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  events from a single source. We hope you like the new format but do not hesitate to tell us if we need changes!


Breakfast Benefit at Snooze 
Tues. March 4


North San Diego
Farmers Market 

Every Sunday 

10:30 am-3:30 pm

Rain or Shine!

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead, 12655 Sunset Dr. Escondido


Second Saturday Ranger-Led Walk at the San Dieguito Lagoon

Sat. March 8

9:00-10:30 am

Easy 2 Miles

Crest Canyon North Interpretive Kiosk 


All About Julian Presentation

March 8

 Farmer Rd. Staging AreaSanta Ysabel Open Space Preserve East


Volunteer Trail Maintenance

Sun. March 9

8:00am - 11:00am

Bernardo Bay Natural Area 


San Dieguito Lagoon Bird Walk

Sat. March 15

8:30am - 10:30am

Easy 2 Miles

 Crest Canyon North Interpretive Kiosk


Coastal Walk and Yoga on the Beach

Sun. March 16 

8:30am - 10:30am

Easy 1/2 hour walk, 45 minutes yoga

San Andres Dr. Kiosk


Happy Hour Benefit for SDRVC

Thurs. March 20

5:00 pm - 7:00pm

Harcourts Prestige Properties


The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering EXPO Day

Sat. March 22

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

FREE Family Event

Visit our booth at 

Petco Park 


Canyoneers Walk

Sat. March 29

9:00 am - 1:30 pm

Easy 6 Miles

 Del Dios Community Park 


Early Season Hike to the Volcan Summit

Sun. March 30

10:00 am

Strenuous 5 Miles

Hubbell Gateway off Farmer Road - Volcan Moutain Wilderness Preserve


Volcan Mountain Foundation

23rd Annual Dinner

Dance & Auction

Sun. March 30

4:30pm - 10:30pm


Camp Stevens

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

Art in Nature
Exhibit Open to the Public
April 6-27
Mon - Wed. Closed
Tues.- Sat. 10:00 - 4:00
Sun. 1:00-4:00




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March 4



March 4th is National Pancake Day and Snooze is cookin' up a special pancake menu especially for us. If you have not eaten at Snooze, you are in for a treat. Snooze works with organizations like ours to educate our communities about the importance of food and sustainability. They have chosen the garden at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead to be the beneficiary of proceeds from all pancake sales on March 4.  Please support the garden at Sikes Adobe and enjoy a great meal at Snooze! 


Invite your friends and be sure to tell them you are there for the 

San Dieguito River Park! 


The Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead's goal is to educate visitors about the history of San Diego in the San Pasqual Valley. The proceeds from the Snooze Benefit Breakfast will help to create a garden that the Sikes family would have had in the 1880s. The produce we raise in the garden will be sold at the North San Diego Certified Farmers' Market, held every Sunday.  


"Visitors to the Farmers Market immediately become more interested when we tell them that the produce was picked that morning from the gardens by the windmill." says Anne Cooper, Museum Manager for Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead.
March 4th is National Pancake Day! Celebrate at Snooze a.m. Eatery on Del Mar Heights Road. Try the gluten free pancakes - delicious!

40 Students from 
High Tech High Hit
the Coast to Crest Trail
March 3
The largest group to ever attempt the 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail start their trek on Monday.
Students from High Tech High North County in San Marcos will set out on Monday to hike the entire 70-mile trail from the Crest of Volcan Mountain to the Coast in Del Mar.  Today, 45 miles of the 70-mile trail are complete and open to the public. The group worked with Conservancy and Park staff to plan their trek and get permissions to hike the rest of the route. Even on the best of days, this is an arduous journey. With a turn in the weather, the group faces additional hurdles. These 40 students will be led by teachers Matt Leader and Alec Patton.

Happy Hour Benefit
March 20
Join us for
"Barcourt" at Harcourts Prestige Properties

A Benefit for the 
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy 
Thursday, March 20
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join us for a fun, free Happy Hour at Harcourts Prestige Properties in La Jolla.  Harcourts Prestige Properties believes in giving back to the community. They understand the importance of protecting and preserving open space in San Diego for future generations to enjoy - which is why they chose the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy as the beneficiary of their Happy Hour, affectionately dubbed "Barcourt" at Harcourts. 

