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Venture into the great outdoors with Nature Collective!

Whether you’re a San Diegan or visiting on vacation, come explore our lands. Looking for things to do in San Diego today – or any day? See what we’re up to! Our organization offers events, hikes, volunteer opportunities, and more.

Slot Canyons

  • Moderate – Hard

Venture into a rare rock formation. From the top, hikers see stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

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Santa Inez trail

  • Easy

Abundant wildflowers in springtime. Peaceful scenery year-round. Pass by our Native Plant Nursery at the beginning or end of your trek.

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bird watching

Wings Over Wetlands

  • January 26, 2020: 10 am-3 pm

Join the annual festival celebrating our feathered friends at San Elijo Lagoon! Look for local birds that live in the lagoon all year and for birds that visit from faraway places. All ages can enjoy bird-themed activities, live presentations, food truck (cost) and more. Co-presented by Nature Collective + San Diego County Parks and Recreation.

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Nature Collective biologist looks through binoculars

Backyard Bird Count

  • February 16, 2020: 10 am-2 pm

Join nature enthusiasts to participate in a global community science bird count. Locally, your setting for the Great Backyard Bird Count will be San Elijo Lagoon. All ages and skill levels are welcome. If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

You are likely to observe a variety of birds that rest in – and fly across – the salt marsh and mudflats.

Backyard Bird Count

With Nature Collective, there’s something for everyone!

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Bird Counts

Explore monthly bird counts and comparative tables for bird species that have been observed in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.

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San Elijo Lagoon Restoration Project

Learn about the work being done to Revive Our Wetlands at San Elijo Lagoon.

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Annie's Canyon Trail

Discover the beauty of Annie’s Canyon’s naturally eroding sandstone walls and panoramic views of both the Pacific Ocean and the San Elijo Lagoon from the top. 

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