Community volunteerism revitalizes the reserve.
Join the thrill of hands-on conservation in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Lagoon Platoon, an all-volunteer community habitat restoration event, occurs monthly on 3rd Saturdays. All the tools needed for restoration are provided, and garden experience is not necessary.
Dig in and join us!
Community restoration events are great opportunities to meet others from nearby areas, while helping to improve native habitats. Each Lagoon Platoon event is led by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy biologists, who oversee activities and lead participants on a mini-tour of the targeted restoration site during the mid-morning break.
Stewards Weekly Workshops -
Every Wednesday morning, our dedicated Stewards learn and apply technical habitat restoration practices while enjoying the beauty of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Contact platoon [at] sanelijo [dot] org (subject: Interested%20Lagoon%20Platoon%20Steward) to find out how you can become a Lagoon Platoon Steward!
Lagoon Platoon activities typically include:
- invasive weed removal
- planting of native species
- debris removal
- trail maintenance
RESTORATION EVENT SUCCESSES
Hundreds of community members join the San Elijo Lagoon Platoon to restore habitat at San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve each year. Here's a few examples of how your efforts have benefited wildlife and special places for our community:
February 15, 2014: Escondido Creek
A core group of dedicated volunteers maximized their Saturday morning while planting 136 native riparian plants and 48 arroyo willow poles (Salix lasiolepis
) along Escondido Creek. During the mid-morning nature hike, volunteers were educated on the flora and fauna within the reserve, including Southern Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus fuliginatus
) and narrow leaf milkweed (Asclepias fascicularis
). Big thanks go out to Einstein Bagels in Solana Beach for fueling volunteers with tasty refreshments. Visit the Conservancy's Facebook page
to see photos from the event.
January 18, 2014: Santa Carina
Volunteers dug into the soil at Santa Carina and planted 175 coastal sage scrub plants including California sagebrush (Artemisia californica
), lemonade berry (Rhus integrifolia
), and black sage (Salvia mellifera
). Thank you to event sponsors Grangetto's Farm and Garden Supply, Einstein Bagels and Sambazon for their support. See pictures from this event on the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Facebook
December 14, 2013: Escondido Creeke
Lagoon Platoon Volunteers installed an impressive 290 native riparian plants along Escondido Creek! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who participated. This event would not have been possible without local event sponsors: Burtech Pipeline, VG Donut & Bakery, and Grangetto's Farm & Garden Supply. We thank them for their generous support. Visit the Conservancy's Facebook
page to see pictures from the event.
November 16, 2013: Ford WHP A great day was had by all during Lagoon Platoon's November community habitat restoration event. Volunteers met at the Ford Wildlife Habitat Preserve and installed 222 native riparian plants! Teen Volunteers in Action and RBV High School's Environmental Club joined Lagoon Platoon to make it an amazing day. Thank you to all the volunteers who joined. Thank you to event sponsors Grangetto's Farm and Garden Supply, Einstein Bagels, Chipotle Mexican Grill, and Sambazon. Head the our Facebook page to see pictures from this event.
October 19, 2013: Ford WHP The fall rains have arrived and with them we welcome the 2013-2014 planting season. Lagoon Platoon volunteers joined San Dieguito United Methodist Church and Rancho Buena Vista UNICEF club to kick off this year’s planting season. Volunteers installed 170 native riparian woodland plants along Escondido Creek. Once establish, these plants will benefit local wildlife by providing habitat for native species. Volunteers enjoyed a Halloween nature walk that focused on the creepy black and yellow argiope spider (Argiope aurantia), the big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), and parasitic witch's hair (Cuscuta sp.). See pictures from the event at The
September 21, 2013: MiraCosta College San Elijo Campus Volunteers from all across California were mobilized for the 29th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. Over 100 volunteers gathered at MiraCosta College’s San Elijo Campus to join San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy to conduct litter removal and habitat restoration. Volunteers collected 550 pounds of trash and recycle. Lagoon Platoon volunteers removed over 500 pounds of iceplant (Carpobrotus edulis) during this event. Thank you to all the wonderful volunteers who made this event a success! Visit The Conservancy Facebook page to see photos from this event.
COMMUNITY HABITAT RESTORATION
Volunteers plant native shrubs during a Lagoon Platoon event.
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Next Lagoon Platoon Event (Rain or Shine):
- Saturday, March 15, 2014
- 9 am - 12 pm
- Click here to RSVP (directions and details will be emailed to registered participants prior to the event)
Complete the Minor Volunteer Information Form (PDF) and nick [at] sanelijo [dot] org (email) it to SELC, or bring it with you to the work party. Volunteers below the age of 13 may not attend because of inherent risks associated with our working environment.
Lagoon Platoon Field Resources:
Get ready for the next community habitat restoration event by reviewing our native plant field guides:
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Citizens Restoring Coastal Habitat
Lagoon Platoon is made possible with funding from USFWS Coastal Program and Earth Island Institute, and support from California Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board, Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project.
Nick Regoli, Associate Biologist
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
Platoon [at] SanElijo [dot] org
(760) 436-3944 x 709
“When people litter and degrade the lagoon, I don’t think they realize how one small piece of trash can affect every species in the area. Volunteering allows me to fix these problems and keep a balance within the lagoon.”—Kelsey Navis, volunteer and high school student
“The catalyst for me to volunteer was the gulf oil spill. I thought it wasn't such a remote possibility that this could happen here.”—Laura Liedtke, docent and SELC member