On Thursday, March 20, they will open their doors, and the bar, to welcome everyone who enjoys the San Dieguito River Park in for a lively and entertaining Happy Hour. Make it a night! Happy Hour with your friends at Harcourts followed by dinner in La Jolla Village. Sounds like a great night!

Harcourts Prestige Properties
7939 Ivanhoe Ave.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Science Expo Day at Petco Park
March 22
Mark your calendars for the Science Expo   

The San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering Expo Day at Petco Park features interactive demonstrations and hands-on activities in science and engineering for kids and their families.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and River Park will be there to engage and enlighten children about the wild animals that live in the 55-mile San Dieguito River Park. You will be able to identify animals by their skulls, learn about their habitats and where they can be found in the park. You will even get a chance to give our Prize Wheel a spin. 

Don't miss this FUN, FREE, FAMILY EVENT!
Saturday, March 22
10:00am - 5:00pm
Petco Park
Conserving Nature in Life & Art Exhibition
April 6-27
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, forming the Art in Nature Alliance, 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. 

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.

Second Spring Gala
& Art In Nature Events
April 5
The Art In Nature Exhibit opens with  a special presentation and a gala event. 
Second Spring Gala - Sat., April 5, 6:00 p.m.
Be among the first to see and purchase art created on location by renowned PAPA artists. Guests will enjoy an open bar and delicious food, in a casual setting, while taking in works from past, present and future painters.
Tickets are $100 and include an invitation to the special presentation before the gala.

Special Presentation Before the Gala - Sat., April 5, 5:00 p.m. 
Mr. Jean Stern, Director of the Irvine Museum presents "The Art of Looking at Art." Don't miss this exciting, visual presentation held at Council Chambers on the Center for the Arts Escondido Campus. Free to all Second Spring Gala ticket holders. 

Second Spring Gala

Saturday, April 5, 2014

6:00 p.m.


At the California Center for the Arts, Escondido

340 N. Escondido Blvd.

Escondido, CA 92025


Gala Tickets are $100.00

Purchase tickets at






You see them, and you hear them everywhere. But how many birds can you identify? Birding can be daunting especially for beginners, but here are some tips to help you think like a naturalist!


Take a look at the size and shape of the bird. Does it have a small plump body or a large long neck? By observing the silhouette of a bird, you can observe identifying parts of its body like its beak, body shape, legs, and tail shape.


Notice the color patterns of the bird. Is it prominently dark-colored or light-colored? Are its wings the same color throughout or does it have colored wingtips? Sometimes different species have very similar markings, but observing how bold or faint its markings are can help you identify the right bird.


Next, observe its behaviors. How is its posture? How does it move around? Does it zip back and forth on top of a pole? Or does it cruise the sky? Does it hang out by itself or with a group of similar birds?

Lastly, think about the habitat you're in. Are you near the water or in upland habitat? Woodland or open grassland? Check a range map and the time of year. Some birds are year-round residents while 
others migrate seasonally.

One site to check is - it contains checklists of birds observed by others sorted by month and location.
You can utilize these guides to narrow your bird identification. Many online guides also exist to help you identify your bird based on different attributes like shape, color, size, and location among others. (Search for one with the keywords "Bird ID.")

As you become more advanced, you'll notice field marks and different songs and bird calls. With practice and patient observation, you can hone your birding skills. The more you observe, the more interesting birds become!


Bird Walks are hosted monthly at the San Dieguito Lagoon. See Events Calendar for more information.


Source: San Diego Audubon Society; Cornell Lab or Orninthology  (




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                                                
Thank you to all of our San Dieguito River Park Supporters
Your support enables us to continue our work in conservation, education and recreation in the San Dieguito River Park. To become a member or support our programs, please click here.

May 13
10:00 a.m

Join us for the Grand Open of the Birdwing Open Air Classroom on May 13 at 10:00 a.m. We are planning a series of FREE public events to take place in the classroom May 17 through mid-July. Stay tuned for complete schedule of FREE events at the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom.