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Events

Upcoming Events
at Nature Collective

Everyone is invited to join us for fun-and-informative events!

Anytime you’re looking for free things to do in San Diego, see what’s happening at Nature Collective. We offer free nature tours and family days. For other events, like a film screening, there’s an admission price that lets us offer these experiences.

Our activities are for anyone in town – from locals to visitors – and all ages.

December 2022

Wildlife Tour | December 10

  • Saturday, December 10, 2022
  • 2 Hours

Experience San Diego wildlife in a fresh way.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is constantly changing: day to night, spring to fall, wet to dry—add our recent restoration efforts, and nothing is ever quite the way it was on your last visit. This tour attempts to keep up with the changes—to visit the “now” spots be they birds, blooms, spiders, or restoration sites. Tours are loosely scripted, leaving flexibility to respond to your interests and questions.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve has 1,000+ species to learn about—and see or hear in their natural habitats. So, join us for a new adventure on different trails every month!

Volunteer Elizabeth Venrick leads your nature experience.

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Volunteer Restoration Event December 28

  • Wednesday, December 28, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve habitat restoration project. Your help is needed to grow plants that will help restore 55 acres of riparian habitat along Escondido Creek, home to a federally endangered bird, the Least Bell’s Vireo. The plants you help grow will also enhance the connectivity of wildlife corridors for mammals such as Mule Deer.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event December 21

  • Wednesday, December 21, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve habitat restoration project. Your help is needed to grow plants that will help restore 55 acres of riparian habitat along Escondido Creek, home to a federally endangered bird, the Least Bell’s Vireo. The plants you help grow will also enhance the connectivity of wildlife corridors for mammals such as Mule Deer.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event December 14

  • Wednesday, December 14, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve habitat restoration project. Your help is needed to grow plants that will help restore 55 acres of riparian habitat along Escondido Creek, home to a federally endangered bird, the Least Bell’s Vireo. The plants you help grow will also enhance the connectivity of wildlife corridors for mammals such as Mule Deer.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event December 7

  • Wednesday, December 07, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve habitat restoration project. Your help is needed to grow plants that will help restore 55 acres of riparian habitat along Escondido Creek, home to a federally endangered bird, the Least Bell’s Vireo. The plants you help grow will also enhance the connectivity of wildlife corridors for mammals such as Mule Deer.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Orientation | December 3

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022
  • 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 opportunities available, and locations of volunteering. You will also learn more about the audiences and experiences. This orientation is required for all registered volunteers so that everyone receives the same information and expectations in our collaborative group setting.

Our partners support Nature Collective’s Volunteer Ambassador program: California State Parks + City of Encinitas + County of San Diego Parks and Recreation.

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San Elijo Lagoon Restoration + Monitoring Presentation

  • Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • 1 hour

Join our annual end-of-year presentation about the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration project. What types of habitats are thriving? How are areas of refuge helping birds and other wildlife? Hear updates on the current 50-year ecosystem monitoring program by Nature Collective Science Director Tim Stillinger, Ph.D.

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Have You Seen the Must-Sees?

Slot Canyon

Slot Canyon

See a true natural wonder – right in your county’s backyard

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San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon

Our nearly 1,000-acre reserve is a hiker’s dream

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Nature Center

Nature Center

Visit the friendly hub of the lagoon

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