Hikes & Presentations & Much More
throughout the County. For a schedule of events call SD County Parks. Info: (619)694-3004.
Every Saturday morning. Host: Mission Bay Paddle Sports. Info & reservations: (619) 488-5599.
1st Sat: History; 2nd Sat: Palms; 3rd Sat: Trees; 4th Sat: Desert Walk; 5th: Seasonal color; Meet at Botanical Bldg. Rain cancels; no reservations required. Host: Balboa Park. Info: (619) 235-1121.
Free walks, call for area and themes. Host: Mission Trails Regional Park. Info: (619)668-3275.
Free walk featuring the history and natural history of south SD Bay. Good opportunity to see migratory shorebirds and waterfowl. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481.
Covering history and botanical treasures. Meet at the Visitor Center off Plaza de Panama. Host: Balboa Park Visitor's Center. Info: (619) 239-0512.
offers amazing birding trips monthly. Info: 280-7710.
Blue Sky Canyon Outings
walks and events. Host: Blue Sky Ecological Preserve, Poway. Info: 486-7238.
Canyon Hikes & Tours
12020 Black Mountain Rd. Host: Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. Info: 484-3219.
This is a perfect family outing with the Bug Man. You'll learn to identify many of the insects that live in the uplands of SD County. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481.
Enjoy a weekend at Foster Lodge on Mt. Laguna that may influence the rest of your life. The NKW combines education and appreciation for our natural resources along with sharing and building of new friendships. Friday evening to Sunday noon. $75 SC members/ $85 non-members. Includes 6 meals, 2 nights lodging, naturalist manual, workshops, hikes, yoga, t-shirt. Host: SD Sierra Club. Info: Lee (619) 453-9478.
Call for RSVP and locations. All ages welcome. Host: Tijuana Estuary. Directions & times: 422-2481.
You'll look for such wildflowers as scarlet larkspur and Indian pinks. Short hike is a moderate loop; long hike takes you to Oakzanita Peak (about 7 miles). Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info & directions: (619) 232-3821x203.
A few steps down a small hill take you to an easy trail along the lagoon. Sweeping views of the estuary provide an opportunity to view waterbirds. Non-salt marsh habitats included. In Solana Beach: Take I-5 to Lomas Santa Fe west to Rios Ave; turn north and park at the end of Rios. Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info: (619) 232-3821x203.
Led by Conservancy docents, the walk will feature migratory birds and the native plants they depend on. Rain cancels. Host: San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy. Reservations & directions: (760)436-3944.
Juaquapin Creek Trail is a beautiful, shaded, creekside path with an array of wildflowers. At Cuyamaca Rancho State Park. Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info & directions: (619) 232-3821x203.
Beginning and experienced bird watchers are invited to join a free bird walk. This is an easy walk with good views of a variety of shorebirds and migrating ducks and typical tidal wetland habitat. Bring binoculars if you have them. Rain cancels. Meet at the kiosk as the intersection of West Pt. Loma Blvd. and Famosa Blvd. Host: Friends of Famosa Slough. Info: (619)224-4591.
at Sweetwater Marsh. Rain cancels. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481.
Discover the progression of wildflowers as meadows replace dwindling lakes surrounded by majestic Jeffrey pines. You'll look for acorn woodpeckers, swallows, bluebirds and jays. Bring water and lunch. Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info & directions: (619) 232-3821x203.
Middle Peak is the center of three peaks in the Cuyamaca range. Offers some of the largest pine trees in the park. Bring water and lunch on this moderate hike. Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info: (619) 232-3821x203.
at Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach. See soaring hawks and Neotropical migrants. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481.
Walk through meadows and dense forest, following a creek. Along this shady, cool streamside you might see azaleas, columbines and tiger lilies. Bring water and lunch. Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info: (619) 232-3821x203.
7-8,28-29Sat,Sun12pm - 4:30pm
Native American Basketry
Watch as deft fingers weave, sew and work wonders with natural materials like wicker, grass and willow in the precise and painstaking craft of Native American Basketry. 6/7-8: Gladys McKinney, member of the Western Mono tribe. 6/28-29: Terrol Dew Johnson, member of the Tohono O'odham tribe. At SD Museum of Man. Info: 239-2001.
