April '96 Earth-Friendly Events

Nature Outings
Special Events
Hands-On for Kids
Networking Meetings
Special for Earth Day

Nature Outings

Nature & Wildlife Walks
Free walks weekly in Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Call 484-3219 for times and details.

Nature & Wildlife Walks
Free walks at 9:30am every Saturday and Sunday and 11am every Saturday at Mission Trails Regional Park. Call 668-3275 for area and theme.

Quail Botanical Gardens
Tours, lectures and classes. Call 436-3036 for times and details.

San Diego Audubon
offers amazing birding trips monthly. Field trip chair: 280-7710.

6/271st & 4th Saturdays8am
Bird Walks at Tijuana River Estuary
Learn about the many birds who call this estuary home. Presented by Tijuana River Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve. Bring binoculars and field guide if you have them. Call for reservations and exact location: 575-3613.

Plant Walks in Balboa Park
1st Sat: History; 2nd Sat: Palms; 3rd: Tree Walk; 4th: Desert Walk 5th: Seasonal Color; Meet at Botanical Building. No reservations required. Info: 239-0512.

Interpretive Walks in Balboa Park
Covering history and botanical treasures. Meet at the Balboa Park Visitor Center in the Plaza de Panama. No reservations required. Info: 239-0512.

Sunday Stroll at Silver Strand State Park
Chula Vista Nature Center and Loew's Coronado Bay Resort offers this free walk featuring the history and natural history of south San Diego Bay. Good opportunity to see migratory shorebirds and whales. Call 422-2481 for reservations and directions.

Birds of Prey
See a red-tailed hawk and an owl in a Project Wildlife presentation on local birds of prey, rehabilitation and conservation. Agua Caliente Regional Park 39555 Great Southern Stage Route (S-2)694-3044.

Guided Garden Tours
of the California nativescapes garden at the S.D. Wild Animal Park, hosted by the Lake Hodges Native Plant Club. Free with Park admission. Info: 487-2629.

Birding at Agua
Agua Caliente Regional Park, (S-2) Anza Borrego Desert. Meet Naturalist Clint Powell at entrance station for walk to look for and learn about the creatures that call the desert home. 2 mile walk up Moonlight Canyon Trail. Park info: 694-3049.

132nd Saturdays9am
Nature Walk at San Elijo Lagoon
Join Barbara Moore for a naturalist's look at one of North County's open space treasures. Features migratory waterbirds and native plants. Call for info: 436-3944. Rain cancels.

13/202nd & 3rd Saturdays9am
Nature Walks at Tijuana River Estuary
Meet the docent at 5th & Iris in Imperial Beach. All ages welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them. Presented by Tijuana River Nat'l Estuarine Research Reserve. 575-3613.

202nd Saturdays8am
Bird Walk at San Elijo Lagoon West
Join Barbara Moore in search of some of San Diego's special birds. Call for info: 436-3944. Rain cancels.

20 Saturday1pm
Friends of Famosa Slough Bird Walk
Free, easy walk with good views of shorebirds, migrating ducks and typical tidal wetland. Beginner's especially invited. Bring Binoculars if you have them. Famosa Blvd. and W. Pt. Loma Blvd between Nimitz and Sports Arena in Pt. Loma.Rain cancels. 224-4591

Wildflower Walk
Agua Caliente Regional Park, (S-2) Anza Borrego Desert. Join local botanist to see and learn about the plants in bloom. Park info: 694-3049.

27Saturday9:30am - 11am
Wildflowers of Stelzer Park
Lakeside, 11470 Wildcat Canyon Rd; slow-paced, 1.5 hour hike through hillside meadows. Park info: 694-3049

Wildlife Enthusiasts Encounters
Monthly, Saturday night camping trips with others who have dedicated their lives to saving nature. Dos Picos Oak Woodlands County Park, Ramona. Info, Call Beverlee: 945-8709.

274th Saturdays8:30am
Walk on the Wild Side
at Torrey Pines extension, Del Mar for a family-oriented nature adventure of about 2 hours. Call for reservations and directions 422-2481.


1/20 Through May 20
Terra Maya
Exhibition explores the relationship of Ancient Maya 250-900 to their living descendants and their landscape. At Museum of Man in Balboa Park. 239-2001.

