New! Fall Nature Series

theNAT comes to North County San Diego!

Don't miss out on this first-time opportunity to learn from experts about the incredible plant and animal diversity throughout San Diego County, with a focus on species within San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

The Nature Series Fall program includes Thursday wine and cheese meet & greets,
followed by a slide presentation at MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus by a San Diego Natural History Museum expert. 

**The first 25 people to register are invited to join us on bonus Saturday field tours. But hurry, only 1 spot left!

September 13: Michael Wall, PhD, Curator of Entomology
Sep 15: Insect Discovery Field Tour with Dr. Wall at San Elijo Lagoon**

Michael Wall, Ph.D. joined the San Diego Natural History Museum as curator of entomology in January 2006 and was subsequently named director of the Biodiversity Research Center of the Californias (BRCC). He also currently serves as vice president of science and conservation. In 2008, Dr. Wall coordinated the Museum’s first-ever BioBlitz in which 1,035 species were discovered in Balboa Park over a 24-hour period. While working on both a bachelor of science (B.S.) and master of science (M.S.) in botany at Auburn University, he became interested in the ecological relationships between plants and insects. After completing his doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) in entomology at University of Connecticut in 2004, Dr. Wall received a postdoctoral fellowship to join a global biodiversity inventory (organized by the American Museum of Natural History and the Australian Museum). He is an award-winning teacher and Fulbright Fellow.

October 18: Brad Hollingsworth, PhD, Curator of Herpetology
Oct 20: Reptile Discovery Field Tour with Dr. Hollingsworth at San Elijo Lagoon**

Brad Hollingsworth has served as the San Diego Natural HIstory Museum's curator of herpetology since 2000, after serving as a postdoctoral fellow, guest curator of exhibits, expedition lead herpetologist, museum store employee, and volunteer. He received his doctorate from Loma Linda University and obtained both his M.S. and B.S. from San Diego State University. Brad’s research focuses on the evolution and biogeography of the herpetofauna of Baja California and its associated islands. Brad is also an Adjunct Professor at San Diego State University where he regularly teaches in the Biology Department.

November 15: Phil Unitt, Curator of Birds & Mammals
Nov 17: Bird Discovery Field Tour with Mr. Unitt at San Elijo Lagoon**

Philip Unitt, curator, is a specialist in subspecies identification of California birds and author of The San Diego County Bird Atlas, The Birds of San Diego County and editor of Western Birds, the regional journal of ornithology for western North America.

December 13: Jon Rebman, PhD, Curator of Botany
Dec 15: Plant Life Discovery Field Tour with Dr. Rebman at San Elijo Lagoon**

Jon P. Rebman, Ph.D. has been the Mary and Dallas Clark Endowed chair/curator of botany at the San Diego Natural History Museum since 1996. He has a Ph.D. in botany (plant taxonomy), M.S. in biology (floristics) and B.S. in biology. Dr. Rebman is a plant taxonomist and conducts extensive floristic research in Baja California and in San Diego and Imperial Counties. He has more than 15 years of experience in the floristics of San Diego and Imperial Counties and 21 years experience studying the plants of the Baja California peninsula.

**The first 25 people to register are invited to join us on Saturday field tours. Hurry only 1 spot left.


  • Conservancy Members $60; Public $80
  • Presentation Series: Thursdays from 6-8 pm | Field Tours: Saturdays 9-11 am
  • Recommended ages 12+



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Sponsored by:
California Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast Grant