical habitat restoration practices while enjoying the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon. Wednesday volunteers are our stewards who work behind the scenes to prepare habitat sites throughout the reserve. 
Inquire: joe [at] sanelijo [dot] org

RESTORATION Successes 2016-2017

Your efforts benefit wildlife and create special places for our community.
Santa Carina 
Lagoon Platoon volunteers restored .45 acres of coastal sage scrub at our newest Santa Carina restoration site.  Volunteers planted more than 2000 native plants, 1500 of which were grown at our own native plant nursery.  
Annie's Canyon Trail
Volunteers continued the transformation at Annie's Canyon Trail by planting 500 native plants.  This new site is helping stabilize the entrance to the canyon which is prone to erosion issues.  
Ford Wildlife Habitat Preserve
Lagoon Platoon volunteers planted over 400 native alkali marsh plants along the Esconido Creek flood plain.

EVENTS are 3rd Saturdays 9 am-12 pm, unless otherwise noted.

January 19

La Orilla Restoration Site Planting 

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February 16

Santa Carina Restoration Site Planting 

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March 16

Location TBD

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Complete Minor Volunteer Information Form and bring with you.



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Joe DeWolf, Associate Biologist | Community Restoration Program
joe [at] sanelijo [dot] org | (760) 436-3944 x 709