Join us May 15th for a special event at the Strawberry
Wetland Learning Center
at the San Dieguito Lagoon to
celebrate Watershed Awareness Month. Bring the
kids for hands-on encounters with Kruisin Kritters' live
reptiles and snakes. Sky Hunters will be there to
show us their hawks and owls.
Every month the River Park hosts workparties that
benefit people and wildlife by removing potential
pollutants from the watershed, removing trash and
debris from wildlife areas, removing non-native
invasive plants like arundo and tamarisk and planting
native plants like willow and mulefat. Workparties
also reconstruct damaged portions of the Coast to
Crest Trail. We really need YOUR help! We
provide the tools, training, water and snacks.
Is there an elusive sea creature in Lake Hodges? Would you believe that in 1932 Scripps scientists sent divers and equipment to the bottom of Lake Hodges to see. It's true! Did an ancient earthquake fault lead to unexplained phenomena? Barbara Baker, in her newest "Many Trails to Travel, Many Tales to Tell" column talks about these and other nuggets as she takes you along the trail with her.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is continuing their fundraising drive to purchase the 353-acre Lake Sutherland East property, a landscape of oak woodland, oak-studded savannah, and coastal sage scrub. They are seeking individuals willing to host a small party for their neighbors at their home to help get the word out and raise money for this significant land purchase. Recently, members of the Ramona Trails Association held a party in one member's home and raised $5,000, which was then matched by the Ramona Trails Association. If you think you would be interested in hosting a party, please call Craig Adams, Executive Director of the Conservancy, at 858 755-6956.
In the top article above you see that the Strawberry
Stand Wetland Learning Center provides the forum
for learning about watersheds at special events. But
it also has provided a location and materials
for ongoing wetland education programs. We
are developing a field education program that
we plan to make available to teachers in the Fall, and
we hope they will be able to make extensive use of
However, because the existing interpretive signage
at the Wetland Learning Center already offers self-
guided educational opportunities, we want to make
it accessible to interested visitors. Here's
how you can help! We would like to open the
Center to the public every Saturday afternoon. To
accomplish this, we need the help of volunteers who
willing to commit to come one Saturday a month to
open the gate and be present
while the Center is open. This is an important
activity that will introduce Park visitors to the site
and its educational features, and, as the restoration
project begins later this summer, a place for people
to check on its progress. If you are interested in
helping us open the Wetland Learning Center to the
public, please give Barbara Baker a call at 858 674-
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