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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!

Calendar News Release: February 23, 2021

Nature Collective Presents: Virtual Animal Experiences March to May

Discover the ocean worlds of octopus, seahorses and sharks. With a focus on Marine Protected Areas, participants can learn how the protection of ocean habitats is critical for all species, and our communities.

Series Hosts: Nature Collective + Living Coast Discovery Center + San Pasqual HS Environmental Club

Series Support: Encinitas Community Grant Program + Coastal Quest + Ocean Protection Council

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Calendar News Release: January 15, 2021

Virtual Connections to Feature Dunes, Tidepools, and Journaling

Nature Collective Takes Viewers to Local Seashore Habitats + Educator Workshop on Nature Journaling

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.

Virtual Connections: Tidepools and Dunes, are made possible with support from: Nature Collective + Ocean Protection Council + Coastal Quest + California State Parks + City of Encinitas

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CALENDAR NEWS: November 30, 2020

Low King Tide Discovery Experiences December 10, 14, 15

Nature Collective Hosts Virtual Connections + Tidepool Ambassador Experiences at Swami’s Beach. Experience December’s king tide events—at the lowest tide! About 7 hours after the peak high tide, beach goers can get a closer look at critters in this amazing part of our coast that is typically hidden underwater. Experience the wonders of tidepools and learn how to become a Nature Collective Tidepool Ambassador.

Made possible with support from: Nature Collective + Ocean Protection Council + Coastal Quest + California State Parks + City of Encinitas

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Nature Collective Announces Grand Opening for Harbaugh Seaside Trails, February 22

The newest open space for public enjoyment in coastal North County will be dedicated in a private donor sunset ceremony on Saturday, February 22, 2020. Harbaugh Seaside Trails is the three-acre coastal overlook, designated permanent open space for all, linking Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Solana Beach along historic Coast Highway 101.

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Cardiff State 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.

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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

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].

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Leopard Shark
Photo credit: Living Coast Discovery Center

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Lined Seahorse
Photo credit: Living Coast Discovery Center

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Giant Pacific Octopus
Photo credit: Living Coast Discovery Center

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Be a Tidepool Ambassador
Photo by Nature Collective

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Lagoon Colors At Sunset

Credit: Terry Rodgers

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Lagoon With Clouds

Credit: Kamala Venkatesh

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Donor Monument Sunset View, designed and photographed by public artist Betsy K. Schulz

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Native Sand Verbena at Cardiff Living Shoreline

Credit: California State Parks

 

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Lagoon Marsh

Credit: Todd McWethy

Media Resources

Impact Report 2017: Rooted in Flight

Impact Report 2017:
Rooted in Flight

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Lagoon Tidings Magazine

Lagoon Tidings Magazine

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Lagoon Connections Blog

Lagoon Connections Blog

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Lagoon Views e-Newsletter

Lagoon Views
e-Newsletter

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Reach Out

Please direct all media inquiries to Doug or Jennifer:

Doug Gibson

Executive Director | Principal Scientist
858.704.4552

Jennifer Bright

Development + Communications Director
858.704.4560