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 2021

Volunteer Orientation

  • Thursday, October 07, 2021
  • 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 collective 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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Family Fun Day

  • Sunday, October 03, 2021
  • 2 Hours

Join our Family Fun Day: BATS!
Enjoy hands-on bat theme activities, from craft-making to animal encounters with Project Wildlife. Nature Collective and San Diego County Parks + Recreation rangers present 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, October 02, 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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Not So Scary Fall Festival

  • Sunday, October 17, 2021
  • 3 hours

Discover hoots + howls at our nature-themed Halloween Family Day!

Costumes are encouraged! Kids can join hands-on interactive activities, from craft-making to live animal encounters. Nature gets the spotlight with a fun variety of family-friendly experiences and nature walks in a Halloween theme.

Join Nature Collective with County Parks rangers to discover that creepy crawly creatures are not-so-scary after all! Refreshments and water available.

– Hawk Talk live 11:00 am
– Win costume prizes 12:00 pm

Nature Collective exists to drive a passion for nature, for all. We believe that if we help people discover a passion for nature, they will want to protect and value everything it has to offer.

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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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