3/9 Through July 7
Shamanism, Magic and the Busy Spider
Contemporary art inspired by ancient traditions by Abenaki Indians from New England and Canada. At Museum of Man in Balboa Park. 239-2001.

Wildlife /Pets

Daily Rare Bird Hotline
Sponsored by S.D. Audubon: 479-3400.

Saturdays10am - 2pm
Rescued dogs need homes. 4/13 PETCO Rancho S.D. 2510 Jamacha Rd; 4/20 Pet Supply Warehouse Encinitas, 154 E. Encinitas Blvd.; 4/27 Pet People - La Mesa, 8011 University Ave.; Presented by Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals. Contact Penny Adams 466-9137.

Critter Chit Chat
Chula Vista Nature Center staff and volunteers will chat about the biology and natural history of their birds, reptiles, mammals, fish or invertebrates. A children's activity will accompany the presentation. Free with Nature Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481

Raptor Rap
Chula Vista Nature Center staff and volunteers rap with visitors and meet the hawks and owls used in Center educational programs. Free with Nature Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481

Call for info
Birds of Prey Outings
Join Iron Mountain Conservancy field trips to watch for raptors (hawks, eagles etc.) in the Ramona grasslands. Meet outside the parking lot at Dos Picos County Park. Telephone 789-8136. BIRDS OF PREY HOTLINE for reported sightings in Ramona area.

11Thursday7pm - 9pm
Africanized Honey Bees
The status of so-called "killer bees," their current location, potential impacts with live bees in a secured enclosure. SD Natural History Museum. $7 General, $5 children/seniors/students. Info: 232-2821x203. Pre-registration recommended.

14Sunday11am - 3pm
Adopt-A-Pet on Sunday
Friends of County Animal Shelters are placing animals from their Foster Home Program. Animals spayed/neutered, shots, microchipped. Information on pet over-population and importance of spaying/neutering. At Central County Animal Shelter, 5480 Gaines St. 685-3536

17Third Wednesdays7pm
S.D. Field Ornithologists
Meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about birds and how to identify them. Soledad Club, 5050 Soledad Rd. Pacific Beach.

17Thursday7pm - 9pm
S.D. County SPIDERS!
Using live spiders, Jim Berrian will discuss ecology, behavior, anatomy and identification, focusing on local families. Treatment and avoidance of spider bites will also be discussed. SD Natural History Museum. $7 General, $5 children/seniors/students. Info: 232-2821x203. Pre-registration recommended.

21Sunday10am - 5pm
Save-a-Rabbit at EarthFair
The House Rabbit Society has rescued rabbits for adoption. All are spayed/neutered, socialized and box-trained. Stop by for info on adoption and care at EarthFair in Balboa Park. 490-9003.

25Thursday7pm - 9pm
Rattlesnakes: Truth & Myth & Medical Response
Renowned expert Dr. Findlay Russell will discuss the physiology, toxicology and pharmacology of rattlesnake venom joined by Sally Shelton to discuss their natural history. SD Natural History Museum. $7 General, $5 children/seniors/students. Info: 232-2821x203. Pre-registration recommended.

Bats about San Diego
S.D. Audubon will be hosting local bat expert and S.D. Zoo mammal keeper discussing the 22 species of bats found locally. Visitor's Center, Mission Trails Regional Park; Mission Gorge Rd.

May 5Sunday10:30am - 3pm
Adopt-A-Pet in the Park
Friends of County Animal Shelters are placing animals from their Foster Home Program. Animals spayed/neutered, shots, microchipped. Information on pet over-population and importance of spaying/neutering. In Balboa Park, near house of Pacific Relations (across from Organ Pavilion). 685-3536.

Special Events +

on RadioSunday5pm - 6pm
"Living On Earth"
Reports on environmental topics, problems and solutions. Listen to KPBS 89.5FM.

DailyCall for showtimes
Featuring original music by Sting, visit exotic undersea locations in the newest IMAX film at the Reuben H. Fleet Theatre in Balboa Park. Call 238-1233 for prices and showtimes.

thru 4/12
Phone Book Recycling
City of San Diego residents join I Love a Clean San Diego County and Pacific Bell Directory to recycle your old phone books. Call 1-800-953-4400 to find the location nearest you!

