Hours of Operation
9 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week,
depending on docent availability.

Call rangers at 760-632-4212 for more information.

About the Interpretive Center

In March of 2008, TECC, and the Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD), broke ground on the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty (EFRR).

This unique partnership between a land conservancy and a water district has been responsible for this exciting vision of an Interpretive Center along the Escondido Creek.

The EFRR is a spectacular 784-acre open space park and recreational area, which was developed by OMWD, in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority (Authority) and the U.S. Department of the Interior-Bureau of Land Management.

One of San Diego County ‘s most precious natural resources, the Reserve currently offers approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, equestrian trails, primitive picnic areas, and scenic mountain viewing points. In addition, the natural beauty of the Reserve includes such native plant communities as oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub and chaparral.

Owned by the Authority and operated and managed by OMWD, the Reserve has been designed to unify the interests of domestic water supply development, natural resources management and recreational opportunities. Park Rangers conduct guided group tours and student exploration programs to help promote environmental awareness and preservation of local watersheds. All wildlife and natural resources at the Reserve are fully protected so that future generations may also enjoy these wonders.