Dazzling Native American dancers, traditional storytellers, nimble fingered artisans, delicious Indian fare and collector-quality arts and crafts are featured at the 14th annual event. Santa Fe-style "Indian Market" and crafts for youngsters. Host: SD Museum of Man. Info: (619) 239-2001.
All month9am - 4:45pm
June is "Adopt a Cat" Month
Discover the rewards of cat ownership this month at the start of "kitten season." All adoptees are spayed/neutered, screened for health and temperament, vaccinated and microchipped. New owners receive certificate for free exam, cat carrier, safety collar and ID tag. Fee $60. 887 Sherman St. Host: SD Humane Society and S.P.C.A.. Info: (619) 299-7012.
Nature Center staff and volunteers chat about the biology and natural history of their birds, reptiles, mammals, fish or invertebrates. Free with Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Pt. Dr. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619)422-2481.
Nature Center staff and volunteers rap with visitors and meet the hawks and owls used in educational programs. Free with Center admission. 1000 Gunpowder Pt. Dr. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619)422-2481.
6/7: Petco, 1210 W. Morena Blvd; 6/14: Petco 9420 Mira Mesa Blvd; 6/21: Petco 2749 Via de la Valle; 6/28: Pet People, 8011 University Ave., La Mesa. Host: Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals. Info: Penny Adams 466-9137.
One clinic per month in various areas throughout SD county for wild and unowned cats. To help homeless cats, please use this opportunity. Humane traps are available to borrow. Also, volunteers are needed. Host: Feral Cat Coalition. Info: (619) 497-1599.
Learn how our feathered and furry friends get into trouble and need human help. Project Wildlife rescues hundreds of animals a year and trains volunteers to do the right things. Host: REI, Inc. Info: (619) 279-4400.
4Wednesday6pm - 8pm
Recycling in San Diego?
A community advisory committee, formed to evaluate options for future residential curbside recycling for the City of San Diego, is leaning towards cancelling the program, not expanding it. Please come to this public hearing for citizens to express their views. Environmental Services Department, 9601 Rideghaven Ct. in Kearny Mesa. Off I-15 take Balboa west , turn left at first light (Viewridge). Turn left at Ridgehaven; 9601 is at the end of the cul-de-sac. If you can't attend please phone your comments via voicemail at (619) 492-5023 or mail comments to the Director, Env. Servcies Dept., 9601 Ridgehaven Ct. S.D. 92123-1636. Info: (619)492-5010.
Sundays7:30am - 3pm
Straw Bale Work Parties
Learn about stuccoing straw bale walls by helping stucco a SB community center building at an H4H community in Tecate Mexico. Call to confirm. Host: Habitat for Humanity. Skip Fralick 565-2603.
Express your love of nature free with Artist in Residence Windy Bravo. Host: Tijuana Estuary Reserve. Info & directions: (619) 575-3613.
A community sing with Alice Parker open to everyone who would like to learn to sing or sing again in a group. SINGS led by Ms. Parker have delighted groups all over North America for more than 20 years. St. Elizabeth Seton Church at Alga Rd & El Fuerte in Carlsbad. Donation: $5 adults, $3 children/students/seniors. Host: La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Info: (619)534-4637.
Celebrate the opening of the Balboa Park Hiking and Biking Trail System. 10am: Ribbon Cutting ceremony & blessing. Then until 3pm, Canyoneers will lead hikes in the canyon, Other organizations will have booths along with bike clinics and mountain bike races at the Velodrome. Morley Field Sports Complex, 2221 Morley Field Dr. Host: SD City Parks. Info: (619)235-1100.
Dr. Karen Chin discusses the use of coprolites - the fossilized remains of animal feces - to reveal dinosaur dietary and paleoecological information unavailable from skeletal remains. At SD Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. $7 gen. admission, $5 members, students, seniors & children. Info: 232-3821x203.
Free lecture and slide show of North American carnivores by expert wildlife tracker Susan Morse. Charles Nunn Performing Arts Center, Olive Pierce Middle School, 1521 Hanson Lane, Ramona. Host: Iron Mountain Conservancy. Directions: Julie 789-8136.
