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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.

February 2022

Volunteer Orientation | February 22

  • Tuesday, February 22, 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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Wildlife Tour | February 12

  • Saturday, February 12, 2022
  • 2 Hours

Experience San Diego wildlife in a fresh way. Volunteer Elizabeth Venrick leads your nature experience.

Whether you’re interested in birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, amphibians, or invertebrates, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve has 1,000+ species to learn about – and see or hear in their natural habitats. Join us for a new adventure on different trails, every month!

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Volunteer Restoration Event February 26

  • Saturday, February 26, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in 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 February 12

  • Saturday, February 12, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in 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 February 23

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the 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 February 16

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the 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 February 09

  • Wednesday, February 09, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the 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 February 02

  • Wednesday, February 02, 2022
  • 3 hours

Join us in our habitat restoration project in the 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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Discovery Tour | February 5

  • Saturday, February 05, 2022
  • 1 Hour

Discover the beauty of San Elijo Lagoon: where fresh water and saltwater 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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Family Fun Day | February 6

  • Sunday, February 06, 2022
  • 2 Hours

Join our Family Fun Day: Nests + Eggs!
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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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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