Join Us for a Bioblitz
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

Join Us for a Bioblitz

Join the Earth Discovery Institute and San Diego Natural History Museum for the City Nature Challenge bioblitz. EDI will be hosting the event on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (access from the Steel Bridge off Hwy 94/Campo Road), Friday, April 27, from 9am to noon. Participants are encouraged to make observations by taking pictures of wild plants and animals and uploading them to the iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/

From April 27-30, 2018, The SDNHM is spearheading our local effort to document as many species as possible via iNaturalist. Not familiar with the app? Not to worry, it’s super user-friendly and free, go to: http://www.sdnhm.org/calendar/the-2018-city-nature-challenge/

EDI staff and volunteers will be on hand to show you how to use iNaturalist on your mobile device, and introduce you to another citizen-science platform, Nature's Notebookhttps://www.usanpn.org/nn/become-observer. This free app encourages users to document phenology and become an observer for the National Phenology Network. Please upload these apps to your mobile device before you join us on April 27 to assure a good internet connectivity.

A bioblitz is a communal citizen-science effort to record as many species within a designated location and time period as possible.
City Nature Challenge is a worldwide competition to see which city can make the most observations of their local plants and animals over a 4-day period. Since San Diego is one of only 35 biodiversity hotspots in the world, we should have this in the bag!

The City Nature Challenge 2018 will begin in San Diego, Friday, April, 27 at 12 AM PT and ends Monday, April 30 at 11:59 PM PT. The Museum will announce the tallied results on Friday, May 4.

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Help A Rare San Diego Species Thrive
Apr
18
8:30 AM08:30

Help A Rare San Diego Species Thrive

  • 13950 El Monte Road Lakeside, CA, 92040 United States (map)
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Join the Earth Discovery Institute, Endangered Habitats Conservancy, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Caltrans and California Department of Fish and Wildlife in rescuing a rare and beautiful native plant: San Diego ambrosia.

We're are recruiting volunteers to help relocate specimens dug from a site slated for development to an area around Hanson Pond, near Lake Jennings in Lakeside. We will provide equipment, hand trowels, shovels, etc. These plants are shallow rooters, so there's not a lot of heavy lifting or deep digging required. It's the perfect opportunity to support native flora and the San Diego River watershed. For more information or to RSVP text 619-654-3793 or send an email to info@earthdiscovery.com

Location: Hanson Pond - East Gate, 13950 El Monte Rd, Lakeside, CA

 San Diego Ambrosia

San Diego Ambrosia

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Intro to Phenology at SDNWR
Mar
23
4:30 PM16:30

Intro to Phenology at SDNWR

  • Singer Lane Rancho San Diego, CA United States (map)
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Even here in San Diego, we can explore the science of seasons. Join EDI staff and volunteers at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge March 23rd from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and discover the science of phenology—The scientific study of cyclical biological events, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to seasons and climatic conditions. You'll learn to use the Nature's Notebook app (https://www.usanpn.org/nn/become-observer) to contribute phenological observations to a national data base. The NN app allows users to document phenology and become an observer for the National Phenology Network. Please download this FREE app to your mobile device (cell phone or tablet) before you join us on March 23rd. Contact EDI at info@earthdiscovery.org for more information.

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Hike Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve
Jan
21
9:00 AM09:00

Hike Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve

Join the SD Natural History Museum's Canyoneers and EDI for a hike on the 5,600 acre California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, Sunday, January 21 from 9am to 1pm. The five mile loop travels through rolling hills, past the riparian habitat of Otay Creeks and through areas where efforts are being made to convert non-native grasslands back to native sage scrub habitat. An historic cement making kiln and borrow mine will also be visited, and a geologist will be on hand to answer questions.