11-14Thur thru Sun
42nd Annual Science & Engineering Fair
At the Federal Building in Balboa Park where Jr. & Sr. High students will compete with science, engineering and computer projects. Free and open to the public on 4/11-12: 9am-7pm and on 4/13-14 from 10am-5pm. Info: 533-4248.

Flower Show & Plant Sale
Hosted by Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club, corner of Avenida de Acacias and La Granada. Free. Info: 756-3466.

13Saturday9am - 11am
Ecology through Indigenous People of S.D.
WILD BY NATURE presents Florence Shipek, anthropologist who has dedicated her life to the study of the eco-management of San Diego by the native peoples. Walk the vernal pool habitat with Florence to better understand our local environment. Challenger Jr. High School parking lot, 10850 Montongo (Mira Mesa). Info: 271-8280.

14Sunday1pm - 5pm
Earth Watch, San Diego
S.D. County's environmental challenges will be the focus of a public forum at the First Unitarian Universalist Church 4190 Front Street in Hillcrest. A panel of activists will explore key issues starting at 1pm, with workshops to follow at 3pm. Info: 560-8327. Topics include: rural and urban development, habitat, air and water quality, energy, solid waste, simple living, and economic sustainability.

14Sunday2pm - 3pm
The Forgiving Air Book Signing
Begin Earth Week with a leading authority on global change, Scripps climatologist Dr. Richard Somerville. His engaging presentation and new book focuses on the global environmental impact of its nearly 6-billion human inhabitants. Scripps Birch Aquarium, 2300 Expedition Way, La Jolla. Included with admission. 534-FISH.

16,17Tues & Weds
Conserving the Cleveland
See Duncan McFetridge's slideshow on the beauty and preservation efforts for our local forest. Adventure 16 in San Diego at 8pm on 4/16 4620 Alvarado Canyon Rd, 283-2374; At A-16 in Solana Beach on 4/17 143 S. Cedros Ave, 755-7662 at 7pm.

19Tuesday 7pm
"Best Places to see Wildlife"
in S.D. County slide show with area naturalist Barbara Moore. Also, singer, guitarist Erick Keeling will present original songs with an environmental context. Aviara Oaks Elem. School Aud., 6900 Ambrosia Lane, La Costa. Info: N. County Coastal Sierra Club, 436-7853.

20Saturday9am - 1pm
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Patrick Henry High School, San Carlos, 6702 Wandermere Dr. @ Park Ridge. Household Haz Wastes are any unused or leftover portion of products containing toxic chemicals. Product labels may say: Caution, Warning, Danger, Poison, Toxic, Flammable or Corrosive. Do not mix products. Open to San Diego City residents only. Questions: Call HHMP Hotline: 235-2111; Used Oil Infoline: 235-2105; Paint Exchange Bank: 527-3431; Graffiti Program: 525-8522

26,27Fri or Sat
Play the World Game
invented by Buckminster Fuller, participate in a group learning experience working toward world peace, a clean environment, population stability and economic prosperity. Hosted at the KPBS studios by GENI (Global Energy Network International). Info: 595-0139.

26Friday7pm - 9pm
"Tonifying" Herbal Remedies
The use of Chinese herbal remedies will be discussed at the Taoist Sanctuary, 4229 Park Blvd. S.D. by Bill Helm, a Chinese Tuina practitioner and herbalist. Free. Info: 692-1155.

27Saturday9am - 1pm
Used Auto Product Recycling
Recycle used oil, anti-freeze, oil filters and auto batteries. No business waste. Maximum limit is ten gallons. Balboa Park, Park Blvd. & President's Way. Contact: 235-2105

Hands On for Kids

Thursdays3:15 - 4:45pm
Junior Ranger Programs
The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center offers free weekly activities: 11th: Micro Marsh Monsters; 18th: Estuary Eats; 25th: Moon before June. 575-3613.

