Nature Collective is hosting three free events in July, including a Discovery Tour on Saturday, July 6, a Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 7, and a Wildlife Tour on Saturday, July 13.

Nature Collective is a local conservation and science education nonprofit organization. They work to restore habitats, provide healthier waters, and increase wildlife diversity. They are dedicated to conserving the land and providing experiences for people to fall in love with nature.

Saturday, July 6 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Discovery Tour: Family Friendly, Ages 9+ – Accessible Trail – Registration Required
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center:
2710 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, CA 92007

Don’t miss out on the captivating allure of the San Elijo Lagoon, a unique crossroads where fresh and saltwater mingle and a haven for both migratory and resident birds—a spectrum of wildlife calls this sanctuary home. Our guided tour is a golden opportunity to observe and learn about the myriad birds that inhabit and traverse the salt marsh and mudflats. And let’s not forget the abundant wildflowers waiting to be admired and captured in your lens. The Nature Center Loop Trail is accessible, providing fun for all.


 Sunday, July 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Family Fun Day featuring Franklin the Tortoise.

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center: 2710 Manchester Ave, Encinitas, CA 92007

Join our Family Fun Day featuring Franklin the Tortoise. Meet Franklin, who is recovering well from his recent surgery. Learn the difference between a tortoise and a turtle, as well as many other intriguing facts. Then, enjoy hands-on craft-making activities.

Nature gets the spotlight with Nature Collective and San Diego County Parks + Recreation rangers with family-friendly experiences, live presentations, and more. Every month, Nature Collective features a new topic for all the fun. Each Family Fun Day includes TRACK Trails activity guides. Plus, young attendees can earn a Junior Ranger badge. RSVP:

Saturday, July 13 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Wildlife Tour: Ages 15+– Registration Required

San Elijo Lagoon: The exact meet-up/trailhead will be shared with registered participants.
Mid-summer is a laid-back vacation in San Elijo. We may watch a Ridgway’s Rail taking a leisurely dip at the edge of the reeds, enjoy Bushtits playing follow-the-leader through the brush, or cheer on a bumble bee as he tries to find the hidden entrance to a white sage blossom. But will you see a Skimmer this time? The hunt is half the thrill. Ready for this summer’s wildlife adventure? Weather permitting.


For more information on the Nature Collective, visit