Guided Nature Hikes

Available October - May | 2nd – 12th Grade

The Museum offers free nature hikes for school-age children. Hikes are available in multiple locations throughout the county and are guided by Canyoneers, volunteer naturalists trained by Museum staff and scientists. This free program is made possible by generous funding from Subaru of America and the Canyoneers.

Group size: 32 students per 1-hour hike (15 student minimum).
Availability: Monday – Friday at 9:30 AM and/or 10:45 AM; Limited to one reservation per week.
Chaperones: We require a 1:8 chaperone to student ratio.

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San Dieguito County Park, Solana Beach/Rancho Santa Fe: year-round
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Mira Mesa: year-round
Torrey Pines State Reserve Extension, Del Mar: year-round
San Elijo Lagoon, Solana Beach: year-round


Kate O. Sessions Memorial Park, Pacific Beach: spring
San Clemente Canyon West, University City/Clairemont: year-round
Florida Canyon, Balboa Park: spring


Old Mission Dam, Santee: year-round
Mission Trails Regional Park, Santee: year-round


Rice Canyon, Chula Vista: year–round

Don’t see a hike listed above near your school? Contact the Education Department directly at 619.255.0349 or by email at to inquire about your preferred location.