The San Dieguito River Park and the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy have combined our e-newsletters so you get all of your news about the San Dieguito River Park and a listing of all SDRP and SDRVC events from a single source. We hope you like the new format but do not hesitate to tell us if we need changes!


Presentation at 
REI Store
5556 Copley Dr
San Diego, CA 92111
Learn about the
Coast to Crest Trail and Volunteer Opportunities
Wednesday, Feb. 5
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.



Ranger-Led Hike at the Lagoon

Every 2nd Saturday

Feb. 8 

9:00 - 10:30 a.m.

Easy 2 Mile Hike

San Andres Dr. Kiosk


 Volunteer Trail Maintenance

Sunday, Feb. 9

8:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Santa Fe Valley/Del Dios Gorge Staging Area


Coast to Crest Trail Celebration

Tuesday, Feb. 11

12:00 Noon

Dog Beach, Del Mar

Hosted by SDRP Exec. Dir, Dick Bobertz and SDRP JPA Board Chair, Jim Cunningham


Lagoon Bird Walk

Saturday, Feb 15

8:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Easy 2 Mile Hike

San Andres Dr. Kiosk


Coastal Hike & Yoga on the Beach

Every 3rd Sunday, 

Feb 15

Easy 4 Mile Hike, Yoga

San Andres Dr. Kiosk


 Canyoneers Walk

Sunday, Feb. 16

9:00-11:30 a.m.

Moderate 4 Mile Hike


Winter Raptors of the Ramona Grasslands 

Sunday, Feb. 16

Highland Valley Rd. & Highland Valley Ct., Ramona


Tea for Two &

Tea for You 

Sunday, Feb. 9, 16, 23 

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Dr. Escondido

$10 per person


North San Diego Certified Farmers Market

Every Sunday 

10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Rain or Shine

Harcourts Happy Hour SDRVC Fundraiser
Thursday, March 20
6:00 p.m.
Harcourts Prestige Properties
7839 Ivanhoe Ave. A
La Jolla, CA 92037

Science Expo at Petco Park
Saturday, March 22
10:00 - 5:00
Free Family Event

Art in Nature 
Second Spring Gala
Saturday, April 5
6:00 p.m.

Art in Nature
Exhibit Open to the Public
April 6-27
California Center for the Arts Escondido






Your membership helps us to fulfill our mission to protect  the San Dieguito Watershed for generations to come.




Jim Cunningham Among the First to Hike the Entire 70-Mile 
Coast to Crest Trail
Join the Celebration at 
Dog Beach 
Feb. 11, 12:00 p.m.


Since 1986, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park have been moving the vision of a 92,000 acre park and the Coast to Crest Trail to a maturing reality. When Councilman Jim Cunningham took over as Chair of the San Dieguito River Park Board in 2013, he decided to make it his mission to hike the entire 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail.  


Over 45 miles of the planned 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail are open to the public. Jim worked with rangers at the San Dieguito River Park to secure permissions to hike segments of the trail that are not yet open to the public so he could hike the entire route during his tenure. 


On February 11, 2014 Jim and hiking partners, SDRVC Board Member Bill Simmons, SDRP Executive Director Dick Bobertz and Priscilla Lister, a freelance journalist at the Union Tribune, will complete the last leg of the journey, which will culminate in a celebration at Dog Beach in Del Mar. Here, they will be joined by many people who work to preserve the open space of the San Dieguito River Park and complete the Coast to Crest Trail. Forty students from High Tech High North County will also join the festivities because they will be the next group to embark on the adventure March 3-7. 


Coast to Crest Trail Celebration
Tuesday, February 11
12:00 Noon
Dog Beach in Del Mar


Second Spring - Conserving Nature in Life & Art Exhibition
Celebrate nature and art with this exciting, month long program that features the beauty of the living landscape in the San Dieguito River Valley. The Conservancy joins forces with the Plein Air Painters of America (PAPA) and the California Center for the Arts Escondido to present an exhibit that brings together nature with art from the past, present and future.

