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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
Become A Volunteer Ambassador
01

Jun

Become A Volunteer Ambassador

Volunteer monthly for a couple of hours

Do you have a few weekend hours, each month? Because you love the outdoors, we invite you to join us…

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Celebrate Earth Day Every Day
22

Apr

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 Reflections
22

Apr

Nature Reflections

15-60 min

Join us in this reflective online experience. Find a beautiful and quiet space to observe nature. What do you see,…

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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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