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
Virtual Connections


Virtual Connections

50 minutes each live (online) exerience

Let’s experience amazing animals, plants, and places you can help protect! Join our new monthly Inside + Outside series created…

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day


Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

60 min

Join us in this online celebration of Earth Day Every Day by creating a piece of art inspired by your…

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Nature Collective Video Library


Nature Collective Video Library


Join Nature Collective’s YouTube channel for current and upcoming videos that celebrate our nature connections, experiences and protection for all…

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

    45 minutes. Easy.

  • La Orilla Trail


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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