Make It-Take It Workshops
Chula Vista Nature Center staff and volunteers offer popular workshops for children of all ages. 7th: Nature Book; 14th: Paper Folding ; 21: Earth Day; 28: tarantula. $.50 per person for materials. 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481

Sundays1pm - 2pm
Critter Chit Chat
Chula Vista Nature Center staff and volunteers chat about biology and natural history of the Center's animal life along with a children's activity. 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481

13Saturday 11am
Great Stream Boat
Race cork boats in the currents, eddies, rapids and pools of Wildcat Canyon Creek. Louis A. Stelzer Park, 11470 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside. Call to register: 561-0580. For ages 7-10.

Everything About Snakes
for kids, with live snakes, snake specimens and Shelly Shelton discussing human and snake behavior and identification. 10am-Noon for grades 1-3 or 1-3pm for grades 4-6. SD Natural History Museum. $7 General, $5 children/seniors/students. Info: 232-2821x203. Pre-registration recommended.

28 Sunday11am - 3pm
WAHOO for Bugs
It's wild, wacky, buggy fun at the S.D. Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Activities include Ms. Frizzle 'Field Trips" on Planet Insect, and many activities. Bring your bugs to be identified. Free with admission. 232-3821 x8.

Networking Mtgs.

Call for dates
Sierra Club for Singles
New social section for singles 21-39 who enjoy hiking, camping, parties, dancing, conservation and cultural activities. Call 299-1744 x2070.

SOS: Secular Organizations for Sobriety
A support organization for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction who are uncomfortable with spiritual content of 12-step programs. At La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach. Brian Biernacki 729-6324.

Call for dates
Recovery, Inc.
sponsor free self-help groups for anxiety, depression, panics, phobias, obsessions, compulsions, anger, and other nervous symptoms. Call 275-0364 for schedule and info.

10Second Wednesdays7pm
Sierra Club
Individuals interested in hikes and other social activities are invited to a Sierra Club orientation. Tierrasanta Rec. Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Info:299-TREE.

Spring Gathering at Ward Valley
in opposition to the proposed radioactive waste dump. Cultural events, workshops, and network about issues concerning Native Americans. Bring tent, sleeping bag, eating utensils, water bottle. Expect sunny days and cool nights. Contact: 326-6267; email: savewardvalleyenvirolink.org.

18Third Thursday6:45pm
Surfrider Chapter
Monthly meeting. Non-members welcome. At Forum Hall, University Towne Center (above Wells Fargo Bldg.) Info: 792-9940

21Third Sundays11am
Planetary Healing Meditations
Each meditation is about 90 minutes long. This month they will take place at EarthFair in Balboa Park. In front of Balboa Park Club.

Urban League Career Fair
San Diego Concourse downtown. Info:263-8196


Various Times
San Diego County Parks
Volunteers provided 36% of total staff hours for San Diego County Parks in 1994/95. For information on volunteering, call 694-3044.

Various Times
San Diego Audubon
is seeking a volunteer, volunteer-coordinator to help recruit and match volunteers with projects. This is a very important, interesting and enjoyable position. Call: 224-4591.

Saturdays 9am - Noon
Tree Planting
Help the Planet - Plant a tree! Join the fun for a greener San Diego and other areas. Bring a shovel and gloves if you have them. Presented by People for Trees. Call 457-2665 for exact locations.

10 Wednesday7pm
Earth Day Volunteer Introduction
See our cool EarthFair slide how and find out how to make a difference: EarthFair in Balboa Park, restoration projects, Shoppers Campaign, Planet San Diego, Very Important Planet Reception, Earth Parade and more! Balboa Park Club, behind puppet theatre off of Pan American Plaza in Balboa Park. Info: 496-6666.

Mariners Point Restoration
S.D. Audubon will be cleaning up the MP least tern nesting site in Mission Bay in preparation for their "re-tern-ing" for the spring and summer. Bring weeding tools, gloves and wear work clothes. 275-0557

13Saturday24 hours
Join S.D. Audubon and count as many different bird species as you can in any 24-hour period anywhere in San Diego in April. Beginners are encouraged to join group outings on the 13th and other dates to learn and enjoy the spring migration. Counters register and collect pledges. Info: 276-6800.

