Who We Are

Working to connect trails in the coastal San Diego wetlands, we help people experience nature and inspire a love for protecting the land. The Nature Collective (formerly the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy) is a group of scientists + nature enthusiasts who want future generations to appreciate – and preserve – the living world.

Press Releases

Making news as we offer things to do in North County San Diego, and beyond!


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Nature Collective Announces AWE Gala Tickets Now on Sale

When was the last time you felt in awe of nature? Nature Collective, formerly San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, will host an imaginative fundraiser to inspire guests to join in the benefit of nature for all at the premier Fairbanks Ranch Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe.

AWE is an enchanting evening to benefit Nature Collective experiences that inspire everyone to connect with and protect nature in San Elijo Lagoon, and beyond.

Please see approved photo section below for downloadable images.

Cardiff State Beach Living Shore Beach Living Shoreline Dedicated 

North County San Diego residents and officials today celebrated the opening of the Cardiff State Beach Living Shoreline project. The half-mile coastal area located at Cardiff State Beach was created to add a ‘living shoreline’ sand dune system to protect Coast Highway 101 from ocean surges.

Please see approved photo section below for downloadable images.

Improvements Begin on North County’s Harbaugh Seaside Trails

A view of the Lagoon and Pacific Ocean from the site of Harbaugh Seaside Trails, expected to open in early 2020.

Encinitas Environmental Award:

City of Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear awards the Encinitas Excellence in Environmental Stewardship Award to Doug Gibson, San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy Executive Director and Principal Scientist on October 7, 2018 at the annual Surfing Madonna Beach Run. Photo by Jim Wang

Recent Media Mentions

Season of Giving Back
Greening + Lagoon Restoration
THANK-UARY + Matching Gift Foundation
Leading By Example
Your Year-End Gifts Are Matched!
Giving Tuesday Begins! Nature Needs Your Support.
Your Holiday Gifts Are Matched!
Final Donor Tiles Available + Harbaugh Seaside Trails
Next Gen Science
Visiting Jimmy’s Bench
Shaping Emerging Leaders
In AWE of You! Gala Funds Nature for All
Brush Fire Extinguished + San Elijo Lagoon
Nature Collective’s AWE Auction + 2 Days Left!
Stopping Sea Lavender + Agua Hedionda Lagoon
The Science Behind Tea Time + San Elijo Lagoon
Escondido Charitable Foundation + More Kids Outdoors
Be In AWE! Gala Auction Underway
Bidding Begins! Join AWE Auction
Art + Nature at Harbaugh Seaside Trails
Your Impacts + Your Gifts
Welcome, Vista Unified School District!
Coming “Dune” This Fall + Lagoon Restoration
Your Gifts + Loving Nature
Opening the Outdoors + The San Diego Foundation
Cord Grass Nursery + Lagoon Restoration
New Trail Underway + Lagoon Restoration
Summer Camps Grow Youth Leaders
Grant Award + Harbaugh Seaside Trails
Encinitas New Trail Celebration
We are Nature Collective
Protecting California’s Coast with Armor and Habitat

KPBS-NPR: March 26, 2019

Everything to Know About Restoring San Elijo Lagoon
San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Progressing Fast into Next Phase

Approved Photos

You are free to use these photos with permission as long as you include the photographer’s credit and send an email with the link to where they are being used to [email protected].

Cardiff State Beach Dedication Ceremony

Credit: Nature Collective

Native Sand Verbena at Cardiff Living Shoreline

Credit: California State Parks


Cardiff State Beach Before Cardiff Living Shoreline Project

Credit: California State Parks

Cardiff State Beach After Cardiff Living Shoreline Project

Credit: California State Parks

Beach Access at Cardiff Living Shoreline

Credit: California State Parks

Lagoon Colors At Sunset

Credit: Terry Rodgers

Excavation in the Lagoon

Credit: Todd McWethy

Nature Amphitheater

Credit: Todd McWethy

Lagoon Marsh

Credit: Todd McWethy

Volunteers At The Lagoon

Credit: Nature Collective

Lagoon Overlook From Trail

Credit: Lorenzo Menendez

Lagoon With Clouds

Credit: Kamala Venkatesh

Slot Canyons

Credit: Nature Collective

Media Resources

Impact Report 2017: Rooted in Flight

Impact Report 2017:
Rooted in Flight

Lagoon Tidings Magazine

Lagoon Tidings Magazine

Lagoon Connections Blog

Lagoon Connections Blog

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Lagoon Views e-Newsletter

Lagoon Views

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Please direct all media inquiries to Doug or Jennifer:

Doug Gibson

Executive Director | Principal Scientist

Jennifer Bright

Development + Communications Director