Connect. Experience. Protect.

Meet San Diego’s Nature Connection

Enjoy San Diego’s one-of-a-kind natural wonders, from marshlands to a famous slot canyon. Convenient to America’s Finest City, you can explore nature anytime.

Nature Collective connects lands and hiking trails, provides experiences for people to fall in love with nature, and protects the beauty all around us. We’re a nonprofit that stewards lands like the San Elijo Lagoon – and offers engaging events for one and all.

We think inclusively and diversely when serving those growing up devoid of nature, those who remember nature and want to connect back to it, and those who already have an affinity with nature. We envision a world where everyone experiences, connects with, and protects nature.


Join your community at the Nature Collective
Volunteer Restoration Event March 22


Volunteer Restoration Event March 22

3 hours

Join us in our San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve habitat restoration project. Your help is needed to grow plants that…

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Volunteer Orientation March 28


Volunteer Orientation March 28

Half-hour (online) experience

Welcome to our Volunteer Orientation! Our half-hour virtual Zoom webinar will provide a broad overview of our organization, the volunteer…

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Discovery Tour | April 2


Discovery Tour | April 2

1 Hour

Discover the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon: where fresh water and saltwater meet and mix, where migratory and resident birds…

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Discover lagoon hikes in San Diego & more
  • Hike the Nature Center Loop Trail

    45 minutes. Easy.

  • N. Rios Trail (West)

  • Stay in the Loop

    Sign up for email updates, including trail openings/closures, new event announcements, and more.


Learn about our latest restoration projects
San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project

The San Elijo Lagoon Restoration, called Reviving Your Wetlands, is one of the largest restoration projects in California.

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Tidal Circulation

We ensure nearly year-round tidal circulation within the San Elijo Lagoon to maintain the health of the ecosystem. 

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Habitat Restoration

We monitor and remove invasive plants, and revegetate our lands with beautiful native plants so native wildlife can use them. 

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