- Visit the Reserve
- The Conservancy
- Gateway Park
View looking west over San Elijo Lagoon
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is one of San Diego's largest coastal wetlands.
FREE NATURE WALKS
LAGOON RESTORATION WALKABOUT
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Saturday, October 4: 10-11 am
Come visualize the restoration of San Elijo Lagoon with Doug Gibson, executive director and principal scientist for the conservancy. Gibson will lead a tour that begins and ends at the nature center. Various proposals to improve water quality and tidal circulation will be discussed during the stroll, in addition to timelines and what neighbors and lagoon visitors can expect to see during the work period. Capacity is limited to 25 participants. Additional Restoration Walkabout dates will be announced soon.
RSVP: Tour can accommodate up to 25 guests
Streams and Tides (September-November)
Focus your binoculars and cameras for incredible opportunities to see Osprey, Cormorants on the power poles at the inlet, waterfowl, and the rare Ridgway's (Clapper) Rail that nest in this area. This is San Elijo Lagoon's south side, featuring riparian woodlands and coastal sage scrub, with intimate views of the salt marsh. Read more.
ART & NATURE AT LUX ART INSTITUTE / LAGOON
SNAPSHOT: San Elijo Lagoon
Polish your eco-inspired snapshots by convincing people to "take action" through the use of photography. Janine Free, conservancy docent and photographer, will share tips on composing a picture to tell a story while touring Rios Avenue trail. Choose your favorite spot to photograph at a predetermined time. These moment-in-time images will be shared online to reveal diverse inspirations. All skill levels welcome. Camera or cellphone camera required. Recommended ages 9+. Presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy and Lux Art Institute.
RSVP: Lux Art Institute
FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS
Get closer to nature through arts and crafts, interactive games, and discovery walks. Families in September can experience Life Between the Tides while exploring food webs and tidal animals. In October, Be an Animal Detective trains kids to identify who’s been where through animal tracks and scat. Watershed Protectors in November reveals how everyone lives in a watershed, and the ways we work together to keep our waters clean. Suggested donation $1. 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.
Register for your desired walk: Calendar
PUBLIC PROGRAMS CONTACT:
Elayna Flanders, Education Coordinator
ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION SPONSORS:
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