Upcoming Events
at Nature Collective

Everyone is invited to join us for fun-and-informative events!

Anytime you’re looking for free things to do in San Diego, see what’s happening at Nature Collective. We offer free nature tours and family days. For other events, like a film screening, there’s an admission price that lets us offer these experiences.

Our activities are for anyone in town – from locals to visitors – and all ages.

October 2022

Wildlife Tour | Oct 8

  • Saturday, October 08, 2022
  • 2 Hours

Experience San Diego wildlife in a fresh way.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve is constantly changing: day to night, spring to fall, wet to dry—add our recent restoration efforts, and nothing is ever quite the way it was on your last visit. This tour attempts to keep up with the changes—to visit the “now” spots be they birds, blooms, spiders, or restoration sites. Tours are loosely scripted, leaving flexibility to respond to your interests and questions.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve has 1,000+ species to learn about—and see or hear in their natural habitats. So, join us for a new adventure on different trails every month!

Volunteer Elizabeth Venrick leads your nature experience.

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3-Mile Loop Challenge | Oct 9

  • Sunday, October 09, 2022
  • 2 Hours

Experience San Elijo Lagoon in a new way by participating in our 3-Mile Loop Challenge for National Thrive Outside Day.

The loop will take you over the deeper and wider channels made possible by the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project via the new I-5 suspension bridge. Be sure to stop at our Check-In Stations before beginning your hike for fun activities and your celebratory Loop Challenge sticker.

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Volunteer Orientation | Oct 4

  • Tuesday, October 04, 2022
  • Half-hour (online) experience

Welcome to our Volunteer Orientation! Our half-hour virtual Zoom webinar will provide a broad overview of our organization, the volunteer opportunities available, and locations of volunteering. You will also get to know more about the audiences and experiences you will interact with. This orientation is required for all registered volunteers so that everyone receives the same information and expectations in our collaborative group setting.

Nature Collective’s Volunteer Ambassador program is supported by our partners: California State Parks + City of Encinitas + County of San Diego Parks and Recreation + WILDCOAST

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Not-So-Scary EcoFest October 16

  • Sunday, October 16, 2022
  • 3 hours

When nature is more familiar, it’s not so scary after all!

Discover hoots + howls at our nature-themed Halloween Family Day and discover that creepy crawly creatures are not-so-scary after all!

•Costume contest at noon, prizes for Most Eco-friendly, Best Animal Theme, and Most Creative
•Environmentally friendly craft-making
•Live Animal Encounters: bats, reptiles, raptors
•Interactive nature activities
•Bounce house

Our Not So Scary Eco Festival takes a zero-waste approach to maximize recycling, minimize waste, and reduce consumption by ensuring that items provided at the event are reusable or recyclable. So bring your cup! Coffee, lemonade, water, and Jimbo’s fresh organic fruit are available.

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Have You Seen the Must-Sees?

Slot Canyon

Slot Canyon

See a true natural wonder – right in your county’s backyard

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San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon

Our nearly 1,000-acre reserve is a hiker’s dream

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Nature Center

Nature Center

Visit the friendly hub of the lagoon

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