To get there from SR-94 east/Jamul: From the junction of CA-94 and Jamacha Road, turn right on SR-94/Campo Road. Go 7.8 miles (continue through Jamul) to the entrance of the reserve on the right (west). The reserve is not signed, but the gate will be open. If you reach Honey Springs Road you have gone 1.8 miles too far. (GPS N32.684428, W116.846851)

Go to http://www.sdnhm.org/calendar/public-programs/canyoneer-hikes for more information of contact duffy@earthdiscovery.org

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Hike 'n Help
Dec
16
9:00 AM09:00

Hike 'n Help

  • Millar Ranch Road Spring Valley, CA, 91978 United States (map)
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Join EDI and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) this Saturday, December 16, starting with a hike to learn about the habitat, then lending a hand to help with a current restoration project. In partnership with the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Program and the California Coastal Conservancy, EDI and FWS are removing weeds and planting native species along the Sweetwater River. San Diego National Wildlife Refuge manager Jill Terp will walk you through the project area, share information about the creatures and habitats that will benefit, then we’ll rake (de-thatch) to remove dry non-native grasses from some of the planting areas. Wear a hat, suncreen and long pants. Bring a water bottle and a smile. Water, drinks, and snacks will be provided. RSVPs most helpful!

From Rancho San Diego, travel south on Campo Road (SR-94), turn west on Millar Ranch Road, go .2 mile south on from to gate on right. Drive in. You will be directed to parking.

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Native Plant Sale at Rancho Jamul
Oct
7
7:30 AM07:30

Native Plant Sale at Rancho Jamul

The EDI Annual Native Plant Sales are coming soon! Join us at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve to learn more about native plant gardening and to purchase native trees, drought tolerant shrubs, and fragrant and flowering pollinator attracting plants. A list of available plants and prices are below.

If you can't make our plant sales and select your plants up close and personal, pre-ordering is available:

Instructions for pre-orders:

Pre-orders will be accepted for orders of $100 or more. Orders must be placed before September 24, 2017. Send your order in an email to duffy@earthdiscovery.org. Please include your name, phone number and email address, and the plant's scientific name, quantity and price when ordering. For large numbers of plants, a credit card may be requested to hold the order

Note: We do not include native grasses and cacti at our sales, but we can often pre-order them if the growers have them available, so please ask.

We do not deliver, so you will have to pick your plants up at Crestridge Ecological Reserve or Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve during or after the sales. We will not keep plants for more than a week after the the Oct 7 sale at Rancho Jamul.

Contact Mary Duffy: duffy@earthdiscovery.org if you have any questions.

 This list does not guarantee species availability. Some plants sell out early, or issues at the growers, such as predation or other natural factors, make plants unavailable at the time of sale.

This list does not guarantee species availability. Some plants sell out early, or issues at the growers, such as predation or other natural factors, make plants unavailable at the time of sale.

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Native Plant Sale and Crestridge Art & Outdoor Fest
Sep
30
7:30 AM07:30

Native Plant Sale and Crestridge Art & Outdoor Fest

The EDI Annual Native Plant Sale is coming soon! The first sale will be held at Crestridge Ecological Reserve along with food, art and adventure booths.Watch our website and Facebook page for further information.

Here is the list of native plants that will be available at our sales:

Instructions for pre-orders:

Pre-orders will be accepted for orders of $100 or more. Orders must be placed before September 24, 2017. Send your order in an email to duffy@earthdiscovery.org. Please include your name, phone number and email address, and the plant's scientific name, quantity and price when ordering. For large numbers of plants, a credit card may be requested to hold the order

Note: We do not include native grasses and cacti at our sales, but we can often pre-order them if the growers have them available, so please ask.

We do not deliver, so you will have to pick your plants up at Crestridge Ecological Reserve or Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve during or after the sales. We will not keep plants for more than a week after the the Oct 7 sale at Rancho Jamul.

Contact Mary Duffy: duffy@earthdiscovery.org if you have any questions.

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W**D Endangered San Diego Ambrosia
Sep
23
8:30 AM08:30

W**D Endangered San Diego Ambrosia

  • San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (map)
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A beautiful patch of endangered San Diego ambrosia just inside the Par Four entrance to the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge in Rancho San Diego needs our help. Non-native invasive weeds are hampering its ability to thrive. Please join us for a quick hit on this problem... just a couple hours in the cool morning temps should do it! Gloves, tools, drinks, and snacks provided.

