In the Field

Guided Nature Walks for School Groups

Roll up your sleeves, put on your walking shoes, and discover the beauty of our own backyard—San Diego County. On your one-hour nature walk, the Museum’s Canyoneers (trained volunteer naturalists) will guide you through a trail that will invigorate your senses. Inhale the fragrant beauty; get up close and personal with some of our native arthropods; touch the flora and learn how to identify local plants. In addition, the Canyoneers will demonstrate how the Kumeyaay Indians adapted to their environment by utilizing available resources.

Canyoneers are available to lead hikes for any age group. Choose from a selection of fantastic walks at popular walk locations or choose one near your school.

San Dieguito County Park, Solana Beach/Rancho Santa Fe: year-round

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve in Poway

Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Poway: spring
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Mira Mesa: fall, spring
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



Available year-round
Fee: $2 per student, minimum $30 per class
Five days a week
Times: 9:30 or 10:45 AM
Group size: 45 students maximum 

California Science Standards
Grade 2 Science, Life; 2. Plants and animals have predictable life cycles. 
Grade 2 Science, Earth; 3. Earth is made of materials that have distinct properties and provide resources for human activities. 
Grade 3 Science, Life; 4. Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for survival.
Grade 4 Science, Life; 3. Living organisms depend on one another and on their environment for survival. 
Grade 4 Science, Earth; 4. The properties of rocks and minerals reflect the processes that formed them.
Grade 5 Science, Life; 2. Plants and animals have structures for respiration, digestion, waste disposal, and transport of materials. 
Grade 5 Science, Earth; 4. Energy from the Sun heats Earth unevenly, causing air movements that result in changing weather patterns. 
Grade 6 Science Shaping Earth’s Surface; 2. Topography is reshaped by the weathering of rock and soil, and by the transportation and deposition of sediment. 
Grade 6 Science, Ecology (Life Sciences); 5. Organisms in ecosystems exchange energy and nutrients among themselves and with the environment.