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Events

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.

December 2021

Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Tuesday, December 28, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Wednesday, December 15, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Wednesday, December 01, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Saturday, December 18, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Volunteer Restoration Event

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the Stonebridge Mesa and Santa Carina areas of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Your help is needed as we restore 38 acres of coastal sage scrub habitat, home to a federally endangered bird, the California Gnatcatcher.

Wear comfortable clothing and shoes, a hat, and get ready for hands-on fun in the soil! You can help restoration team members remove invasive species. That will help the newly planted seedlings local to the area, including: California buckwheat, spiny redberry, bush monkeyflower, and indigenous grasses that provide nectar, pollen and seeds for hungry butterflies, insects, birds and other animals.

Thank you for helping us in this 3-year project funded by the Wildlife Conservation Board.

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Marine Protected Area Ambassador Training

  • Friday, December 10, 2021
  • 5 Hours

Welcome to our Marine Protected Area Ambassador Training! Our training will provide a broad overview of Nature Collective with an emphasis on our Swami’s + Cardiff State Beach Ambassador Programs. You can learn how to protect these Marine Protected Areas (MPA) by collecting data on human use of the coast and ocean for the state-wide MPA Watch community science program. Volunteers will also get to know more about the audiences and experiences you will interact with.

– Commit to volunteering at least once a month.
– Be able to walk outside, on the beach, on uneven terrain.
– This training will include both classroom and field training.

Our partners support Nature Collective’s MPA Volunteer Ambassador program: California State Parks + City of Encinitas + WILDCOAST

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Lagoon Restoration Virtual Presentation

  • Thursday, December 16, 2021
  • One hour (online) experience

Join our annual end-of-year presentation about the San Elijo Lagoon Restoration project. What types of habitats are thriving? How are areas of refuge helping birds and other wildlife? Hear updates on the current 50-year ecosystem monitoring program by Nature Collective Science Director Tim Stillinger, PhD.

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Family Fun Day

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021
  • 2 Hours

Join our Family Fun Day: Migrating Ducks!
Enjoy hands-on bird theme activities, from craft-making to animal encounters. Nature gets the spotlight with Nature Collective and San Diego County Parks + Recreation rangers with family-friendly experiences, live presentations, and more. Every month, Nature Collective features a new topic for all the fun.

Each Family Fun Day includes TRACK Trails activity guides. Plus, young attendees can earn a Junior Ranger badge.

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Discovery Tour

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021
  • 1 Hour

Discover the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon: where fresh water and salt water meet and mix, where migratory and resident birds share a sanctuary, where many animals find a home.

Your Nature Collective guided tour, led by volunteer Emmy Garnica, will inspire all to watch and listen for a variety of birds that rest in – and fly across – the salt marsh and mudflats. No matter the season, you can enjoy, photograph, and identify a host of native plants. Our Nature Center Loop Trail is accessible, providing fun for all. Look forward to a new discovery each month!

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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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