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
Art + Nature Solstice Event
21

Jun

Art + Nature Solstice Event

6-8 pm

Join us to celebrate the union of art + nature at our Lake Drive trail, where you can hike into…

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Family Fun Day
07

Jul

Family Fun Day

11:00am – 1:00pm

Come one, come all to our monthly lagoon learning day! Take a couple of hours out of your weekend to…

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August Discovery Tour
03

Aug

August Discovery Tour

10:00am – 11:00am

Learn about your San Elijo Lagoon – where fresh water and salt water meet and mix, where migratory and resident…

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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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