San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve (Rios Avenue Trailhead)

Saturday, May 26, 2018 7 AM

The Reserve has more than 250 species of shore and water birds in multiple plant communities that include marsh, sage scrub, and chaparral.

Desert Discovery Family Day

Monday, May 28, 2018 11 AM

Far from deserted, our deserts are full of plant and animal life.

Lake Hodges (Piedras Pintadas Trail)

Saturday, June 2, 2018 7 AM

The aptly named Piedras Pintadas (Òpainted rocksÓ) trail explores a small part of the rich San Diego County Kumeyaay Indian culture and habitat by following a well-marked trail with interpretive plaques.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Green Valley Falls Loop)

Sunday, June 3, 2018 9 AM

Get an early-morning start at the falls and then hike along the east side of the Sweetwater River.

San Diego River Estuary (San Diego Estuary) New!

Saturday, June 9, 2018 7 AM

The Army Corps of Engineers built rock-faced dikes on both sides of the San Diego River that have created an estuary that is home to numerous birds, fish, and invertebrates.

Palomar Mountain State Park (Thunder Spring/Chimney Flats)

Sunday, June 10, 2018 8 AM

Enjoy a picturesque trail to Thunder Spring while hiking through bracken fern, oaks, and conifers.

Nature & Me Storytime - Insects

Thursday, June 14, 2018 10 AM

Come enjoy an imaginative journey into nature through dynamic readings and visits to exhibitions.

Mission Trails Regional Park (Lake Murray—Kiowa)

Saturday, June 16, 2018 8 AM

Look for seasonal wildflowers and water birds on this out-and-back walk to the west side of the lake toward the dam that was built in 1918.

Sunset Cliffs Natural Park (Linear Park Trail) New! Midweek

Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8 AM

Dramatic ocean views and impressive cliffs overlooking pocket beaches are the hallmark of this park.

Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Azalea Glen)

Sunday, June 24, 2018 8 AM

This loop trail begins and ends at Paso Picacho Campground.

Family Programs

Family Days and Nature & Me Storytime are included in the price of admission to the Museum. As always, these events are free for Museum members. Learn more.

Public Programs

For naturalists of all ages, we offer guided nature hikes, whale watching, film festivals, and expert lectures. Learn more.