September 2007
Please scroll down to see items of interest that are happening in the River Park!
Volunteer Patrolmembers

For all new and returning Trail Patrol Volunteers

Annual Trail Patrol Training

Saturday, October 13th

9:00am - 3:00pm

Train to become a San Dieguito River Park Volunteer Trail Patrol Member.

Protect the natural and cultural resources of the Park and provide information and assistance to Park patrons while you exercise in the fresh air and sunshine! Volunteers are asked to commit to at least one three or four hour patrol shift a month. Trail Patrol Volunteers will be trained in visitor relations, two-way radio procedures and equipment, and emergency situations. Whether you're interested in walking the trails, patrolling by bicycle, or taking your horse out as part of an equestrian unit, we need YOU! You must be at least 18 years of age.

Trail Patrol Volunteers assist the San Dieguito River Park Rangers to patrol established trails within the Park, meet park visitors and answer questions, provide information, and identify trail problems and maintenance needs.

For more information or to register and receive a confirmation and directions, please call (858) 674-2275 ext. 14 or email Barbara Baker at Barbara@sdrp.org

Click here to download pdf flyer
Low-Water Gardening Workshop
RSVP NOW (858 674-2275 x 12 or email grownative@sdrvc.org) for a free workshop to learn about using drought-tolerant native plants in your garden to attract birds and butterflies: there are two opportunities - one in Del Mar (October 7) and one in Escondido area at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead (October 20).

Sponsored by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy with a generous grant from the
Metropolitan Water District's Community Partnering Program

Do good in your watershed AND lower your water bill!

Click here to read more about the workshops

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Photography for the "Un"photographer
Saturday, September 29th at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
Call 858 674-2275 x 14 for time and to RSVP.
This is a simple course in point-and-shoot picture taking for all those who want to
capture the moment without the manual! Explore the techniques of compositional elements while
creating images that will last. Michael Novitz specializes in film photography and development.

Plants of the San Dieguito River Valley

We are pleased to announce that a brochure on the plants of the San Dieguito River Valley is now available. The brochure was produced by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy with grant funds provided by the Metropolitan Water District's Community Partnering Program. 
It's available for download by clicking here or call the Conservancy at 858 755-6956 or the San Dieguito River Park office at 858 674-2270 for copies to be mailed to you. The downloadable file is a large pdf file that may take a while to download, depending on your system - but it's worth the wait!
Salt Heliotrope
Nature Notebook
Have you checked out our "Nature Notebook"? The latest addition is "Snaking Around the San Dieguito River Valley" by Ranger Ken Colburn. Read his article to learn more about the coachwhip (or red racer) below and other snakes that can be seen in the San Dieguito River Valley.

Construction Update Information

River Park rangers and volunteers at work on Bernardo Mountain
You probably know that this year the San Dieguito River Park has been engaged in several major construction projects as part of implementing the Coast to Crest Trail - the coastal area boardwalk, the Del Dios Gorge bridge, and the bicycle/pedestrian bridge over Lake Hodges.  In addition, the River Park Board has also just awarded a contract for construction of a series of water quality treatment ponds in the coastal area, and for construction of a trail underneath the I-5 freeway bridge.  Several additional projects are in the planning stages.  It is our goal to keep the information about these projects current on our website - to check the progress, click here.

182-foot-long Del Dios Gorge Bridge just after installation