July '97 Earth-Friendly Events

Nature Outings


Wildlife /Pets

Recycling Events

Lectures/Special Events

Hands On For Kids




Health & Diet

Nature Outings

All month
Hikes & Presentations & Much More

throughout the County. For a schedule of events call SD County Parks. Info: (619)694-3004.

Free Kayak Lessons

Every Saturday morning. Host: Mission Bay Paddle Sports. Info & reservations: (619) 488-5599.

Plant Walks in Balboa Park

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.

Sat & Sun9:30am
Nature & Wildlife Walks

Free walks, call for area and themes. Host: Mission Trails Regional Park. Info: (619)668-3275.

Sat & Sun
Weekend Wildlife Walks

Free to all hosted by Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. Explore nature with expert guides. Bring binoculars if you have them. 1st & 4th Sat. @ 8am. Call for locations. 2nd & 3rd Sats @ 9-11am, meet at 5th & Iris Sts, Imperial Beach, Every Sunday @ 3pm, meet at the Visitor Center. Info & reservations: (619)575-3613.

Sunday Stroll at Silver Strand State Park

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.

Free Bird Walk

as Sweetwater Marsh. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481. Rain cancels.

Interpretive Walks in Balboa Park

Covering history and botanical treasures. Meet at the Visitor Center off Plaza de Panama. Host: Balboa Park Visitor's Center. Info: (619) 239-0512.

Call for dates
San Diego Audubon

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.

5 Saturday8am
Bird Walk at Tijuana Estuary

All ages welcome. Call for RSVP and locations. Host: Tijuana Estuary. Info: 422-2481.

12 Saturday10am - 12pm
Nature Walk at Wooded Hill

The Lagunas are usually sunny this time of year. Walk an easy 1.5 mile gradual slope through oak-pine woodland to a panoramic mountain view. Take I-8 to Sunrise Hwy. (S-1), north 8.3 miles to Wooded Hill Rd., left 1/4 mile and park on left at "wide space in the road." Host: SD Natural History Museum. Info: (619) 232-3821x203.

12 Saturday9am
Free Nature Walk

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.

13,27 Sunday9am
Bug Walks

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.

19 Sunday1pm
Famosa Slough Bird Walk

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.

19 Saturday8am
Bird Walk

at Sweetwater Marsh. Rain cancels. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481.

Walk on the Wildside

at Torrey Pines Extension in Del Mar. See soaring hawks and Neotropical migrants. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Reservations & directions: (619)422-2481.


July 12-Jan 510am-4:30pm
A Galaxy of Gorgeous Gourds

will be on display at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, featuring more than 75 carved cucurbits of South America telling the history and uses of gourds dating from 2500 B.C. to the present. Info: (619) 239-2001.


Sundays 1pm
Critter Chit Chat

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.

Sundays 1:30pm
Raptor Rap

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.

Sundays10am - 2pm

7/5: Pet People 5664 Mission Ctr. Rd, 7/12: Petco 2510 Jamacha Rd., 7/19: Petco 3994A Clairemont Mesa Blvd., 7/26: Pet People 8011 University Ave #C, La Mesa. Host: Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals. Info: Penny Adams 466-9137.

132nd Sunday10:30am - 3pm
Adopt-a-Pet in the Park

Adopt abandoned animals from the Friends of County Animal Shelter Adoption Program. All pets are spayed or neutered, have shots and microchips. Balboa Park, near the House of Pacific Relations. Info:(619)685-3536.

Special Raptor Rap

will be visiting the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center. See and learn about birds of prey. Free. (619)575-6913.

Call for dates
Free Spay/Neuter for Homeless Cats

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.


Recycling Events

16 Wednesday8am - 11am
Recycling in San Diego?

A community advisory committee, formed to evaluate options for future residential curbside recycling for the City of San Diego, will be holding a public meeting. 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. Info: (619)492-5010. For info on recycling locations and events, call the City's Recycling Hotline: 800-237-2583

Lectures/Special Events

Concerts Under the Oaks

at Quail Botanical Gardens, on the lawn under the spreading old Cork Oak trees. July 20th: Jimmer Bolden & the Joe Azarello Trio, August 3: Valley Blue Grass Boys and August 17: Bruce Cameron Quartet. $12 per concert or $30 for the series. Info: (760)436-3036.

7Monday7pm - 9pm
Life in Amber

George Poinar, Ph.D, will cover the origin and preservative qualities of amber, human use of amber throughout the ages, and the range of life-forms found in amber and possibility of their reconstruction. At SD Natural History Museum, Balboa Park. $7 gen. admission, $5 members, students, seniors & children. Info: 232-3821x203.

8,9 Tues,Wed7pm
Ever Trekked with a Llama?

This slide presentation by Lee Stanley tempts you with the many delights of fully catered llama trekking. Also emphasized is an intro. to nature photography. At Adventure 16: 7/8, San Diego store, 7/9, Solana Beach store. Info & directions: Ted Seastrom (619) 683-2418.

8,9 Tues,Wed7pm
Expand Your Backpacking Knowledge

If you're new to backpacking, this clinic expands your knowledge of outdoor equipment and increases your ability to venture into the back country with confidence. At Adventure 16, San Diego store. Info & directions: Ted Seastrom (619) 683-2418.

Ticket to Tecate Railroad Trip!

to the Festival de la Cerveza. Tour the Tecate Brewery. Depart Campo on Sat @ 10:30am and on Sun at 1:30pm. Return Saturday or stay over to enjoy concert on Sunday. Historic train ride, one-hour each way, $35 per person, round trip, train ride only. Reservations & Info: (619) 595-3030.