Note: Parking is along the street for this trailhead. Please be respectful of the neighborhood and resident's driveways.

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Bonitafest
Sep
16
9:00 AM09:00

Bonitafest

Join EDI at the annual Bonitafest, a celebration of history, family, community, and the heritage and spirit of Bonita and the Sweetwater Valley. This street fair showcases the Bonita/Chula Vista area, including trails on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge to which EDI and partner volunteers such as Bonita Bikers and San Diego Mountain Biking Association contribute time and talent.

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 San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Annual Workshop
Aug
30
8:30 AM08:30

San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) Annual Workshop

 

The Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) was developed to preserve a network of habitat and open space, protecting biodiversity and enhancing the region’s quality of life. This workshop will focus on local, state and federal partners’ MSCP accomplishments including habitat restoration, management and education outreach. The workshop provides an opportunity for the public to learn more about San Diego’s unique habitats, and the role of the MSCP in preserving open space and in enacting regional conservation and management efforts. Members of the public and other interested parties are invited to attend. EDI's work with students and the community supports the Multiple Species Conservation Program in San Diego County. 

General workshop info is as follows:

When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m. - Coffee and Carmel Mountain Preserve Tours; 10:30 AM speakers, 11AM -12 p.m. fair and poster session
Where: Open Air Recreation Center, 4770 Fairport Way, San Diego, CA 92130 (on front lawn area- carpooling, refillable water bottles, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and hats suggested)

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Native Plant Seed Cleaning
Aug
19
8:30 AM08:30

Native Plant Seed Cleaning

Spend a morning helping the habitat without leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned room. EDI is assisting the habitat with native seed collection and cleaning to restore native plant communities in southeast San Diego County. You’ll learn details about the projects and the value of the plants whose seeds we’ll be cleaning. Tools, drinks, and snacks provided. 14715 Hwy 94/Campo Road, Jamul, CA 91935. Community service hours available! Please RSVP to info@earthdiscovery.org.

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Native Plant Seed Cleaning
Jul
29
8:30 AM08:30

Native Plant Seed Cleaning

Spend a morning helping the habitat without leaving the comfort of an air-conditioned room. EDI is assisting the habitat with native seed collection and cleaning to restore native plant communities in southeast San Diego County. You’ll learn details about the projects and the value of the plants whose seeds we’ll be cleaning. Tools, drinks, and snacks provided. 14715 Hwy 94/Campo Road, Jamul, CA 91935. Community service hours available! Please RSVP to info@earthdiscovery.org.

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Jul
8
8:30 AM08:30

Native Seed Cleaning

Spend a day helping the habitat without leaving the comfort of air conditioning! EDI is assisting the habitat with native seed collection and cleaning to restore native plant communities in southeast San Diego County. You’ll learn details about the projects and the value of the plants whose seeds we’ll be cleaning. Tools, drinks, and snacks provided. Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, 14715 Campo Road, Jamul, CA 91935

 Seed Cleaning in the comfort of the Old Daley Ranch at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve

Seed Cleaning in the comfort of the Old Daley Ranch at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve

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Jun
24
8:30 AM08:30

Native Seed Collection

Successful habitat restoration depends on collecting native plant seeds from the right areas at the right times. Please join us to contribute to this vital process. Wear a hat and sturdy shoes, long pants suggested. Tools, drinks, and snacks provided. Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve. 14715 Campo Road, Jamul, CA 91935. Please RSVP to info@earthdiscovery.org.

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Jun
17
8:30 AM08:30

Native Grass Planting 2

Join the Earth Discovery Institute for a second day of planting native bunch grasses. A native grass farm is being established at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve to serve as a seed source for grasslands restoration throughout the region. Volunteer to help us get more native bunch grasses into the ground and growing. This event takes place on both Friday (June 16) and Saturday (June 18) mornings. Come for either or both! Wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Tools, refreshments and snacks provided. 14715 Campo Road, Jamul, CA 91935. RSVPs to info@earthdiscovery.org requested but not mandatory.

