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 (the new name of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy) 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 non-profit 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.

Connect

Join your community at the Nature Collective
AWE Gala
05

Oct

AWE Gala

6-9pm

Engage in an enchanting evening – to benefit Nature Collective programs that inspire, connect with and protect nature in San…

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Not So Scary Estuary
13

Oct

Not So Scary Estuary

5 hours

Come one, come all to our special Halloween-themed Not-So-Scary-Estuary lagoon learning day! Enjoy hands-on interactive activities, from craft-making to animal…

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Discovery Tour
02

Nov

Discovery Tour

1 Hour

Learn about your San Elijo Lagoon with volunteer leader Mike Blanco – where fresh water and salt water meet and…

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Experience

Discover lagoon hikes in San Diego & more
  • Check out Annie's Canyon Trail

    40 minutes. Easy with some strenuous portions.

  • Hike the Nature Center Loop Trail

    45 minutes. Easy.

  • Visit the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Protect

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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