Chart Your Course with GPS

Learn the basics of locking onto Global Positioning System satellite signals for a variety of outdoor activities. Free. Adventure-16, 4620 Alvarado Cyn Rd. Info: Jessica (619) 283-2362.

Clairemont Organic Gardening Club

Learn, share and garden on the last Saturday of each month. Host: Laurie Cohen. Call for location 270-1490.

"Keep on Believing - Summerfest"

hosted by Clairemont Emmanuel Baptist Church, 2610 Galveston (@ Clairemont Dr.). Info: (619) 276-1922.

Hands-on for Kids

Sundays1pm - 2pm
Make-it, Take-it Workshops

Do a different Nature Craft every Saturday & Sunday using recycled materials. Fee 50¢. Host: Chula Vista Nature Center. Info: (619) 422-2481.

Thursdays 3:15pm - 4:45pm
Junior Ranger Programs

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.


First Friday12pm - 2pm
Environmental Committee of the Tijuana-San Diego Region

Forum for environmentally concerned groups and individuals from both sides of the border to address issues of common interest, form binational coalitions, and participate in educational events. Affiliated with the United Nations Associations and the S.D. - Tijuana Sister Cities Society. Meets first Friday of each month alternately in San Diego and Tijuana. The San Diego meetings are usually held at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor's Center; Tijuana meetings are usually held at the new Red Cross (Cruz Roja) offices in the eastern Rio Tijuana area. email: kaarekaol.com for Carpools and Info: Kaare Kjos (619)285-1725.

3 Thursday6:45pm
Sustainability Networking

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.

7 Monday7pm
Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation

has its 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.

9 Wednesday7pm
Sierra Club Orientation

Individuals 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 21-39 call 544-6124). Second Wednesday of the month, Tierrasanta Rec. Center, 11220 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. Host: SD Sierra Club. Info: 299-1744.

17 Thursday6:45pm
Surfrider Foundation

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 July. The City is proposing to reduce wetlands protections and reduce community involvement. Get involved! Host: Californians for Quality of Life. : (619)496-3361.



Every day
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 (619)272-7370.

Sundays7:30am - 3pm
Straw Bale Work Parties

Learn about stuccoing straw bale walls by helping stucco a SB community center building at a Habitat for Humanity community in Tecate Mexico. Call to confirm. Host: Habitat for Humanity. : Skip Fralick 565-2603.

Call for times

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. Host: Tri-Canyon Volunteer Program. Info: Jeannette De Angelis (619) 581-9961.

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 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.

Project Wildlife

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.

Seeking Assistants

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.

Thru Sep 15
Natural History Museum Docent Training

The San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park is accepting applications for its 1997-98 Docent Training Class. After training on flora, fauna and geology of SD County, docents conduct in-museum presentations and outreach programs. Classes every Wed., 8/97 thru 3/98. Two year docent commitment requested. Info: (619) 232-3821x7.

Thru 31
Canyoneer Training Class

Canyoneers are volunteers who receive training on the local flora, fauna and geology of the San Diego area. They learn to interpret the interactions among these elements for school groups and the general public on guided nature walks. At SD Natural History Museum in Balboa Park. Classes every Saturday 8am - 3pm, mid-Sept thru mid-Dec. Commitment to lead 20 walks over two years required. Classes every Wed., 8/97 thru 3/98. Two year docent commitment requested. Info: (619) 232-3821x7.


Sundays 6:30pm
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.

Call for dates

Nicotine Anonymous

has 12-step meetings throughout the metro and North County areas for those who have a desire to stop using nicotine. Info: 781-5070.

Recovery, Inc.

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.

3,17First & Third Thursdays7pm
San Diego City HELP

is a non-profit support group for people with herpes and their partners. Meets in Physician's dining room off the cafeteria at the USCD Med Center in Hillcrest. Info: (619)491-1194.

Free Healing Circle

Meets monthly on 1st and 3rd Sundays for meditation, healing and fellowship. Host: La Jolla Health & Massage Group. Directions: Mikel Wade (619)454-8855

8Tuesday7pm - 9pm
Radiant Health Lecture Series

with Dr. Bettina Yelman. "How to Protect Yourself from Chemicals, Pollutants and Radiation. California Naturopathic College, 1011 Camino Del Mar, Ste. #204, Del Mar. Attend first lecture free, each thereafter is $10. Info: (619)259-8716.

9,23 Wed1:45pm & 7pm
Wellness Education Workshops

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) 275-3683

12Saturday9am - Noon
Healing & Health Workshops

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.

12 Saturday2pm - 6pm
Raw Foods Potluck

Each potluck features food prepared in a raw (live enzyme) recipe. Please arrive with your recipe written out in full so it can be shared. 134 H Ave, Coronado. Host: Raw Foods Support Group of SD. Grace & Henrik Volkman (619) 435-1221.

13Sunday4pm - 7pm
Macrobiotic Potluck

Share food and meet new friends at this combined pot luck with EarthSave, the Macrobiotic Association, Club Veg, and the Raw Foods Group at La Jolla Shores Park. Bring your own reusable picnic items along with a dish for 8 with a card listing the ingredients. Call for categories, reservations & directions: Betty Rose (619) 454-2024.

19 Saturday2pm - 6pm
Wild Edible Foods Walk

Call and leave your phone number for reservations and a map. Host: Raw Foods Support Group of SD. Reservations & directions: (619) 698-5969.

YESS - Young Enthusiastic Stroke Survivors

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.