PUBLIC PROGRAMS


Bird viewing along Santa Inez Trail during Wildlife Walks

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

LAGOON WALKS at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

  • Every Saturday: 10-11 am
  • Sunday Stroll (3rd Sundays): 3-4 pm

Greening of the Lagoon (March-May)
With twigs in beak, busy birds prepare to nest at San Elijo Lagoon. Birdsong is carried along coastal breezes. Plants begin to revive from winter dormancy. The lagoon is abuzz with crawly, whizzing and fluttering insects and birds over emerging blooms. Recommended All Ages. Read more.

WILDLIFE WALKS (2nd Saturdays)
Santa Carina Trail
May 10 & June 14: 9-11 am

Set out traversing coastal sagebrush with chaparral communities on the hills in the lagoon's south side. Underfoot are broken bits of shells, reminders of the native people who once lived here. You will see the fresh water marsh below, and if lucky, you might glimpse mule deer that reside in the eastern region of the reserve. Read more.

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FREE FAMILY PROGRAMS

SCURRY, SLITHER & SLIDE FAMILY FUN DAY (1st Sundays)
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
May 4: 11:30 am-1:30 pm

Families are invited to learn about animals and reptiles that scurry, slither and slide at San Elijo Lagoon. Nature crafts and hikes are part of the family fun. Read more.

NOT-SO-SCARY ESTUARY FAMILY DISCOVERY DAYS (Seasonal)
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
October 25-26: 1-4 pm

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.
 
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No visit is the same! With daily tides and seasonal changes, San Elijo Lagoon yields new discoveries each time. All walks and family programs are FREE. Public programs are made possible by our members and valued sponsors.

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