Learn, share and garden on the last Dunday of each month. Host: Laurie Cohen. Info: 270-1490.
Bilingual Story Hour
Free bilingual story hour for children and parents in English and Spanish along with nature activities to go with the story Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619) 422-2481.
Do a different Nature Craft every Saturday & Sunday using recycled materials. $.50 fee. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619) 422-2481.
Free weekly activities for K-6th grades including hands-on learning, bird watching, nature walks, art projects, stories and games. 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach. Host: Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. : (619)575-3613.
Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
has it's Board meetings on the first Monday of the month at the Aviara Info Center, Black Rail Ct. off of Alga Rd., Carlsbad. The public is welcome. Help protect one of North County's wetland wonders. Info: 431-5640.
For all those interested in practical applications of sustainability in our bioregion. Attend monthly meetings on 1st Thurs. at U.S. International University Green Hall.: Skip Fralick (619)565-2603.
Folks interested in outdoors and conservation activities are invited to learn about the many programs of the Sierra Club including Sierra Singles (299-TREE) and Younger Sierrans (singles ages 31-29 call 544-6124). Second Sunday of the moth, Tierrasanta Rec. Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Host: SD Sierra Club. Info: 299-1744.
Michael Beck of the Endangered Habitats League will discuss habitat preserve planning for our region. Free. Aviara Oaks Elementary School auditorium, 6900 Ambrosia Lane, La Costa. (3 blocks west of El Camino Real off Alga Rd. From I-5 take Poinsettia exit east.) Host: Coastal North County Sierra Club. Info: Nicole (619)299-1743.
San Diego Chapter meetings are held every 3rd Thursday at Forum Hall above Wells Fargo at UTC, La Jolla Village Dr. & Genesee : (619)792-9940.
Call for dates
Zoning Code Update
Maybe more than any other document, the ZCU will determine the future development in the City of SD. It will determine the processes for community participation and appeals. Public hearings will be held in June and July. The City is proposing to reduce wetlands protections and reduce community involvement. Get involved! Host: Californians for Quality of Life. : (619)496-3361.
San Diego Earth Day
Make a difference with people and the environment. Help with projects at our Pacific Beach office or from home. Projects include the Harvest EarthFair in Vista on 9/27 and Community Restoration teams. Info: Kari Gray (619)272-7370.
SDAA is looking for dependable, motivated volunteers for non-violent activities in promoting compassion for all living animals. Info: (619) 943-0330.
SD Park & Rec Dept.
Become more involved with the interpretation and preservation of the Tri-Canyon area, consisting of Tecolote Natural Canyon, Marian Bear Memorial Park and Rose Canyon. Volunteers are needed to become docents, lead nature hikes and bird walks/talks, and help the rangers patrol. Receive training in natural history, docent work, first aid. Host: Tri-Canyon Volunteer Program. Info: Jeannette De Angelis (619) 581-9952.
Habitat for Humanity
will start a "ReStore" business this summer to recycle and resell building materials. Three key positions available: floor manager, volunteer coordinator, and truck driver. These volunteer positions and will become paid positions when resale revenues become adequate. Floor manager and truck driver candidates must be knowledgeable about construction materials. Info: Skip Fralick (619)565-2603.
San Diego County Parks
Volunteers provided 36% of total staff hours for County Parks in 1994/95. Become a live-in, docent, historic, recreation or patrol volunteer. Info: (619)694-3044.
Helping Our Wildlife is a nonprofit organization seeking volunteers to help rescue and rehabilitate orphaned, injured or displaced wildlife. Info: (760)789-5033.
Needs volunteers to care for baby birds and mammals in their own homes. Rescue, transport and telephone volunteers are also needed. Info: (619)579-5083.
National Cat Protection Society
Cat lovers are needed to help with general care, grooming and TLC. Two hours per week time commitment. At 9031 Birch St. Spring Valley. Tues.-Sat. Noon-5pm. Info: Gail (619) 469-8771.
People for Trees - Tree Plantings
Help the Planet - Plant a Tree! Join the fun for a greener SD and other areas. Call for dates, times and locations. Gail (619) 234-TREE (8733).
