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
Wings Over Wetlands
26

Jan

Wings Over Wetlands

5 hours

Join the annual festival celebrating our feathered friends at San Elijo Lagoon! Look for local birds that live in the…

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Volunteer El Corazon Oceanside
14

Dec

Volunteer El Corazon Oceanside

2.5 hours

When you help plant native species – thus rehabilitating our habitats – you make a difference. Join City of Oceanside,…

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Volunteer Harbaugh Seaside Trails
07

Dec

Volunteer Harbaugh Seaside Trails

3 hours

When you help plant native species – thus rehabilitating our habitats – you make a difference. Join us for this…

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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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