Early Artists - An exhibition of renowned artworks from public and private collections by early 20th century California impressionist painters.

Contemporary Artists - 20 PAPA artists will spend 5 days painting on location in the San Dieguito River Park and Coastal San Diego.  More than 100 of their paintings will go on sale April 5 at the Opening Gala.  Gala attendees will have first choice of these beautiful paintings by nationally recognized artists. The purchase price includes a 35% tax deductible contribution to SDRVC.  Make your reservations for the Gala now!

Future Plein Air Artists - The California Center for the Arts Escondido is coordinating with local schools and art education organizations to present wildlife paintings created by talented students.

Saturday, April 5    5:00 p.m. - The Art of Looking at Art                      A visual presentation by Mr. Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum

Saturday, April 5    6:00 p.m
. - Exhibit Opening Gala   

Sunday, April 6      1:00 p.m. - Exhibit Open to the Public
Watch for a special lecture by Richard Louv,
author of "Last Child in the Woods" and "The Nature Principle"

The Exhibit is on view from April 6 - April 27


TICKETS AVAILABLE AT www.ArtInNatureAlliance.org 




By Shawna Anderson, Principal Environmental Planner


If you take a stroll along the Lagoon Boardwalk sometime over the next several months, you will see a new wetland being restored in an area previously used by the Fairgrounds to park cars (known as the "South Overflow Lot"). 


The 22nd Agricultural Association (owner of the Fairgrounds property) is embarking on a 3-acre restoration project to remove soil and debris, as well as planting native wetland plants. Some of the excavated material will be used to create a naturalized planted slope within a buffer area nearby to visually separate the Lagoon Trail from the adjacent parking area and to create a native transitional habitat between the Fairgrounds and the lagoon. 


The restoration is part of an outstanding mitigation obligation that finally received the green light. The restoration is expected to take approximately four months starting in February 2014 and once complete it will provide new salt marsh habitat for native birds and wildlife in the lagoon and a more attractive and interesting view from the Boardwalk Trail. This restoration is Phase 1 of a two-phase wetland restoration project that will eventually expand to encompass the entire South Overflow Lot, turning a parking lot into rare wetland habitat. 


Caching In On Your Hikes 
Geocaching by Ginni Kitchen  

If you are not familiar with geocaching, it is essentially an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS-enabled devices, such as smartphones. A geocache is a waterproof container that usually contains a logbook and pen or pencil and sometimes, small trinkets.


Geocachers in SDRP must follow rules that keep the Park's plants and animals safe, but that does not mean there are not plenty of caches to find. To participate, simply click on the geocache you are interested in and the link will take you to a webpage where you will find coordinates, difficulty and terrain rating, size, description of the area, and sometimes hints.



Some fiends and I hiked with River Park ranger, Bryan Ward to check out geocaches along the Bernardo Bay trail. We installed c:geo, a free geocaching app for Android phones and bookmarked the geocaches. Some of us did not have smartphones, so Bryan brought GPSs for us. Not only is Bernardo Bay a beautiful hike, but keeping an eye on our units as we got closer to each geocache was exciting. The coordinates allowed us to know when we were about 30 feet away and then the fun was in the searching. We looked behind rocks, in bushes, and on tree branches, and eventually found them, one after another. We signed the logbook, then put each cache back where we had found it for the next hunter. Our last geocache of the day included trinkets and I had a San Diego Zoo pin to swap for the trinket of our choice.  


Cache in on your hike with Geocaching. It's fun and it's free.


San Dieguito River Park                                      San Dieguito River Valley Consevancy
18372 Sycamore Creek Rd.                                    3030 Bunker Hill Street, Suite 309-1 
Escondido, CA 92025                                             San Diego, CA 92109
858-674-2270                                                         858-7755-6956
www.sdrp.org                                                          www.sdrvc.org
Thank you to all of our San Dieguito River Park Supporters
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May 13
10:00 a.m
Look for information about the Grand Opening of the Birdwing Open Air Classroom at the San Dieguito Lagoon in our next e-newsletter.  We are planning a full schedule of FREE events at the new classoom!