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Request for Statement of Qualification

Fields of the Future

Nature Collective Fields of the Future

Nature Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a nationally award-winning land trust and educational organization. We steward the lands and waters of the 1,000-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, and beyond. We are based in Encinitas, California.

We invite you to submit a Statement of Qualification to be used to select a shortlist of candidates for participation in a limited Request For Proposals and Request for Conceptual Drawings that will guide the development of our Nature Collective Fields of the Future — a 95-acre mixed-use community sculpture space with new trail connections, open space, and agriculture in Encinitas, California. Opening 2025.

In 2016, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) purchased a 26-acre former agricultural property adjacent to San Elijo Lagoon to serve as a staging area for the duration of the construction phase of the North Coast Corridor Program (Build NCC) project of highway, railroad, and environmental enhancements. In addition to coordinating with Nature Collective to accomplish the $120 million restoration of San Elijo Lagoon, Caltrans entered an agreement with Nature Collective to transfer 18 of the 26 acres of staging area to Nature Collective at the conclusion of construction activities.

In 2017 Nature Collective purchased 77 additional acres of canyons and bluffs neighboring a former agricultural property and San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. With these combined acquisitions, Nature Collective will guide the 95-acre project space into the future:

  • 88 acres will be dedicated to the conservation of open space.
  • The remaining 7 acres will be dedicated to an environment that creates a learning experience without walls—one meant for the elements of the seasons, featuring 10 naturally inspired sculptural installations, agricultural operations, and community space. It is this 7-acre portion of the property that is the focus of this development project.

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The review team will accept electronic submissions only. Submissions will be made to [email protected]
All submittals must be received by 5:00 p.m. PST on November 8, 2021.