Your opportunity to see some of the backcountry property that the River Park recently purchased has arrived. The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has launched a program of guided hikes on these properties that until now have not been available to the public. They are offering three hikes this Fall to three different properties, each led by experienced hike leaders with specialized knowledge of the areas.
The Activity Schedule for Fall (October, November, December) is now online. The cooler weather we can expect in Autumn means it is a good time to pitch in to help maintain trails and restore habitat. Trail maintenance days are planned for October 9, November 13 and December 11. Habitat restoration days are planned for October 15, November 19 and December 17. Some of the special events planned for this fall, the Teddy Bear Americana event at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead and the Junior Naturalist Training Program, are described elsewhere in this Newsletter.
Learn about the former Town of Bernardo as you read Barbara Baker's latest Trails 'n' Tales column. Her columns focus on her experiences along the River Park's trails and what we can learn from them about our history.
Her latest column also describes the Teddy Bear Americana event on November 5th at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead.
eScrip is simply the easiest way ever to make contributions to your favorite charitable organizations (in this case, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy). The way it works is that your favorite retail companies which have signed up for the program, like Vons, Major Market, Macys, Big 5, Carls Jr., Avon and even Terminix, make contributions to your designated charitable organization every time you shop, contributing a percentage based on how much you purchased. You don't need to sign up with each participating retailer individually - just sign up once with eScrip. The thing to remember is that you are not making the contribution, the retail store is. The other nice feature about eScrip is that they keep you informed by email on how much has been contributed because of your purchases, and which new retailers have joined the program.
Hey Kids! This one is for you! Sign up to become a Junior Naturalist! This environmental education program specifically for children ages 7 to 10 is on Saturday, November 12. Sign up now to make sure there is a place for you. This is a 4-hour program that includes sensory awareness exercises, interactive games, primitive skills demonstrations and a discovery hike. This FREE program is made possible by a grant from the Reuben H. Fleet Foundation.
Trained volunteer docents will be on hand at the Strawberry Stand Wetland Learning Center from 10 a.m. to Noon on Saturdays, starting October 15th. Come and bring the kids to learn about what wetlands are and the important role they serve in the environment for wildlife and for water quality. You'll also get updates on the progress of the San Dieguito Lagoon Wetland Restoration Project, which is due to begin construction late this Fall.
A fire that started September 6th burned 685 acres at Volcan Mountain. These pictures were captured from our Ranger's house on Farmer Road. Fortunately there were no Santa Ana winds that week so the firefighters were able to control the fire before it got out of hand. The hunting cabins on the private property on the mountain were destroyed.
Rounding up animals who are unaccustomed to humans is not easy, but a group of dedicated volunteers from the Ramona Trails Association were determined to round up these llamas, which were roaming abandoned on property that the River Park had purchased and give them medical attention and good homes.
The Escondido and Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Clubs have rebuilt the well and windmill at Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead. An old-fashioned ice cream social and quilt show was held to dedicate the new/old windmill on Saturday July 30th. Click here for pictures.
New "What's Growing On" "Working in the Summertime" column by Resource & Trails Manager Jason Lopez, and new "Trails 'n' Tale" column, "Tracking Time", by Event & Volunteer Coordinator Barbara Baker.
Many River Park supporters may not know that the River Park has converted from a print-based news distribution to an e-mail based distribution only. Therefore, please forward this e-mail to anyone you think would be interested. Then they can sign up for themselves if they wish to continue receiving the San Dieguito River Park's RiverScape newsletter. Thank you!