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Native Grass Planting
Jun
16
8:30 AM08:30

Native Grass Planting

Native grasslands were once one of California’s common habitats, now, they make up less than 5% of the state's natural environment. Efforts are underway at Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve to build a ‘farm’ of native grasses that will serve as a seed source for grasslands restoration throughout the region. Volunteer to help us get more of these native bunch grasses into the ground. This event takes place on both Friday (June 16) and Saturday (June 18) mornings. Come for either or both! Wear a hat and sturdy shoes. Tools, refreshments and snacks provided. 14715 Campo Road, Jamul, CA 91935. Please RSVP to info@earthdiscovery.org.

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Trail Trimming
Jun
7
5:15 PM17:15

Trail Trimming

Trail Trimming after Work at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge: Winter rains have resulted in impressive native and non-native plant growth in the habitat. Join us at the refuge after your work day (at office, home or school) to nudge the weeds and native plants back off your favorite trails. Wear a long sleeved shirt, hat, and sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle. We will provide tools, gloves, snacks and water. Meet at the Singer Lane/Highway 94 parking lot at 5:15. We’ll hit the trail at 5:30.

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Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

Walk After Work

RJER Hike Kiln

Join us after-work at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve for a walk in this special setting. Rolling hills, native wildflowers, raptors, and historic sites. Bring your walkin’ shoes, your hat, and water.

Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve, 14715 Campo Road, Jamul 91935

Limited participation. Walk leaves promptly at 5:00pm. RSVPs required: info@earthdiscovery.org or 619-654-3793

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Apr
13
5:00 PM17:00

Walk After Work

  • San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Sweetwater Unit (map)
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SDNWR Sweetwater wooden bridge

We’ll walk a lovely loop on the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge's Sweetwater Interp Loop while we listen for Least Bell’s vireos and California gnatcatchers. You’ll head home feeling energized by Vitamin Green! Bring your walkin’ shoes, your hat, and water. Limited participation. Walk leaves promptly at 5:00pm from Singer Lane parking area at the historic Steel Bridge (intersection of Hwy 94/Campo Road and Singer Lane in Rancho Jamul)

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Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

Walk After Work

CEr Trail Sign

Crestridge is lush and colorful this spring. Join us for a saunter through some of the lovely, blooming spots while keeping an eye out for native wildlife. Bring your walkin’ shoes, your hat, and water. Limited participation. Walk leaves promptly at 5:00pm from the Horsemill Road entrance.

Crestridge Ecological Reserve, 1171 Horsemill Road, El Cajon, CA 92021

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Weed Along the Way WALK
Mar
18
8:00 AM08:00

Weed Along the Way WALK

Join EDI at Crestridge Ecological Reserve, 1171 Horsemill Road, El Cajon, to weed and walk the Reserve trails. Invasive weeds are most problematic along trails, were bike treads, horses hoofs and vibram soles carry non-native seeds into the Reserve. With this winters ample moisture the invasive species are trieving. Help us hold them back and give our natives some room to grow. You'll learn how to recognize native, naturalized and  invasive plants along the way. 

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Canyoneer Hike at Crestridge Ecological Reserve
Jan
29
8:30 AM08:30

Canyoneer Hike at Crestridge Ecological Reserve

Join San Diego Natural History Museum's Canyoneer Nature Guides for a short hike at Crestridge Ecological Reserve (CER). This beautiful reserve supports chaparral, coastal sage scrub, riparian and oak woodland habitats. With over 20 miles of trails, CER is a welcoming place to explore San Diego's east county and wild places.

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Refuge Weeders
Jan
14
9:00 AM09:00

Refuge Weeders

  • 3581 Par 4 Drive El Cajon, CA, 92019 United States (map)
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Join EDi and US Fish & Wildlife Service at the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, Sweetwater River Unit off of Par 4 Drive for a day of invasive plant species removal (aka weeding). A wildlife biologist and other botany types will join us to learn more about invasive species and what volunteers can do to slow the advance of non-native weeds. This is a somewhat physical event with a short hike with incredible views and plenty of beautiful native plants to get to know along the way. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water and gloves if you have them.

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