We have a lot happening in and around the River Park this month. You will not want to miss a special 
presentation by Richard Louv or the Conserving Nature in Life and Art exhibit at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.  For those that like to get their hands dirty, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities in April. And be sure to join us for hikes, runs, yoga, a bike swap and much more.





Conserving Nature in Life and Art Exhibit

April 6-27

Museum Galleries at the




Nature and the Hybrid Mind - presentation by Richard Louv

April 13

1:30 pm



North San Diego Certified Farmers

Market - Rain or Shine!

Sundays, April 13, 27

10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Not open Easter Sunday

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead



Trail Work Days on the Five Oaks Trail

Sunday, April 13, Saturdays, April 12 &19

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Meet at the Hubbell Gateway, Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve



Ranger-Led Walk at the San Dieguito Lagoon

Saturday, April 12

9:00 am - 10:30 am

Easy 1.7 miles

Meet at the Dust Devil Nature Trail Staging Area



Volunteer Trail Maintenance

Sunday, April 13

8:00 am - 11:00 am  


Santa Ysabel Bird Walk

Sunday, April 13, 

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Hosted by San DIego Audubon Society Members Peter Thomas & Millie Basden

Meet at the Farmer Rd. Staging Area, Santa Ysabel Preserve East




Coastal Hike & Yoga on the Beach

Sunday, April 13

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Easy 4 Miles

Meet at the San Andres Drive Interpretive Kiosk



San Dieguito Lagoon Bird Walk 

Saturday, April 19

8:30am - 10:30am
Easy 2 Miles 


All About Julian Presentation

Saturday, April 19

10:00 am

Meet at the Farmer Rd. Staging Area, Santa Ysabel Preserve East



Tree Hike

Saturday, April 26 

10:00 am

 Meet at the Farmer Rd. Staging Area, Santa Ysabel Preserve East



Introduction to Honeybees & Beekeeping

Saturday, April 26 

10:00 am

$25/person; RSVP to anne@sdrp.org

Meet at Sikes Adobe Farmstead



Spring Hike at Santa Ysabel Preserve East

Sunday, April 27

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Meet at the Hwy. 79 Staging Area, Santa Ysabel East



Birdwing Open Air Classroom Grand Opening
May 13
10:00 am

Julian Wild & Scenic Film Festival
May 16, 17
A weekend dedicated to celebrating nature and the environment! 





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Coastal Hike & Yoga on the Beach
April 13
Join us for our monthly Coastal Hike and Yoga on the Beach. It is a beautiful and relaxing way to start your Sunday! 



On Sunday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m. the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy will host an easy, 30 minute hike on the coast followed by 45 minutes of yoga on the beach led by Susan McCrea. You may know Susan as the drummer in the band, Soul Seduction. She is also a certified yoga instructor and will lead the group in yoga postures that will energize your body and mind. This is a free event though voluntary donations are gratefully accepted.


Please bring a mat or towel. Note that the level will be mixed, as beginners and advanced are both welcome.


Register by emailing sdrvc@sdrvc.org, subject: Yoga 

or join our Facebook Event.


Nature and the Hybrid Mind by Richard Louv
April 13
Join us for
an informative talk by Richard Louv
Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 pm
"The future will belong to the nature smart - those individuals, families, businesses and political leaders who develop a deeper understanding of the transformative power of the natural world, and who balance the virtual with the real. The more high-tech we become, the more nature we need."
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of 8 books about the connections between family, nature and community. His newest book, The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature Deficit Disorder (Algonquin) offers a new vision of the future in which our lives are as immersed in nature as they are in technology. This future, available to all of us right now, offers better psychological, physical and spiritual health for people of every age.
The talk is at 1:30 p.m. on April 13 and is included with general admission to the Museum at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido. Do not miss Conserving Nature in Life and Art, an exhibit featuring Plein Air paintings from the past, present and future.