Library Literacy Services
Needs dedicated persons to tutor adults in reading and writing. Can you imagine what it would be like not to be able to read a book to your child? We provide training, materials and tutoring space. Info: (619)336-4280.
San Diego Animal Advocates
is looking for dependable, motivated volunteers for nonviolent activities in promoting compassion for all living animals. (619)943-0330.
Carolyn Chase is seeking a personal assistant or two to help with a number of projects including this newspaper, Californians for Quality of Life political action committee, and the Earth Day Network. Call for an interview. You need to be smart and fearless. Positions may be funded with any luck and a lot of hard work. (619)272-7423.
Peace Resource Center
is a nonprofit clearinghouse for peace, social justice, and environmental activities. Gary Cagle (619) 265-0730.
Wild Animal Park/Ellen Scripps Garden
Help maintain a wonderful garden of flowers, herbs, tropical plants and trees. This is an educational project demonstrating xeriscaping (low-water) and other environmentally responsible landscaping methods. Flexible schedule. Betty Pharris (619)283-6000.
REI's 1997 Service Project at scenic Torrey Pines State Reserve. Snacks & water, tools & gloves provided, and t-shirt. Parking free. Host: REI. Info: (619)279-4400.
Sharing coastline, community & cleanup in Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico. Host: Women's Environmental Council. Info & directions: Lisa (619) 670-3582.
volunteers are needed to help remove exotic, invasive plants on the new Heller's Bend Preserve. Host: Fallbrook Land Conservancy. Info & directions: (909) 698-3025.
SOS: Secular Organizations for Sobriety
Support for people recovering from alcohol and drug addiction who are uncomfortable with the spiritual content of 12-step programs. At La Colonia Community Center, 715 Valley Ave., Solana Beach.Directions: Brian Biernacki (619729-6324.
has 12-step meetings throughout the metro and North County areas for those who have a desire to stop using nicotine. Info: 781-5070.
sponsors free, self-help groups for anxiety, depression, panics, phobias, obsessions, compulsions, anger and other nervous symptoms. Info: (619)275-0364.
H.O.P.E. Anyone suffer
Home Outreach for Persons with Environmental Illness is a new self-help network which offers encouragement, information and hope to chemically sensitive persons. Info & directions: Lois Fritz (619) 445-0919.
Meets monthly on 1st and 3rd Sundays for meditation, healing and fellowship. Host: La Jolla Health & Massage Group. Directions: Mikel Wade (619)454-8855
Learn with Dr. Bettina Yelman teaching natural healing support for women during every stage of their lives. Also, learn the dietary considerations for infants, teens and the elderly as well as what men can do for prostate concerns. Fri: 6-10pm, Sat/Sun: 10am-6pm. $220 + $25 non-refundable reg. fee. 1011 Camino Del Mar Ste. #204, Del Mar. Host: Calif. Naturopathic College. Info, registration: Claudia (619)259-8716.
Each potluck features food prepared in a raw (live enzyme) recipe. Please arrive with your recipe written out in full so it can e shared. Caution to those who buy processed or prepared foods from a store: it's easy to be deceived by labels. Host: Raw Foods Support Group of SD. Reservations & directions: Dominic D'Arcy (619) 632-5366.
A support group where young stroke survivors and families can receive education in a positive environment. At Sharp Rehab., monthly on 3rd Sunday. Directions: (800) 827-4277.
Presenting information regarding the cause and prevention of arthritis, disc degeneration and stress-related health problems, five simple tests to determine spinal problems, secret cause of illness, staying well naturally and exercises to speed recovery. Space limited, RSVP. Host: Wellness Education Foundation. Reservations: Ernie Passwaters (619) 275-3680x22.
Learn to lower stress, use herbal remedies, lose weight, or become a Reike healer through Miracosta College's Community Services Program. 6/7: Introduction to Reike, $43. 6/12: The Roots of Healing - Herbal Tonic for Radiant Health, $31. 6/21: Herbal Guide to Stress Relief; $31. Other workshops available. Info & reservations: (760) 757-2121x6820.