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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.

Connect

Join your community at the Nature Collective
Virtual Connections | Dunes
28

Jan

Virtual Connections | Dunes

45 minutes (online) experience

Who digs in the dunes? Unearth the science of coastal sand dunes and learn how to protect these fragile habitats!…

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Virtual Connections | Tidepools
04

Feb

Virtual Connections | Tidepools

45 minutes (online) experience

Learn about our local Marine Protected Areas and become a Tidepool Ambassador! In this 45-minute presentation, you can virtually visit…

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Nature Journaling Teacher Training
23

Jan

Nature Journaling Teacher Training

3 virtual lesson series

This interactive 3-part training will provide teachers with the skills and confidence to lead nature journaling lessons. Teachers will gain…

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Experience

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

    45 minutes. Easy.

  • La Orilla Trail

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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