Conserving Nature in Life and Art Exhibit 

April 6-27

Wed. - Sat. 10:00 - 4:00

Sundays  1:00 - 4:00

Admission is $8.00 at the door. 

Discounts offered for seniors, students and military

Lagoon Day
April 13
Celebrating the Ongoing 
San Dieguito Lagoon Restoration.
 Organized by the San Dieguito Lagoon Preservation Committee 
of the City of Del Mar
Sunday, April 13 at the Del Mar Powerhouse Park 
and Community Center

4:00 pm - Supporting Organizations
New information about the San Dieguito River Park will be available.
5:00 pm - Featured Presenters
John A. Hildebrand, Ph.D. at Scripps Institue of Oceanography will present
"Coastal Dredging Archaeology"
Steve Schroeter, Ph.D. at University of California Santa Barbara presents
"SONGS Mitigation Project Update" 
(SONGS - San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station)
Light refreshments will be served.


The Lagoon Preservation Committee was established by the City of Del Mar in 1974 by a group of concerned citizens who work to protect and restore the wetlands to a fully functioning estuary. The results are evident. Many birds, marine specimens and native plants have returned but it is still a work in progress. 
 Read more about Lagoon Restoration projects
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping Class
April 26 
Take your first step toward beekeeping!

Learn everything you want to know about bees; their habits and life cycle, the native plants which support them, and the diseases which threaten them. 

An hour-long classroom instruction will include numerous photos and video clips to illustrate the amazing life of the honeybee.  We will spend the second hour outside where we will look at the parts of a typical beehive (no bees), demonstrate the tools of the trade, field your questions and taste some local honey.    

This is an introductory class, no prior knowledge needed! Over the course of two hours we will cover these topics and more:


1. The honeybee -- its origins, genetics and life cycle

2. The hive -- an amazing community at work

3. Humans and honeybees -- can't we all just get along?

4. Difficulties bees face -- parasites, pesticides, diseases, habitat loss, colony collapse

5. Keeping bees -- why, where, when, and what you need 

6. Helping bees survive and thrive -- making a difference


The class is offered by a member of the San Diego Beekeeping Society, in partnership with the Sikes Adobe, San Dieguito River Park. 


Saturday, April 26 at 2:00 pm

Cost: $20.00 per person

Location: Sikes Adobe Historical Farmstead


Ages 8 and up. Seating is limited, so please reserve early by sending email to Anne Cooper, Museum Manager



Buy, Sell, Trade at the Bike Swap Meet
April 26
Don't miss the Bike Swap Meet in Escondido on April 26.

Trade in your old bikes.

Get the bike you've been looking for.

Great deals and steals.

For more information contact David Hekel.

12655 Sunset Dr., Escondido

24 Hours
May 6
San Diego Foundation's giveBIG program
On Tuesday, May 6 at 11:59 p.m., the San Diego Foundation will launch giveBIG, an online networking and giving event where people in San Diego come together to raise as much money as possible for local non-profits in just 24 hours.
24 Hours and 600+ Nonprofits
From 11:59 pm on May 6, until 11:59 pm on May 7, you will be able to make a donation to the Conservancy on our giveBIG event webpage.
Your Donation Goes Further
The Conservancy will receive a percentage of an incentive pool based on donations made during the 24-hour giving period.

You choose your donation amount, with a minimum gift of $25. Donors of more than $100 will receive a beautiful book written by Conservancy Advisory Board member, Wolf Berger Ph.D. about the San Dieguito River Park entitled "Coast to Crest and Beyond."

You can also generate funds for the Conservancy every time you shop online. There are no costs, obligations nor any hidden fees.

Help protect the natural legacy of the River Valley Park with your gift during the giveBIG event.

        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                                                       858-755-6956
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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.
GRAND OPENING                                    

Birdwing Grand Opening
May 13
10:00 a.m
Join us for the Grand Opening 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 Birdwing Mid-May through July. Stay tuned for complete schedule of FREE events at the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom.