We are counting down the last days of voting for the Earth 8 Eco Ambassador Grant. Please vote these last 5 days on each of your devices: smartphone, notebook, laptop and desktop computer. Forward this email to your friends, family and co-workers and ask them to vote at http://www.cbs8.com/ecoambassadors

Register for our popular Exploring Our Sense of Place Program that sells out every year.  Read more at http://sdrvc.org/current/esp/
Don't miss out on all the exciting FREE events this month at the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom.  Click here for details. 





North San Diego

Certified Farmers Market

Sundays - Rain or Shine 

July 6, 13, 20, 27

10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead



QR Fitness Training

Sunday, July 6

9:00 am 

Hosted by San Diego County Park Rangers

Del Dios Highlands Preserve



Bird Feeders Crafts Under the Oaks
Sunday, July 6
10:00 am
Hosted by County Ranger Bobbi


Lagoon Hike
Saturday, July 12
8:00 am
Easy 6.5 Miles
Hosted by Friends of San Marcos Parks and Trails

Second Saturday Ranger-Led Walk at the Lagoon 

Saturday, July 12

9:00 - 10:30 am

Easy 2 Miles

Hosted by Park Ranger Bryan Ward

 Birdwing Open Air Classroom 



Bird Feeders Crafts Under the Oaks
Sunday, July 12
10:00 am
Hosted by County Ranger Bobbi


Human Equestrian Bond

Saturday, June 12

2:00 pm

Hosted by Julia Erickson

Freedom Song Ranch

Birdwing Open Air Classroom



Volunteer Trail Maintenance

Sunday, July 13

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Hosted by Park Ranger 

David Henkel

 Sunset Drive Staging Area 



Presentation - Hazardous Weather Over Volcan Mountain Range

Sunday, July 13

10:00 am

Hosted by Pilot and Aviation Instructor John Randazzo

Farmer Road Staging Area, Santa Ysabel Preserve East 



All About Julian Presentation

Saturday, July 19

10:00 am

Hosted by County Park Ranger Roger 



Equestrians in Nature
Saturday, July 19
10:00 am
Hosted by Patty Heyden
Backcountry Horseman

Coastal Hike and Yoga on the Beach
Sunday, July 20
8:30 am - 11:00 am
Easy 3 Miles & Yoga
Led by Yoga Instructor Susan McCrea

New Moon Hike
Friday, July 25
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Easy 3 Miles
Hosted by San Diego County Park Attendant Bill Augustus

Exploring Nature Photography
Saturday, July 26
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hosted by Photographer 
Jim Coffee













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







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June 27 - July 1

Together, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the River Park were selected as one of 8 finalists to receive a grant of up to $25,000. We were selected for our Connecting People With Nature education programs. We need your votes to win!


Just 5 Days Left to Vote 

Voting closes at noon on
Tuesday, July 1


Bookmark This Link to Vote Daily 



Vote Every Day on Every Device

One valid vote per device: smartphone, tablet, laptop and desktop computer, allowed every 24-hours during the voting period.


Now Enrolling: Exploring Our Sense of Place Program
Our Exploring Our Sense of Place (ESP) program is a popular 
8-session seminar series in the field that includes a reception and 7 excursions with lectures by experts on a variety of subjects. ESP participants experience the San Dieguito River Valley in all its seasons, from mountain to sea, encounter plants and wildlife and connect with the River Valley through their heart and minds.


ESP is for those who want to learn more about the River Park and watershed and to strengthen their connection with nature.  Excursions begin early October on Volcan Mountain and end at the San Dieguito Lagoon in Del Mar in May.  Enrollment is limited to 25 participants. For more detailed program information visit our website.  Download the application form For questions, contact our ESP Administrator.

Exec Treks Start July 17th!

Join Executive Director Trish Boaz for hikes in the River Park throughout the year.  



The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy receives requests from our supporters to plan weekday activities in the River Park.  In response, Executive Director Trish Boaz is initiating Exec Treks.  



Join Trish on the following Thursdays for hikes of different levels throughout the River Park and, if you have time, a nice lunch. 


July 17, 8:00 am
Coast to Crest Trail at Volcan Mountain (strenuous)  REGISTER
October 16, 8:00 am

January 22, 8:00 am


April 15, 8:00 am

Coast to Crest Trail at Santa Fe Valley/Del Dios Gorge  (moderate) REGISTER


June 18, 8:00 am

Coast to Crest Trail at San Dieguito Lagoon  (easy)   REGISTER 


We will announce other weekday events in upcoming Riverscapes.


Summer Hiking Safety Tips

  • Bring along plenty of water!
  • Pack your trail map, GPS device or compass.
  • Be ready for changing weather conditions and dress in layers.
  • Wear a hat.
  • Apply sunscreen throughout the day.
  • Tell your family/friends about your hiking plans in advance.

Free Events at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom
June 28
Fun, FREE Events at the 
Birdwing Open Air Classroom June 28.


Yoga at the Lagoon | June 28 | 9 - 10am

James Danoff-Burg Ph.D., Registered Yoga Instructor and Conservancy Board Member

Create inner peace and balance with yoga in nature. This 90-minute, gentle yoga session explores a series of Earth-themed Viniyoga poses flowing one into the next. With a spectacular view of the lagoon, you are certain to attain both inner and outer harmony and peace. Please bring a mat.  All levels are welcome. Register here.  


Introduction to Wildlife Tracking | June 28 | 11am

Fred Kramer and Bob MacDonald, San Diego Tracking Team (SDTT)

Get an introduction to the art of tracking the seldom-seen wildlife that lives in the San Dieguito River Valley. Hands on activities will provide an opportunity to see and compare animal tracks in the dirt. The SDTT is dedicated to promoting the preservation of wildlife habitat in San Diego County through citizen-based wildlife monitoring coupled with environmental education programs.  For over 20 years, SDTT-trained volunteers have conducted wildlife track and sign surveys to evaluate the health of ecosystems in the San Diego region.   Register here.  


Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Grows Earth Heroesİ| June 28 | 2-3:00pm

Ms. Smarty-Plants™ from The Water Conservation Garden

Join Ms. Smarty-Plants to save water and the planet! Your children will take an interactive journey with magic, music and fun through the water cycle, conservation, plant adaptations and much more. Each student will plant a drought tolerant plant to take home with them and take the Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Earth Hero Pledge. Ideal for kids K - 6th grade. We can change the world with our own two hands! Register here.


Conservancy Events - Mark Your Calendars


Sunday, Aug. 17 Hike & Yoga on the Beach     San Dieguito Lagoon
Sunday, Sept. 7 Full Moon Hike San Dieguito Lagoon
Saturday, Sept. 20 I Love a Clean San Diego
30th Annual Coastal Clean-up Day       
San Dieguito Lagoon
Sunday, Sept. 21 Hike & Yoga on the Beach     San Dieguito Lagoon
Sunday, Sept. 28 Spooky Science                     The Birdwing Open Air Classroom


Visit the Osprey Nest at the Lagoon Boardwalk


Photo courtesy of Khai Luc


Osprey make new nesting platforms at the Lagoon Boardwalk Trail home.



The Del Mar Fairgrounds installed two osprey nesting platforms near the San Dieguito Lagoon Boardwalk and their south overflow lot wetlands restoration project. Osprey built nests on two of the three light poles in the Fairgrounds paved parking lot and the nesting material was transferred to the new nesting platforms while the light poles were temporarily removed. The osprey moved right in!


Photo courtesy of Ginni Kitchen

In May, two chicks hatched. We expect they will begin flying lessons any day. Some of our trail users have sent us amazing photos of the osprey family- check them out on our Facebook album:


Del Mar Fairgrounds Osprey Nesting Platforms


River Valley Fest
October 12, 2014
You are invited to the
 Fifth Annual River Valley Fest
 October 12, 2014

Mark your calendars for the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy's biggest fundraiser of the year! Everyone is invited to attend this relaxed and festive event in a beautiful outdoor setting. 
Once again, the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa will host the event. We hope you will join us for delicious food, great music and an enticing auction. This will be an event you will not want to miss!