Community Canvass & Rally
The Sierra Club, CALPIRG and the Surfrider Foundation need your help to distribute 40,000 doorhangers in San Diego's beach communities with postcards to the President and Senator Feinsten requesting them to protect America's environmental laws. Part of a national campaign to distribute 2 million doorhangers. Pick up doorhangers at a RALLY with celebrity speakers and environmental leaders at Mission Bay's Tecolote Shores Park (just south of the Hilton on East Mission Bay Dr.). Call 291-5775.

20Saturday all day
Trail Restoration
Volunteer trail workers are WANTED to help repair the terrible rain damage to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. We need: Trail riders, hikers, bikers, others. We offer: free lunch, camaraderie, gift certificate for trail ride at "Holidays on Horseback" If you can't come, please sponsor a worker. Call Liz: 445-3997 or Greg: 765-3019.

Special for Earth Day!

13Saturday11am - 4pm
World Party
at UCSD Warren College, a cultural and environmental extravaganza for folks of all ages. Info: 658-9498.

13Saturday5:30pm - 8:30pm
Teaching Safe Substitutes
at the Children's Museum of San Diego for the entire family, with games, prizes and special guests. Corner of Front & Island, downtown. Info: 235-2111.

Compete for prizes to pick up the most trash from Ocean Beach. Organized by Details Hair Salon, the cleanup will also raise funds for non-profit groups. Contact: 222-6777

17Wednesday9am - 1pm
Earth Day at Guajome Park
In Oceanside, upper picnic area off of Guajome Lake Road. Especially geared toward students K-12. Free info, Great displays, New Exhibits, No fees, no sales. With knowledge comes concern; with concern comes action! Info: 694-3049.

17Wednesday9am - 1pm
All day - Earth Day
at Agua Caliente Regional Park (S-2), Anza Borrego Desert. Check Park for locations of programs. There will be fun, hands-on activities, field trips and a paleontologist will identify any fossils you bring. County Park info: 694-3049

18Thursday10am - 2pm
Earth Day at Southwestern College
Learn about local environmentally friendly businesses and educational programs, 900 Otay Lakes Rd., Chula Vista 421-6700

Earth Day Desert Challenge
Presented by the Marine Corps Comm-Electronics School, morale, welfare and recreation; 5K @ 0830; 10K @ 0915; Kids 1 mile fun run and Adult Health Walk @ 1015; $10, $7, $5; Proceeds benefit Red Cross and YMCA. Activities include: health fair, Earth Day Expo, many giveaways. Victory Field, MCAGSS, 29 Palms; Contact: Lt. Fogarty 830-7525

Gyotaku at the Red Sea
The Japanese art of Gyotaku was developed in the early 1800s by Samurai fishermen to record the exact shape and size of a prize catch before the invention of the camera. Ms. Cherry Sweig interpreted this art into her won style as a unique blend of science, nature and art and will discuss her adventures creating Gyotaku at the Red Sea. Chula Vista Nature Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481

5K Run/walk for Land Conservancy
The course layout will include the beautiful Los Jilgueros Preserve located on S. Mission Rd in Fallbrook. Pre-race registration is $10; Race-day reg is $12 and includes t-shirt and post race refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Fallbrook Land Conservancy dedicated to preserving and enhancing the rural character and natural beauty of the community and surrounding area. Entry form: 723-1151

20Saturdayall day
Trail Restoration
Volunteer trail workers are WANTED to help repair the terrible rain damage to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. We need: Trail riders, hikers, bikers, others. We offer: free lunch, camaraderie, gift certificate for trail ride at "Holidays on Horseback" If you can't come, please sponsor a worker. Call Liz: 445-3997 or Greg: 765-3019.

20Saturday6:30pm - 8:30pm
Earth Day Evening
around the campfire for the whole family at the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, Espola Rd., Poway. Talk with Sally Lambert of Wildlife Rehab and see some critters; hot cocoa. Bring blankets and folding chairs. Park info: 694-3049

21Sunday10am - 5pm
EarthFair in Balboa Park
All-Species Earth Parade begins at 10am. See Program Guide.

21Sunday1pm - 4pm
Earth Day at CVNC
If you don't want the crowd scene at Balboa Park, come to special ED activities at the Chula Vista Nature Center, 1000 Gunpowder Point Drive, Chula Vista. 422-2481.