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

Volunteer Orientation | Dec 13

  • 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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Family Fun Day | December 4

  • Sunday, December 04, 2022
  • 2 Hours

Join our Family Fun Day featuring: Bird Migration!
Enjoy hands-on activities, from craft-making to animal encounters. Nature gets the spotlight with Nature Collective and San Diego County Parks + Recreation rangers with family-friendly experiences, live presentations, and more. Every month, Nature Collective features a new topic for all the fun.

Each Family Fun Day includes TRACK Trails activity guides. Plus, young attendees can earn a Junior Ranger badge.

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Discovery Tour | December 3

  • Saturday, December 03, 2022
  • 1 Hour

Discover the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon: where fresh water and saltwater meet and mix, where migratory and resident birds share a sanctuary, where many animals find a home.

Your Nature Collective guided tour, led by volunteer Emmy Garnica, will inspire all to watch and listen for a variety of birds that rest in – and fly across – the salt marsh and mudflats. No matter the season, you can enjoy, photograph, and identify a host of native plants. Our Nature Center Loop Trail is accessible, providing fun for all. Look forward to a new discovery each month!

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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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