Guided Nature Hikes

Available year-round

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. For availability, call the Education Department at 619.255.0349.

Group size: 15 student minimum, 32 student maximum per 1-hour hike

Hikes are available Monday-Friday at 9:30 AM and/or 10:45 AM at the locations listed below. Once a location is selected, please register online or call 619.255.0349. Don’t see a hike available near your school? Contact the Education Department directly at 619.255.0349 or by email at to inquire about your preferred location.

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San Dieguito County Park, Solana Beach/Rancho Santa Fe: year-round
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway: spring
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