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.

April 2024

May 2024

June 2024

Volunteer Restoration Event | May 18

  • Saturday, May 18, 2024
  • 3 hours

Join us in one of our many habitat restoration projects. Your help is needed to restore precious habitats within San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and the surrounding areas. From removing invasive plants to helping grow native plants indigenous to the area, you help nature thrive, which benefits wildlife and our communities.

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Discovery Tour | May 4

  • Saturday, May 04, 2024
  • 1 Hour

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

This guided tour will inspire all to watch and listen for various 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.

Volunteer Linda Jones leads your nature experience.

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Family Fun Day | May 5

  • Sunday, May 05, 2024
  • 2 Hours

Join our Family Fun Day featuring: Flowers

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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Wildlife Tour | May 11

  • Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • 2 Hours

Are you a fan of sun and sand? Come to Cardiff’s Living Shoreline to explore the restored dunes that protect the Coast Highway from ocean storms. However, the dunes are not just a sandy barrier but a haven for several endangered species. How does anything survive in a parched habitat often too hot for bare feet – a habitat constantly being attacked and washed out to sea by ocean waves? Join us for a beach day with a side of environmental intrigue.

Weather permitting. Wildlife is unpredictable. There is no guarantee of what you will see.

Volunteers Elizabeth Venrick + Mark Jenne will lead your nature experience.

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Exploring Oceans with Artist Randy Roberts | May 3

  • Friday, May 03, 2024
  • 4 Hours

Ready to dive into a captivating realm of water artistry? Join us for the opening reception of “Exploring Oceans” by artist Randy Roberts at Culture Brewing in Encinitas. This fundraiser promises an evening brimming with mesmerizing water-themed art, refreshing beer, and stimulating conversation with fellow nature enthusiasts. And don’t miss the chance to meet Randy Roberts, a local artist and steadfast advocate of Nature Collective. With each purchased artwork, a percentage of the proceeds directly advances Nature Collective in preserving San Diego’s natural wonders. Paintings will be on view May 1 – 31.

Visit Randy Roberts‘ website to purchase artwork and protect nature. https://randyrobertsart.com/

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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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