We’re planted in a pretty special corner of the world. San Diego and the Baja California Peninsula are home to thousands of unique species, all closely intertwined. Native plants are the foundation of our shared ecosystem: they save water, support wildlife, and make our communities healthier (and prettier!) places to live. A new outdoor exhibit opening in 2024 will introduce visitors to the beautiful and beneficial native plants that make this place so full of life.
Pocket gardens and interpretive trails will surround The Nat’s building with living displays of native and low-water plants that provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. The garden will also serve as the centerpiece of a new outdoor education initiative to teach fifth graders about regional biodiversity in Balboa Park. This free amenity for all Park visitors is our birthday present back to the community that has supported the Museum for almost 150 years.
This project is a cornerstone of our anniversary celebration in 2024 and is part of the Museum’s mission to connect locals and visitors to the nature around them. It is made possible through private philanthropy and partnerships with the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, Spurlock Landscape Architects, and plant and garden advisors throughout the region.
Unique plant groupings and interpretive experiences are waiting to be discovered on all sides of the building. Learn more.
You can show your support for our region’s unique biodiversity and give back to the community through a gift to the Nature Trail. Learn more.
The garden will be a gift to the community that marks our 150 years of commitment to nature in San Diego. We aim to connect more people with the natural world, even if they never step foot inside the Museum. Because we believe nature is the greatest exhibition of all.
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